HDCP or HDMI for Mac's???

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mdntcallr, Oct 14, 2006.

  1. mdntcallr macrumors 65816


    Aug 1, 2000
    So i am interested in getting a Mac Pro, may wait till quad cores come in Nov.

    Does anyone know about the ability for me to stick a blu-ray drive in the optical bay?

    also? what about HDCP? and HDCP compliant monitor?

    I want the ability to watch movies and more on there. even author home HD movies from HD camcorder to Blu-Ray.


    What is the ability there for me to do all this? and soon?

    The ATI x1900 card is not HDCP.... is there one compatible with the mac that will be? or is?

    Can i add an aftermarket PC x1950 card? that card is compatible with HDCP.
  2. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    You're talking about two different things.

    HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) is a copy protection scheme designed to protect the transmission of HD content from being intercepted between the player and the display. This is to prevent piracy of films etc.

    HDMI is simply a connector that combines digital video output and sound into a single, small connector.

    HDCP works over both HDMI and DVI - the new Dell 2407 is HDCP-compliant over its DVI input and as such you can use it with a HD content delivery device.

    I think that once Apple includes HD-DVD or Blu-ray interfaces in the Mac we will see HDCP-compliant DVI video cards and monitors. I'm not sure if it would be possible to retroactively apply HDCP via a firmware update for the video card, certainly not the monitors.
  3. mdntcallr thread starter macrumors 65816


    Aug 1, 2000
    darn ...
    just hoping a way to do this. because Apple seems to be AWOL on it currently.

    yeah i don't mind DVI, don't have a thing for HDMI, just whatever works.

    have the cables already, so no biggie.

    Just want to be able to get the HDTV working on the mac.

    But i guess if i want this rig as a mac. HAVE TO WAIT LONGER

    oh apple. hurry up already. Standards are here. just release hardware to work with them
  4. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005

    HDTV and HD downloaded content will work just fine. It's only Blu-ray/HD-DVD that requires the HDCP scheme.

    HDMI is DVI. It's DVI+audio with a different plug.

    But yeah, I doubt Apple will give us anything HDCP-compliant on the Mac side until they start offering Blu-ray or HD-DVD drives in the Mac.
  5. mdntcallr thread starter macrumors 65816


    Aug 1, 2000
    thanks for the feedback thoughts.

    Yeah i know some content will work fine. but to be honest. i am a big movie person. and have a dvd collection.

    want to make that a blu-ray collection. so you can understand how i just want to get the equipment to be able to do that. maybe later on get a HD camcorder. but not have to buy a mac, then later get a new vid card. or even monitor ... then have to get a different one.
  6. orangezorki macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2006
    I've been getting different information from different people on this. Some are saying that HDCP will be necessary for all HD disks, but other are saying that it is only essential for media with the ICT tag, which is unlikely to be used until 2010 at the earliest. Anyone know for sure?


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