HDCP 2.2 – Integrators don’t panic!


It is unfortunate, if not downright annoying that non-HDCP 2.2-compliant devices cannot simply be upgraded via firmware to become 2.2-compliant. This is because HDCP 2.2 is implemented within a new physical chip as part of device hardware. The biggest repercussion of this is that, in order for our clients’ most popular video source (set top boxes) to deliver what the CEA would regard as ‘proper’ Ultra HD 4K content via HDMI, service providers will have to deal with the upheaval of providing and upgrading subscribers with a shiny new box.

From this, integrators can deduce that until shiny new set top boxes become available, premium 4K content with HDCP 2.2 encryption will be delivered either directly to the display via a download/app service, or via high-end media servers such as the Sony X10 or Kaleidescape. Eventually 4K Blu-ray players will arrive, but they are a good few months, maybe even more than a year away from appearing.

It is true to say, however, that integrators may need to revisit and replace recently installed matrices (unless it is HDanywhere Modular) to upgrade them to HDCP 2.2-compliant models. Either way, most HD video distribution manufacturers will likely already have HDCP 2.2-compliant systems available or launching within just a few months to overcome and meet this new HDMI challenge!

Chris Pinder
Managing Director
HD Connectivity Group

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