I just read this article. It's about HDCP and how some old HDMI monitors would not work with your newer devices (such as game consoles, etc) because newer devices protect video stream content in a way that blocks old monitors from displaying it.
I'm perplexed at this excerpt:
Short of buying a new television or giving up on your video game project the only way to deal with your HDCP compliance problem is to buy a cheap HDMI splitter that ignores HDCP requests.
This does not sound right. Surely an old TV that is mentioned in the same article earlier that has no slightest idea about HDCP would also ignore HDCP requests simply by merit of not being aware of them?
Still the old TV won't work, and the splitter will. I think this article oversimplifies things to make them more accessible.
Can we dig a little bit deeper and explore, what exactly the splitter does to circumvent HDCP? The article says:
The outputting device says “Hey display! Are you HDCP compliant? Here is my license, show me your license!” and in turn the display (or other HDCP compliant device) returns with “I am! Here is my license!”
Does this mean that the splitter itself has the license in order to make the video exchange work? If not, why the outputting device does not refuse to proceed when no license is found on the splitter?
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