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DirecTV Department of Customer Prevention turns on HDCP DRM

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by MikeAndrews, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

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    Or cancel DirecTV and get the shows for free.
     
  2. litzdog911

    litzdog911 TechKnow Guide

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    It's not just DirecTV. More and more content owners, like HBO Networks, are requiring that HDCP be enabled. Get used to it.
     
  3. NorthAlabama

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    it happened with directv 2pc years ago...
     
  4. joed32

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    Why in the world would Directv care, it's HBO!
     
  5. Adam1115

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    I had no idea there were TVs that supported HDMI but not HDCP!
     
  6. stevel

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    There are a lot of older TVs that support HDMI but their HDCP implementation is buggy. This is the cause of a lot of compatibility issues.
     
  7. MikeAndrews

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    Even with NEW HDTVs, HDMI is a SNAFU. You'll occasionally or more often have cases where you have a blank screen. It's intended to drive you nuts, and for the less informed, to call for support and repair and waste money, when power cycling, yes, REBOOTING your TV will fix it. I wonder how many support techs and repair outfits laugh when "the problem went away all by itself," acting like the customer is nuts.

    HDCP is a built-in by design DEFECT that the consumers pay for - over nad over - and it serves NO consumers.
     
  8. rhuntington3

    rhuntington3 Howdy!

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    I have not noticed any problems with my setup.
     
  9. curiousgeorge

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    And the stupid part is HDCP can be defeated with widely available boxes that spoof handshaking that cost less than $50. This action, once again, only hurts legitimate customers, not pirates.
     
  10. litzdog911

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    Agreed. It's very stupid.
     
  11. NorthAlabama

    NorthAlabama tabasco rules

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    I'm sure this was implemented as part of a contractual agreement with the content providers...

    Too bad they didn't consult anyone about that new ad they're running with a customer blowing up an attorney's home, either...it just ran on Comedy Central while I was typing this...
     
  12. wmcbrine

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    Please. Support calls cost the manufacturer.

    It's consumer-hostile by design, yes, built only to serve/placate Hollywood. But it is actually meant to work.
     
  13. lrhorer

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    I wonder how many Rupees / hour they pay the support personel?

    Well, that's reassuring. :rolleyes:
     
  14. stevel

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    There is a benefit to HDCP - it encouraged content providers to make programming available through new methods, such as BluRay and HD downloads. Without it, you might not have all the HD content you enjoy today.
     
  15. lrhorer

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    I don't buy BluRay discs and I don't download HD content. I have little intertest in the vast majority of the programming that has been made available via new methods. How is HDCP a benefit for me?
     
  16. stevel

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    It may not be a benefit to you, it is to others.
     
  17. MikeAndrews

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    BS. What encouraged more HD content was that it sells, and gave the industry yet another way to get paid for the same content again.

    That argument is pure propaganda, as is that piracy is costing them a fortune. Joe Six Pack doesn't where how to get pirated content.

    The MPAA loves harassing the very consumer who choose to pay them -*with unskippable warnings and previews on purchased DVDs, HDCP,and PSA telling the paying audience at the movie theater that they need to pay for movies.
     
  18. stevel

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    I disagree that it is "pure propaganda". You are welcome to believe otherwise. I make no statements about piracy.
     
  19. litzdog911

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    It doesn't really matter what we think about HDCP. Hollywood obviously likes it and is insisting on service providers like DirecTV to begin using it. Only an act of Congress could change this, and that's not likely.
     
  20. stevel

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    Actually, the issue here is the "Image Constraint Token" (ICT), which if present, enforces the HDCP-only connection. Congress blocked content providers from requiring ICT be set for several years, but that expired.
     

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