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Samsung LN52A650 Can't Hook Up to HDMI on HD Cable TV Box???

by nthamix74 / February 3, 2009 6:03 AM PST

Just got this tv and LOVE IT!!!! Have an issue with my HD though and I am getting many confusing answers. I want to hook up my TV through my cable box (Scientific Atlanta Brand Explorer 8300HDC) using HDMI. But, when I hook the HDMI cable up to the cable box I get a message through the cable box which says:

CODE PROTECTION: DVI/HDMI outlet is blocked

Now my cable company(Time Warner) says that it is my TV. Which I can't understand because I have my progressive scan DVD player hooked up with HDMI and that works fine. They mentioned something about my TV not being HDCP compatable?? SOMEONE PLEASE HELP.....I hate watching HD through cheap component cables. Thanks

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HDCP
by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / February 5, 2009 7:52 AM PST

nthamix74,

It sounds like the cable box isn't doing a proper handshake to the HDCP (High Def Copy Protection). The television is not issuing that warning - the cable box is transmitting that warning.

The television is receiving the signal - but the box is not passing it through. The television MUST be HDCP compatible, as it's a standard set by the industry that we have to follow.

Hope that helps.

--HDTech

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Fixed It!!!
by nthamix74 / February 5, 2009 11:07 AM PST
In reply to: HDCP

Thanks for the help. All I had to do was use edit source in the tv menu and select a name for the HDMI outlet I was using. Simple fix but, I wish the book would have told me that. Oh well, at least it works now an I can enjoy full HDTV. Was wondering though, now that I have full HDTV, it takes a while for channels to come in when I switch between stations in HD. Any idea why???

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Different technology....
by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / February 5, 2009 4:20 PM PST
In reply to: Fixed It!!!

nthamix74,

Yes, because it actually has to establish a digital (data) connection rather than a frequency connection, which could be dialed in much faster. With the higher resolution and the copy protection technology added, that does take longer than what analog broadcasts had to do (which was almost immediate).

Hope that helps explain.

I'll be happy to pass your comments regarding the manual up. Always good to get feedback, and I'm sorry it wasn't clear.

--HDTech

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