There's a rule in HDCP but first what is HDCP? HDMI you may know but part of HDMI mandates HDCP.
HDCP is "High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection".
HDCP has a rule in it that if a device has speakers then if it passes the audio signal it shall be stereo with a few exceptions. One of the exceptions is OTA or Over The Air or "Antenna".
-> You might see an exception for content from an app such as NetFlix.
I see no dilemma here, just a consumer unfriendly system.
Currently I have the following setup
Samsung UN55ES6100 55" Smart TV (with Anynet+/HDMI-CEC)
LG BH6720S (with Simplink/HDMI-CEC) Home Theatre In a Box (5.1 Speaker System and Blu-Ray Player/HT Receiver box)
Verizon FiOS box
Dish Network box
I have the HTIB hooked up to HDMI 2, the ARC port on the TV. I also have an optical cable plugged from the TV to the HTIB.
The two TV boxes are plugged into HDMI 1 and 3.
Now, I thought I could use this setup to enable the ARC function on both the Home Theatre and the TV and enable True 5.1 Surround Sound on all of my devices. However, when I tried to pair the HT with the TV, Anynet+ would detect the device, and then when I tried to switch "Receiver" to "On", it would say that Anynet+ Device wasn't connected, and the device would disappear until I power cycled it.
So, I'm wondering. How would I be able to get full 5.1 surround with this setup? Could I somehow get Anynet+ to recognize the device? Could I find some method of HDMI passthrough that would work? Is there something I've missed or done incorrectly?
I don't want to use PCM Stereo, and I believe that Optical Cables don't support PCM Multichannel or Bitstream. So how would I manage to get the sound to relay to the speakers in Multi PCM or Bitstream and therefore full HD sound?
I have been tearing my hair out over this dilemma so help would be much appreciated. Thanks!