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HDMI vs. component cables

by JHauser203 / February 24, 2016 6:49 AM PST

DTV has told me that I need component cables instead of hdmi to avoid issues surrounding DMR protected content.
Is hdmi better? Is there away around this problem?

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Clarification Request
The problem is unclear here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 24, 2016 7:14 AM PST

But it is true that component video is unprotected and partly why it was sunsetted years ago. Since they offered you some workaround, you should use it.

Here in this country HDCP strippers are considered illegal and you can research more on the web why.

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by JHauser203 / February 24, 2016 7:33 AM PST

I'm using an AV receiver to a 4 k tv. I've always used hdmi cables.
The DMR stuff is confusing, but I just want the best picture.
My screen will go black, then the message about going to component cables pops up.
If I go to component stuff, will I lose picture quality? That is my root issue.
If I hook up both, will it trick the "handshake" and I still get the picture quality I want?

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Sounds more like a warranty issue here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 24, 2016 10:37 AM PST
In reply to: Clarification

There is no 4K or UHD on component cables so that's a dead end.

Did you mistype here? digital media receiver would be DMR and maybe you meant DRM which should not be an issue as once it's on HDMI and playing, we done unless there's a TV or player defect.

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by JHauser203 / February 24, 2016 11:28 AM PST

Yes, thank you, I meant DRM.
So, why did dtv send me down this path? I just got their 4K genie to use 4K on the tv. Must be the genie.

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A good question for them.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 24, 2016 11:40 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks

There have been HDCP handshake issues since HDMI rolled out. Most of the time if it's not a bad box or TV a shiny new HDMI 2.0 cable clears that up. These are 6 dollar items such as AmazonBasics so you never debate if it's the cable. You swap. You also nod a lot if folk want to discuss cables.

Next time post all details such as the box and TV models so members can see if there are priors.

I know you may want 4K (more likely it's just UHD) content but for most of the time 1080p is fine and less trouble.


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