Friday, November 4, 2011

HDCP: An analogy

My situation
HDCP stands for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection and is used to encrypt DVD and blue-ray content between your computer or blue-ray player and your TV or monitor. If you didn't pay the extra money to buy an HDCP compliant monitor you can't watch your blueray movies on it, at least not without ripping them first.

That's my problem. I bought my LCD monitor back in 2007 when HDCP just started becoming available for computer monitors and at the time I didn't know what it was so I didn't spend the extra money to get one with HDCP support.

So, because of a decision made 4 years ago I can't watch Batman Begins on my computer using DMCA compliant means without spending several hundred dollars on a new monitor.

I really don't understand why Warner Brothers hates consumers so much. I can't watch the Dark Knight or Batman Begins on any of the streaming services available on my TV that's barely a year old nor can I watch them on my computer using a Blue-Ray drive. I guess I'll have to buy a Blue-Ray player now... or just use MakeMKV and assume that's covered under the fair use terms of the DMCA.

Oh right, the analogy...

Selling blue-ray movies with HDCP is like a baker selling bread laced with a poison that causes you to immediately vomit unless you buy someone else's antidote for ten times what the bread cost. The antidote can be used over and over again but it only works for you.

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