[opendtv] Re: HDCP 2.2

  • From: Mike Tsinberg <Mike@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:44:55 +0000

Perhaps 4K to the consumer is not the Next Big Thing.

Agreed for many reasons.

From the content owners perspective, distributing 4K is akin to sending out 
your masters. Clearly, they want this stuff well protected, and do not expect 
people to buy 4k content to view on an HD display.

I think this is a key. Protecting 4K is fine but not making HDCP 2.2 backward 
compatible is totally different. That means quite expesnive 4K displays bought 
in 2013 will not work with UHD content generated in 2015. Moreover out of five 
AV receivers companies only one support HDCP 2.2. AV receivers have a longer 
live span in consumer home then display. I presume HDCP 2.2 AV receivers will 
only arrive next year. That means Home theaters installed in 2014 will only be 
able to view 4K HDCP 2.2 content when they switch the AV receiver 3 or 4 years 
later – 2017? This issue also adds to lack of bandwidth for most of the 
streaming channels to send 4K. So lack of bandwidth plus backward 
incompatibility creating consumer resistance is quite a high bar for content 
providers to jump in order to create and broadcast 4K content.

So a small videophile audience for 4k could emerge in the consumer space.

I am not sure who fill fin ace that audience. It almost seems Hollywood 
insistence on backwards incompatible HDCP for “native” 4K content is an attempt 
to delay emergence of that format for as log as possible.

Best Regards,
Mike Tsinberg

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