HDCP protocols are for the benefit of customers, but at times, these advanced protocols bar the functioning of the device. This is what has happened to many users who are trying to watch their favorite shows and movies from Roku on their TV sets. They are seeing HDCP errors, which they have no idea about, let alone finding a way of fixing them.
Roku Com is not just any media-streaming player, but it is a smart device that supports HDMI cable with HDCP protocols. Now, many of you will think as to what these HDCP protocols are, then these are anti-piracy protocols that are added into the HDMI cable when it is made in the factory. Having an HDMI cable with HDCP protocols prevent pirates to copy the content that is being streamed from Roku Setup onto the TV. But, these HDCP protocols experience issues most often than not. HDCP errors have become common in Roku devices, and something needs to be done to fix these errors.
What results in HDCP Errors?
First of all, let’s expand the term ‘HDCP’, so it stands for High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection. An authorized body grants licenses to HDCP based devices and these devices could be Roku, Xbox, Blu-Ray Players and so on. These devices can directly communicate with the output device through HDMI cable. Roku has got its own license for the services it provides. So, when HDCP errors occur, then it means the license to the compliant device is not present. But, HDCP errors can be fixed by following certain steps, which we will be discussing later on.
HDCP protocols are available on modern televisions, so if you are using an old TV, then you are more likely to experience HDCP issues. You are going to see a blank screen after connecting Roku device to the TV. You can see an error message as well, which will confirm that you are facing HDCP errors.
If you want to watch your favorite movies and TV shows streamed from Roku onto your TV, then you will have to connect Roku with an HDCP supported projector.
You are most likely to see a purple screen on the TV showing ‘HDCP Unauthorized Content Disabled’, which is caused by a loose HDMI connector or a problematic HDMI cable.
How to fix HDCP errors?
Here are the steps that you are going to try to fix HDCP errors:
- You will have to unplug the HDMI cable on both Roku media streaming player and TV.
- Turn off both devices and unplug Roku and TV for half a minute.
- After that, you need to reconnect the HDMI cable to Roku as well as TV. Make sure that the cable has been inserted properly, all the way in.
- Connect TV as well as Roku to the main power supply and then, turn on the power.
- Try to play a video through Roku media streaming player.
If the media plays successfully, then you have fixed the problem, but if the issue persists, then you need to try a different HDMI cable. The reason for trying a different cable is to check whether the current cable that you are using is not defective.
If you have faced this HDCP error for the first time, then it could be due to lack of support of HDCP over HDMI on your TV. You are using an older TV model, which probably would have early HDMI protocols that don’t implement current standards. You can buy a new TV or find an alternative to play media from Roku Com to your TV in a smooth manner.