What is HDCP 2.2?
HDCP stands for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection and has been used in correlation with HDMI for more than a decade. Version 2.2 was made to help prevent piracy of 4K UHD content. You will need every piece of hardware in your display chain to be compliant. Since HDCP 2.2 does not have backwards compatibility, this may prove difficult for some consumers. For the most part, this technology affects TV owners, but a number of 4K monitors are now HDCP compatible. Streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video which have 4K content available may not work if your devices and monitor are not compatible. This means that, unfortunately, some earlier 4K TVs and monitors don’t work with this version of HDCP. You can read more about HDCP 2.2 here and here.
Why is it a problem?
Although the hardware companies released this technology with ‘good’ intentions, hoping to curb illegal activity surrounding their products, HDCP 2.2 has had an adverse effect (like many other DRM policies and technologies). Instead of stopping piracy, it has only added a small barrier to it, in addition to creating inconvenience and confusion for consumers who haven’t done anything wrong. This problem won’t just stem from your monitor/TV, but it can come from any part in the chain, i.e. receivers, soundbars, consoles, etc.
How to tell if a device is HDCP compliant:
Most TVs will list somewhere in their specifications whether they are compatible with HDCP 2.2. At this point, HDCP 2.2 has become the standard for monitors beyond the resolution of 1920 x 1200. Because of this, it’s harder to find this specification with monitors. Oftentimes it will be marked in the specs wherever elements such as HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort are listed. If a product uses HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.3 and onward, they should be compatible with HDCP 2.2. With DVIs, it can be a bit more iffy and it normally has more to do with the products connected through it, like the monitor, GPU, receiver, etc. The best way to find out is to really dig through a product’s specifications, or if you just can’t find it listed, check through the reviews and FAQ, or even email the producer’s support team. If all else fails, you can test it out yourself to check.
Luckily, there are more and more monitors that are compatible. If you are looking to set up a 4K display for streaming premium content, check out our list of the best HDCP compliant 4K monitors:
This monitor was made for photo-editing, watching movies, and gaming. The IPS panel makes for a wonderful viewing experience of 4K content that’s easy on the eyes. Not to mention the 27″ screen will cover as much of you peripheral vision possible for a 4K monitor. A few more inches and it would also be considered an Ultrawide.
This model has been widely used for both gaming and streaming 4K content on PCs and PS4 Pros. The 28″ screen and ASUS Eye Care technology really brings the experience together so that flicker is reduced and you’ll be able to watch for hours on end.
This 32″ IPS panel is one of the strongest candidates for streaming content. It’s the largest screen on this list. Coupled with the smooth design, this powerhouse is perfect for watching Netflix late into the night with or without anyone else to enjoy it with you.
At just $399.99 with free shipping on Amazon, this 28″ Samsung is a steal for the quality of the product. The sleek black outlining will disappear into the screen itself once you get this setup going. Experience more than 1 billion colors on this piece of hardware and you won’t regret it.
With 20,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio for heightened color accuracy, anything streamed on this piece of work will look stunning. It’s got the latest IPS panel technology on top of an adjustable ergonomic display. Customization is key for enjoying 4K to the fullest and this monitor won’t disappoint!
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