When HDMI® hit the market, we were all introduced to the trials and tribulations of dealing with HDCP. 2K video and HDCP have been smooth sailing for a while, and along comes 4K and HDCP 2.2.
What does this mean for professional distributed video systems? So far, nothing just yet. There’s very little content that is protected by 2.2, but Crestron isn’t waiting. We are implementing HDCP 2.2 in all of our new 4K products.
The Low Down
To protect digital media, Intel® created HDCP, high-bandwidth digital content protection. With digital media constantly changing, content providers decided to step it up a notch with the latest form of copy protection, HDCP 2.2. It is designed to provide better copy protection mechanisms than HDCP 1.x (which wasn’t very strong) and is intended to be used for 4K content.
Licensed by Digital Content Protection, LLC, HDCP 2.2 is backwards compatible so you can run HDCP 1.x content over a link that supports HDCP 2.2. The version only matters if you have high value content that requires 2.2 for the entire signal path. If 2.2 isn’t present for the entire signal path, you won’t get a picture.
In today’s world, we are really talking about theory, not reality. There is only one AV source on the market that requires HDCP 2.2, the Sony FMP-X10 media player (which is built by a company that runs movie studios). 4K Blu-Ray™ displays are in the works, but aren’t expected to be ready until Christmas time this year, at the earliest. Many of the early 4K displays (especially those sold in 2013) lack HDCP 2.2 support so they will not be able to access any content that requires HDCP 2.2 protection.
Crestron Adheres to 2.2
In order to distribute HDCP 2.2 protected content, the entire signal chain from source to display must support it, including any transmitters, input and output cards, and receivers. All of Crestron’s current and latest 4K endpoints, card-based switchers, and cables support HDCP 2.2. Because the modular DigitalMedia™ switchers (8x8, 16x16 and higher) have all been designed for future proofing, the chassis already supports HDCP 2.2.
If you already own DigitalMedia™ 2K products, Crestron makes it easy to upgrade to HDCP 2.2 compatible products by simply swapping input and output cards.
With the constant evolution of technology, Crestron is ready and able to support our customers and product installations in the field. Crestron will do whatever it takes to support 4K viewing with the most complete line of 2.2 compatible Crestron products and solutions for the ultimate media viewing experience.
For more information on 4K products and DigitalMedia, contact Crestron’s True Blue support and sales offices located all around the world at 1-888-CRESTRON (273-7876).