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High-Bandwidth Digital-Content Protection (HDCP) is a device used for protecting the original content while transferring the content from a computer, satellite television receiver, or DVD player to the television screen or computer monitor.

What is HDCP?

     

High-Bandwidth Digital-Content Protection (HDCP) is a device  used for protecting  the original content while transferring  the content  from a computer, satellite television receiver, or DVD player to the television screen or computer monitor. It is a form of  Digital  Right  Management developed by  Intel Corporation to control digital audio and video content while transferring  across Digital Visual Interface (DVI) or High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) connections. For using  HDCP, a license is essential provided by Digital Content Protection, LLC, a subsidiary of Intel. 

The DRM device exists in the computer, DVD player or Set Top Box, that keep control the digital audio and video content and ask for the license, if HDCP license is present, it allows the content to display on the screen. Whenever power is on or the system has been on, the content immediately checks the existence of  HDCP license. HDCP also control over the graphical images while traveling over high bandwidths and keep it as safe and unchanged as original images without any distortion or cross contamination, on the other hand it also restricts to DAT quality (analog quality) on digital audio output. HDCP licensees restricted to make copies of the content. 

Nowadays the  trends of  wireless  technology is being popular and with  WI-FI  technology, the value of  HDCP  has  been  increased as it protects the information. So more and more computer manufacturers are making computer systems with HDCP code. 

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Posted on: April 1, 2008

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