9 Replies Latest reply: Jan 4, 2014 3:55 PM by Chris McCord
urzhumtsev Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Just has tried to buy movie from Itunes Store HD quality, but was dissappointed that I wasn't able to watch it on my Apple Cinema HD 30". This is old good display designed specially for this - for watching movies. Why there is HDCP protection for this display? Why should I now think of buying 27" display if my old boy perfectly meets my needs?

What is the sense of selling movies in iTunes if some customers who still uses old but still perfectly-working Apple products wont be able to watch those?


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • 1. Re: Watching HD content from iTunes store on a 30" Cinema Display..
    LousyFool Level 4 Level 4 (2,640 points)

    I'm not sure where you heard that this display was specifically designed for watching movies, such as Hollywood stuff. For production, maybe...

     

    It is a known fact that 30" ACDs don't have HDCP. If nowhere else, you could have gathered the information from a thread here in the forum under the exact same title.

     

    To answer your "why" questions: HDCP is an invention of the film, or film distribution, industry. The 30" ACD is an invention of Apple. These two are not compatible, while others are.

     

    Now what?

    Well, connect your Mac with your TV. That's made for Hollywood stuff and probably has HDCP, unless it's a dinosaur.

    Also, even if you had an unprotected 1080 HD movie, some scaling would need to happen to view it in fullscreen on the 30" ACD, and that might be looking pretty, or maybe not. Or you'd watch it in a fairly small window...

  • 2. Re: Watching HD content from iTunes store on a 30" Cinema Display..
    TStam Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)

    HD will work with 30 inch displays (they are not hdcp) if you use a video card with only dual link DVI ports. If you have mini-display port or even a card with that port in your computer, none of the ports including DVI will work. Learned from experience. Have a 2008 mac pro with 8800GT dual dvi video card and it works fine. I tried upgrading the card once to one with a mini-display port and it failed. EVGA GTX-285 with two dvi ports works fine as well.

  • 3. Re: Watching HD content from iTunes store on a 30" Cinema Display..
    LousyFool Level 4 Level 4 (2,640 points)

    TStam... ???

     

    The OP will certainly confirm: this is about watching HDCP content on the 30" ACD, nothing else. With no word did he say that he has general problems with connectivity or else in getting the display to work...

  • 4. Re: Watching HD content from iTunes store on a 30" Cinema Display..
    TStam Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)

    Speaking only of my 30 inch cinema display with hdcp protected content downloaded from itunes. Early 2008 mac pro, Mountain Lion. HDCP iTunes plays on factory video card (8800 gt)  with 2 dvi ports and evga gtx 285 with 2 dvi no problem. Will not play on 30 inch cinema with gt120 or other cards that have mini-display. Have read other posts confirming this.

  • 5. Re: Watching HD content from iTunes store on a 30" Cinema Display..
    TStam Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)

    Clarifying: My experience is with Apple 30 inch Cinema (non hdcp compliant) Display.

  • 6. Re: Watching HD content from iTunes store on a 30" Cinema Display..
    LousyFool Level 4 Level 4 (2,640 points)

    TStam,

     

    Unless you live on a different planet where this or this and especially this is not valid, I don't believe a single word of what you're saying here about your gear and HDCP content.

    with hdcp protected content downloaded from itunes

    Not everything on iTunes is HDCP-protected. How did you know the content you are referring to was HDCP-protected? It is not labeled as such, typically.

    HDCP iTunes plays on factory video card (8800 gt)  with 2 dvi ports and evga gtx 285 with 2 dvi no problem.

    Unless the video cards were stripping the HDCP protection, this is not at all credible.

    Once again, please confirm: How did you know the content you are referring to was HDCP-protected?

    Also please confirm: You have seen this with your own eyes?

    Have read other posts confirming this.

    Please post links to sources.

    More importantly, please confirm again: You have seen this with your own eyes?

  • 7. Re: Watching HD content from iTunes store on a 30" Cinema Display..
    TStam Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)

    For those of you worthy of my time and experience in this matter I hope I have helped you. I will not be treated this way and continue to participate. Have a nice day.

  • 8. Re: Watching HD content from iTunes store on a 30" Cinema Display..
    LousyFool Level 4 Level 4 (2,640 points)

    Answers to my questions would have done yourself and all of us better. But maybe this does answer them, just in a different way...

     

    No problem. Bye.

  • 9. Re: Watching HD content from iTunes store on a 30" Cinema Display..
    Chris McCord Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    TStam wrote:

     

    Speaking only of my 30 inch cinema display with hdcp protected content downloaded from itunes. Early 2008 mac pro, Mountain Lion. HDCP iTunes plays on factory video card (8800 gt)  with 2 dvi ports and evga gtx 285 with 2 dvi no problem. Will not play on 30 inch cinema with gt120 or other cards that have mini-display. Have read other posts confirming this.

    @TStam,

     

    So I recently upgraded my dead 8800GT card with the ATI 5770 and so this card has the one DVI and dual mini display ports, guess I got the wrong one, as I'm now seeing issues with 3 movies that I purcahsed the DVD/BluRays for with digital content options and downloaded them to the Mac, but can't watch them now.

     

    So now my only option is to get a new video card? What about this? Will this allow me to watch HD content and not get the HDCP error?

     

    Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter