HDCP is Satan's implementation of DRM.
I thought so, although as my questions would suggest I have never used HDCP/HDMI. I am about to do so and want to know in-advance of the obstacles in my path.
1. Certain devices may be "capable" of sending, receiving and displaying certain resolutions, but hdmi versioning and licensing may restrict those devices to a lower resolution format (or not to display at all) to prevent piracy.
FYI This is going to be an AMD Fusion system running W7, if that makes any difference.
a. HDMI cables do not care, but HDCP and it's licensing does and may prevent devices from communicating at all
b. DRM *can* be a requirement to play through HDMI
Presumably I wont know until I try it, I was planning on using "Media Player Classic" as part of the "K-Lite Codec Pack", and various forms of media to test it with, also I will need to find a DVD movie from somewhere to test as well. Additionally I was planning on removing "Internet Exploder" and possibly "Windows Media Player" if it doesnt play nicely - I suspect that WMP has DRM infection, and that MPC does not, although by the sounds of it, there might not be any difference in reality.
3. Assuming that your display and video card have equivalent HDCP protocol levels *and* your video card possess the ability to hook into the Windows Direct Sound layer, yes. This will obviously make #2 above look wrong.
Looks to be a "wait and see".
4. That depends on the display. If it's truly a consumer manufactured HDTV, then not likely. If it's a Samsung 24" monitor with speakers and an HDMI port, then yes it will.
I will be testing it on an old 42" LG plasma that does not reach 720, a brand bnew 720 Samsung 32" LCD, and a brand new LG of unknown spec.
I hate HDCP, more-over I hate HDMI because of it. I am an analog man living in a world overburdened in digital content protection.
Likewise, that is why I call DRM an "infection", it is simply nasty and does not do what it was targetted to do, it just gets in the way and pisses people off.
Looks like I will be doing some testing and then get back to you with the answers on some of those points that are not clear.
Thanks for the info.