HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) has been developed by Intel to prevent copying of digital audio and video content as it travels across connections such as DisplayPort (DP), DVI, and HDMI. It’s used to protect contents’ creator work, but unfortunately in many cases it also breaks the experience of paying customer for example when they try to watch protected content of on hardware that’s not compliant, or only compliant with an older version of the standard. The latest version is HDCP 2.2 and target 4K content protection, but many 4K UHD TV sets sold in the last few years are not compatible, which means that some cases you may not be able to watch content. HDfury claims to have the solution with their Integral 4K60 HDMI splitter.
- 2x Input / 2x Output Splitter (HDMI2.0a/HDMI1.4/DVI1.0 compatible)
- 4K60 4:4:4 600MHz 18Gbps Pass through
- 4K60 4:4:4 600MHz 18Gbps > 4K60 4:2:0 300MHz 10.2Gbps conversion
- HDCP Doctor (HDCP Workaround solution) – HDCP 2.2 > HDCP 1.4 conversion, HDCP 1.4 > HDCP 2.2 conversion, HDCP x.x > HDCP x.x conversion
- Dual HDMI2.0a & HDMI 1.4 combined, Dual HDCP 1.4 & HDCP 2.2 combined
- Support for inter-device control between both inputs and the primary output (TOP) HDMI channel.
- USB configuration for automation, trigger via events, push button or via IR/Bluetooth
- optical S/PDIF, stereo mini jack
- Mic In (Line In) sampling at 44.1/48 Khz
- External Audio Replacing – input external sound or switch sound between input
- Audio Extracting: Audio De-Embedder of Optical & Analog L/R
- Support for PCM up to 192 KHz, and Audio HD codec (True HD, DTS-MA, HBR, etc..)
- EDID management via USB or BT
- HDMI Booster/Extender – Capable of extending 1080p resolution up to 15m. in and 15m. out (30m. total for 1080p), UHD resolution up to 10m.
- HDMI Doctor – Solves most HDMI integration issues such as HDCP, EDID, HPD, and audio breakout.
- HDMI Equalevel – Precise signal equalization towards both input and output signals perfectly delivers the best possible picture quality.
- Hot-Plug control – Force the input device to always see an active connection.
- Licensing – Licensed and compatible with all HDMI and HDCP technologies.
- 3D Ready – Capability to pass 3D stereoscopic signal formats.
- Power Supply – 5V/2A (USB); Consumption: <2W
- Dimensions – 9.14 x 6.35 x 2.54 cm
Beside fixing HDCP issues, the device can also be used to display one 4K video source to two 4K TVs or monitors, extra audio from the HDMI signal and output it to S/PDIF or stereo jack output, be controlled via Bluetooth with an Android or iOS mobile device, and more. One of the feature is conversion between 2160p 4:4:4: to 2160p 4:2:0, which would have solution the HDMI 2.0 issue I had with my LG UHD TV (limited to 4:2:0 colorspace) and Rockchip RK3288 boxes with an HDMI 2.0 port which only output 2160p @ 60Hz using 4:4:4 colorspace.
The USB port can also be used for firmware upgrades. If you go to HDfury Integral 4K60 product page, you’ll find links to some drivers, a user’s guide, the stock firmware, and Android and iOS, but most of these are not working yet.
This HDMI 2.0 splitter does not really come cheap at $199, although it goes down to $149.25 with “integral” coupon code for pre-orders to be delivered in October. If you are only using 1080p or lower output, there are existing HDMI splitters that can work around HDCP issues at a fraction of the cost, albeit with less features (e.g. no audio extraction).
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