Basic TV hack cuts HDCP copy-protection out of HDMI signal


I love the internet. Where else would you find someone who had the thought to crack open his new HDTV and then start doing some soldering to bypass HDCP?!? Not clear what he’s going to do with this, but it’s a pretty interesting read nonetheless.



Opening up your brand new HDTV and soldering wires directly to its control board takes a certain type of devil-may-care attitude, but in doing so one new owner found he could bypass HDCP. HDCP is the often-frustrating copy-protection system that insists on a “digital handshake” between DVI/HDMI connected components; however, the InstaPort Fast HDMI Switching system in this “big brand” TV fails to re-encrypt with HDCP in-between the control board and the switcher.