PC to HDTV HDMI Connection

http://live.pirillo.com/ – Roy asks why, when he connects his PC to his HDTV via the HDMI connector, he can’t see videos play back on his screen.

The problem is DRM: if you set the HDMI-out as the default monitor on Windows, then the videos will play. Windows Media Player only lets video play on the primary monitor.

Why is this so difficult? This is copy protection in action. Large content production studios don’t want you to steal (share) the video with other people. It’s called Digital Rights Management, and it’s a consumer nightmare.

As easy as it is to plug in an HDMI cable, DRM introduces another level of complexity that users should not have to deal with.

What’s the worst part of DRM? It doesn’t work. All you need to do is visit your favorite bit torrent website to confirm that hard fact.

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5 thoughts on “PC to HDTV HDMI Connection”

  1. Chris, too much whittering, we don’t want to know who else is communicating about a subject, we just want straight concise facts on how to solve a problem.

    Whilst I have your attention, Lockergnome is now adding lots of links in the related sections to items that are years out of date. It’s a hell of a waste of time to follow a link only to find the article was dated five years ago and is no longer relevent. A history link in date order related to a subject would be very usefull when researching a subject or problem though.

  2. Chris, too much whittering, we don’t want to know who else is communicating about a subject, we just want straight concise facts on how to solve a problem.

    Whilst I have your attention, Lockergnome is now adding lots of links in the related sections to items that are years out of date. It’s a hell of a waste of time to follow a link only to find the article was dated five years ago and is no longer relevent. A history link in date order related to a subject would be very usefull when researching a subject or problem though.

  3. Chris,
    What is worse is that it is infinitely easier to backup a movie on DVD than it is to try and convert old Macrovision VHS tapes to DVD. DRM has been around in one form or another for some time.
    I must concur with Mike about the outdated links. Anything we can do to help you keep them more current?
    Philip

  4. Chris,

    Thanks so much for the info. It was driving me crazy that I could get the desktop on my HDTV (oh so crisp and beautiful) but the videos played only sound.

    I had been searching for several weeks and guess I finally happened upon the right keywords to find this link.

    In situations like this it would be interesting to compile all of the bogus solutions people asked me to try (drivers, resolution, refresh rates, etc.).

    None of them suspected DRM!

    Thanks again!

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