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HDMI 4 switch blacking out

I have the 4 out HDMI switch with a Motorla DVR, PS3 and DVD attached in and a Sony TY out all connected with HDMI cables.   It switches fine and works correctly for everything but the DVR in HD.  IT works fine for regular digital tv. However when playing back from the DVR a HD show the signal keeps blacking out and coming back repeatedly. This only happens with the DVR and only when going through the HDMI Switch. If I connect the DVR directly to the TV it works perfect.  Any ideas?

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Re: HDMI 4 switch blacking out

Hello Ernest,

 

This is likely the result of the video stream not being passed through the switch due to HDCP. HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection)  is meant to prevent the unauthorized reproduction of copyrighted materials, but can cause issues with DVR's when used with switches/splitters. Unfortunately in this scenario I would suggest connecting the DVR directly to the TV and connecting all other HDMI devices through switch, I apologize for the inconvenience.

Regards,
Zac

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Re: HDMI 4 switch blacking out

Thanks. Hopefully someone will fix this one up in the future.  Smiley Happy

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Re: HDMI 4 switch blacking out

Thanks for that! I was thinking about getting a switch for my setup which would have included a TV with a scant two HDMI ports, a PS3 with HDCP, a cable box, also with HDCP, a BRD player with HDCP, a Chromecast player which may have HDCP (but I'm not sure)... but if the switch is going to interfere with the HDCP protocol, I'll have to split the devices up and do something else. Thanks for the post!

Erik

P.S. When did two HDMI ports become scant? I suppose 4-8 ports might be what I need to shop for in my next TV.

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Re: HDMI 4 switch blacking out

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Hello ejep,

Welcome to Community@ Rocketfish™!

You may want to try the switch or a comparable version under the 15 day Satisfacation Guarantee period. The reason I say that is this issue is most common to crop up with DVR's, as they are a recording and playback device. Not all DVR's have the same issue, but with the TV having 2 HDMI ports, if that does end up being an issue, you can connect the DVR direct to the TV, and the other equipment through the switch. Pretty much everything with HDMI will have HDCP, but in the 3 years since this post started, it's gotten a lot better at being inter-compatible.

Regards,
Jon
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