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No HDMI cables for premium channels.

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by bamahd, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. bamahd

    bamahd Cool Member

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    I have an LG. I need the HDMI for the picture quality and because I have an HR34, which doesn't have the optical 5.1. The HDMI is the best way to get the 5.1 Dolby Digital into my Yamaha receiver.
     
  2. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

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    Guys, this person answered correctly. Your issue has nothing to do with HDCP or the OP's issue...

     
  3. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

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    First thing to do is run your hdmi cable strait from the hr34 to the tv, and see if it works properly that way. It could be your Yamaha is causing the issue.

    What model number is your Yamaha? And model number of the tv?

    And by the way, the hr34 does have 5.1 out, its coax instead of optical, which is actually better usually.
     
  4. inf0z

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    Define efficent. Are you talking about cable management?
     
  5. humanjas

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    I was having the same problem so I called tech support. They are aware of the problem and offered a work around.

    The fix is to hold the exit button until the message disappears. A message appears that says "your program is now in sd"... Well, it really isnt, but that is the workaround until the problem is fixed.

    Hope this helps.
     
  6. ndole

    ndole Problem Solver

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    It certainly is.
     
  7. bamahd

    bamahd Cool Member

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    The message has gone away and all of the HBO's are working fine. Hopefully someone came to their senses and sent an overnight update. Thanks guys for all of the opinions, they were greatly appreciated.
     
  8. HoTat2

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    Glad to see it worked out for you;

    Unfortunately this "work-a-around" does nothing for my allegedly HDCP compliant 24" Sammy T240HD on HDMI (mfd. '08) :(

    Holding down the EXIT button simply converts the blank screen with the irritating HDCP message from an HD version to a 480p SD version of it.

    Oh well, back to component again ... :rolleyes:
     
  9. LaFong

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    Unfortunately, this splitter may require that both TV's be turned on, according to a customer review (and Monoprice)
    I am only using the splitter to eliminate the HDCP nag. I only attach to one of the splitter outputs. I have the pigtail Monoprice splitter, which works but is very flaky. I'm going to give the Monoprice 1x4 a try.
     
  10. b00bie

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    I have an HR21-700 hooked up to a Mits 73838 via COMPONENT cable but when I try to watch the Encore channels I get the replace the HDMI cable message. I have rebooted the receiver and even reset the TV. Do you think I should try a reauthorization. :confused:
     
  11. jimmie57

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    If you have the HDMI and the Component from the DTV receiver to the TV / AV unit it will give you this message. Remove the HDMI from the DTV receiver and it should work.
    If both of the cables are not hooked up, this is irrelevant.
     
  12. b00bie

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    No HDMI on the receiver at all but thanks for the reply
     
  13. jimmie57

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  15. b00bie

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    It's all the Encore channels not just 535, and I am already on S/W 12.08 on the Mits
     
  16. jimmie57

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    I just switched my Favorites so I could see the SD channels and viewed all of the Encore channels using an HDMI cable direct to the TV from the DTV receiver without any problem or message.

    You don't mention an AV receiver. Are the component cables going to an AV receiver first or directly to the TV ?
    If you are connected to an AV with the component cables, you might try to bypass the AV with the RED BLUE and GREEN cables for the video and see if that helps.

    If not,
    Maybe you should start a new thread about this problem and lets see if others have / had it and what to do about it.
     
  17. rwmair

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    I've noticed this a few times recently, but only investigated fully earlier today.

    I have a HR23 connected to a Sony 40" HDTV via HDMI cables. The Sony is 1.5 years old. I have no problem watching HBO on the Sony.

    Before I had the HR23, there was an R10 in its place, and the coax output from the R10 was sent into the house wiring to 2 other SD TV's in other locations in the house. When the HR23 came, I got an RF modulator to do this. Composite on the HR23 into the modulator. When the HD UI came out, I got a Component to Composite converter, and so the Component cables go to the converter, composite to the modulator, and then the coax to the other rooms in the house.

    So, I noticed the "can't watch this channel with HDMI cables, switch to component cables" on one of the remote TV's - a pretty old back-projection Sony. I ran to the other remote TV (an 8-year old Panasonic) - it was showing the HBO program from the HR23. I checked the Sony HDTV connected with HDMI cables, and it was also showing the program fine. Back at the first TV, the "HDMI" error was still showing.

    I went to a local channel, and picture returned on the old Sony. I then went into the recorded programs list, found a HBO program, and started playing it. The UI showed fine all the way until I hit the "play" button, then the screen went blank and the "HDMI" error came up. The recorded program was showing fine on the HD Sony and the Panasonic.

    So, can anyone explain this? I thought the component-composite converter and the modulator both just blindly showed whatever was coming out the receiver - which in my case should be exactly what I see on the HD Sony (as it handles the HBO programs via HDMI OK). I can't believe there's any communication to the HR23 from the remote TV's - via 60 foot of coax and a modulator and converter. I also can't believe therefore that the program would show fine on one old TV, but not the other. Surely I should at least see the same on both old TVs? Of course, the final irony is the message tells me to use Component cables - which is what I'm using already to feed the modulator!

    Its not the end of the world, as the old Sony has a R10 on it also, where HBO works fine. (The Panasonic relies solely on the coax feed from the HR23) I'm just stumped by what is going on here.
     
  18. harsh

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    It is likely because you have an HDMI device hooked up that the component outputs are showing an error. HBO content is HDCP protected and the way that DIRECTV chose to implement it, having an HDCP handshake on one device shuts off the analog connections.

    This is absolutely not one of the options for implementing HDCP but that didn't stop DIRECTV. The two choices available (when the content is protected) are to blank the analog ports or downconvert the audio and video coming from the analog ports.

    DIRECTV seems to have created their own "option" of permitting analog passing of full resolution protected content if there weren't any HDCP capable devices connected.
     
  19. inkahauts

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    As someone who has dtv and has seen the issue you are talking about I can lend you some guidance. It seems that if hdmi is connected but the tv using hdmi is tuned off when you fire up the hr your screwed trying to watch hdcp content. It seems it knows its connected to a hdmi tv but since the tv is off and it cant confirm hdcp compliance it assumes its not and it seems like it will not adjust that finding till you turn the unit off and then back on again.

    I suggest you try this. Turn on the hdmi tv. Then turn on the hr. then turn on the other tvs and see what happens with the hbo content. My guess is it will now work fine and you can even likely turn off the hdmi connected tv at that point as well.

    This is what I figured out I had to do to make this work for me, as I had the same issues.
     
  20. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

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    You'd be wrong. And you'd know that If you had dtv equipment and have tried this setup yourself.
     

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