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We have just purchased a Roku tv for our shop/man cave

We have just purchased a Roku tv for our shop/man cave. We already had a tv with an add on Roku device. We would like to keep the small tv and share the picture from the new Roku tv to the small tv. We bought a HDMI output splitter. But we can’t seem to get the smaller tv to pick up the signal. Is this even possible?  We are trying to avoid double streaming to both TVs. 

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Level 10

Re: We have just purchased a Roku tv for our shop/man cave

HDCP Is the Problem With HDMI Splitters

HDCP is an anti-piracy measure built into streaming devices, televisions, and cables. It protects content by using a verification process between the video-playing device and the screen.

Once it establishes a verified connection, HDCP encrypts the signal to prevent unauthorized recording of the content. This arrangement also prevents content owners from viewing their own content.

If the video is HDCP-protected but one part of your setup isn't HDCP-compliant, the video won't play (sometimes with an error message). That means a lot of people with older equipment can't watch legally purchased content.

 

HDMI Splitters That Bypass HDCP: Fallback Mode

There is a fallback mode inside of HDCP that allows for HDCP-compliant content to fall back to a lower resolution (usually 720p) if the equipment isn't HDCP-compliant. Fallback mode rarely gets triggered by devices other than a splitter, which is why they're a great solution to this issue.

Some cheap splitters bypass HDCP entirely by accident. Because cheap splitter manufacturers didn't bother paying for an HDCP license, they shouldn't be able to play protected content at all. However, because they trigger fallback mode, the content gets downgraded to a lower resolution and plays normally---most of the time.

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Level 7

Re: We have just purchased a Roku tv for our shop/man cave

Thank you. The splitter does show its HDCP compatible 2.2/1.4.

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Re: We have just purchased a Roku tv for our shop/man cave


@Danesbitt02 wrote:

Thank you. The splitter does show its HDCP compatible 2.2/1.4.


So there it is, you need to get one that is not compliant with that technology.

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Re: We have just purchased a Roku tv for our shop/man cave

I'd be surprized the Roku TV manufacturer would design to output the screen signal

from Roku. I'd expect youd be better off with a Roku device and splitting it.

---A problem clearly stated is a problem half solved---.
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