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Old 08-09-2011, 06:03 AM   #1
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I got my Roku 2 today and happily plugged it into my older Sony XBR1 TV via the HDMI port. Got nothing. Plugged it in via yellow/red/white and everything works, just not in HD. Took the Roku downstairs to the newer Samsung and plugged it in via HDMI, perfect picture...

Went to the Roku web site for support and they have a blurb about older TV's with HDMI that is not HDCP compliant. Seems that the device can't output under that circumstance. My old Sony seems to fall into this category.

Here is my question...is there anything that CAN fool the HDMI cable into thinking it is connected to a HDCP device? Maybe a A/V receiver or some kind of converter box..

Hate to only use SD for this box. Going to buy a second power supply so that I can carry the Roku between TV's and use it in both places.
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Old 08-10-2011, 03:08 AM   #2
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Does the Roku box have component video (red, green, blue) video connections? They are HD and not limited by those same HDCP restrictions, that is you will be able to get a HD picture...
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Nope, only a HDMI port and a 3.5mm jack that Roku has converted to a composite connection.

I ended up getting this
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...=1312976510101

Hope it works
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Old 08-10-2011, 08:49 AM   #4
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That should do it...
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Old 08-12-2011, 11:12 AM   #5
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My bet is that it will NOT work. You will have the same issue with the HDMI to Component box as you are having with your old tv. Unless some has made a box to get around the HDMI copy protection standard that is mandated on the ROKU 2. For your old set, get a last generation ROKU with component outs.
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My bet is that it will NOT work. You will have the same issue with the HDMI to Component box as you are having with your old tv. Unless some has made a box to get around the HDMI copy protection standard that is mandated on the ROKU 2. For your old set, get a last generation ROKU with component outs.
If the converter has HMCP built in, I hope the Roku see that and starts up. Researching the Roku's forum tells me that there exists a power-on signal on one pin of the HDMI plug that tells the other devices attached to it that it is HMCP compliant, if the Roku doesn't see that signal. the HDMI output is not enabled.

If it doesn't work , I will live with the SD on the old TV because why would I want to go backwards in technology and features?
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An Update.

After a huge fug-up by UPD/USPS and a call to EforCity, I finally got 2 converters, one will be "return to sender" and one is now happily providing me a high def picture from my Roku2 and Sony.

Only issue is that the maker has installed a one point twenty-one jiggawatts laser instead of a simple "on" LED.

The light actually fills my entire room! Need to find a piece of black electrical tape to cover that sucker up.

The shipping mess was pretty bad, 12 days to ship. EforCity sent another one Saturday regular mail and both arrived today (Monday).

Great customer service, I think I will use them for other stuff.
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DoctorCAD, can you confirm this HDMI>Component converter solition is working well for you? I have the exact same problem you describe. My new Roku 2 will not display anything via the DVI input (using HDMI>DVI converter I already use successfully for my DVD player) on my old Sony kv-32hs500 even though the TV is definitely HDCP compliant (says so on the port itself and in the tv manual). I've searched the web and yours seems to be the only successful resolution to this Roku 2 issue short of giving up and downgrading the roku to standard definition (which defeats the purpose for me!). I'd rather not shell out another $60 for this converter but if it will do the job then that is what I'll do. Thanks in advance for your reply/help..
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DoctorCAD, can you confirm this HDMI>Component converter solition is working well for you? I have the exact same problem you describe. My new Roku 2 will not display anything via the DVI input (using HDMI>DVI converter I already use successfully for my DVD player) on my old Sony kv-32hs500 even though the TV is definitely HDCP compliant (says so on the port itself and in the tv manual). I've searched the web and yours seems to be the only successful resolution to this Roku 2 issue short of giving up and downgrading the roku to standard definition (which defeats the purpose for me!). I'd rather not shell out another $60 for this converter but if it will do the job then that is what I'll do. Thanks in advance for your reply/help..

Yep, it works perfectly still.
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As far as I know all displays with HDMI inputs are supposed to be HDCP compliant, only DVI used the first couple of years of HDTV with digital inputs predate HDCP. I have a Sony KV-30XBR910 and it predates common usage of HDMI but is HDCP compliant using DVI. Either Roku or Sony or both have done a poor job implementing HDCP causing the incompatibility is my guess. Fortunately those issues are very rare now but 7 years ago were more common.

An HDMI to component converter that works properly is a nice thing to have anyway but is an expensive way to connect a Roku.
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As far as I know all displays with HDMI inputs are supposed to be HDCP compliant, only DVI used the first couple of years of HDTV with digital inputs predate HDCP. I have a Sony KV-30XBR910 and it predates common usage of HDMI but is HDCP compliant using DVI. Either Roku or Sony or both have done a poor job implementing HDCP causing the incompatibility is my guess. Fortunately those issues are very rare now but 7 years ago were more common.

An HDMI to component converter that works properly is a nice thing to have anyway but is an expensive way to connect a Roku.
Since my Sony is 8 years old, I can't blame Roku.

My solution still stands as a viable HD workaround.
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