Content Protection for Streaming Media

Why using HDCP 2.2 Pro is not the solution

Protecting content when streaming over a LAN or WAN is crucial for many content providers. This paper explores the use of HDCP 2.2 Pro as a technology to accomplish that and highlights the deficiencies of that approach.


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  • HDCP 2.2 Pro is not a DRM system.
  • HDCP 2.2 Pro cannot be used with many common client devices, including PCs, mobile and System on Chip (SoC) displays.
  • HDCP 2.2 Pro restricts who can deploy systems using it.
  • HDCP 2.2 Pro restricts where systems can be deployed.
  • HDCP 2.2 Pro requires public Internet access.
  • HDCP 2.2 pro is suitable for a very limited set of use cases.
  • HDCP 2.2 pro will not be allowed by US broadcasters.