Tuesday, 10 November 2015

A List of Ultra HD (4k) Monitors with HDCP 2.2

I'm not sure if HDCP 2.2 is necessary on a monitor but if you plan on connecting a Ultra HD source to the monitor one day, say Ultra HD Blu-ray, then you'll almost certainly need HDCP 2.2. HDCP 2.2 is the latest copy protection system and if you have a player that uses 2.2 you'll need a monitor with an HDMI 2.0 connection that supports 2.2 or higher. Right now it's hard to find a monitor with HDCP 2.2, it's actually quite hard to find a monitor with HDMI 2.0. Yes, I know that's confusing. As far as I know, you can't have HDCP 2.2 on a monitor/TV that has a HDMI below 2.0, although you can have a monitor with HDMI 2.0 but not HDCP 2.2. Got it? Great.

So to save anyone the trouble I compiled a list of monitors with HDCP2.2 and, to save people who are trying to find out whether a certain model has HDCP 2.2 time, a list of monitors without HDCP 2.2. If the monitor you're researching is on that second list you can stop looking now. I'm assuming that any monitor that has HDMI 1.4 hasn't got HDCP 2.2, so any monitor with HDMI 1.4 goes on that second list, as well as monitors with no HDMI. Even if you could get a monitor with HDMI 1.4 and HDCP you wouldn't be able to play back UHD at 60fps anyway.

The list is correct, as far as I know, when I wrote it but new monitors are coming out all the time and it's possible that I missed a monitor all together. Let me know in the comments if there's a UHD monitor with HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 and I'll add it to my list for future readers.

Monitors confirmed with HDCP2.2
LG 27MU67-B
Asus PA328Q (HDMI port 1 only)
Dell  UP3216Q

Monitors confirmed without HDCP2.2
Samsung UE590D
Samsung U32E850R
ASUS ROG Swift PG27AQ
Asus PB287Q
IIyama B2888UHSU
Acer 4K2K
Acer B326HK
Eizo EV3237
Philips BDM4065UC
Dell P2415Q
Dell P2715Q
Dell UP3214Q
Dell UP2715K
Acer XB280HK
Samsung U32D970Q
LG 31MU97
Viewsonic VP2780-4K

Unconfirmed
Acer S277HK
Acer CB280HK
Acer B286HKgvu
Acer K242HQ
AOC U2870VQE
AOC U2868PQU
NEC MultiSync PA322UHD
Seiki Pro SM40UNP
Seiki  40U4SEP-G02
Samsung LU32D97KQSR
Philips 288P6LJEB
Viewsonic VP2780-4K
Unconfirmed monitors are ones that were hard to find specs for. Truthfully I just gave up because I suspect that none of them have HDCP 2.2.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

List of Value Electronics TV Shootout Winners

I just heard about an interesting annual event that somehow had passed me by for over ten years. It's Value Electronics TV shootout, which invites a group of expert TV calibrators and fans to judge the best of that years new models. I wondered where I could find a list of previous winners and results and to my surprise there was no list, so I decided to create one here for anyone like me who was curious. It's not a definitive guide since only new models are being judged so the winner in each year may not be the best TV you can currently buy and only a handful of models are judged.

To start with, here are some links to the results, I'll return later to incorporate everything them into this article.

2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008

Obedient House

I can't remember Windows Defender ever popping up to tell me it's detected a threat so I was surprised when it just did. Apparently I had a trojan called "Python/Blakamba.gen!". What was odd was it installed itself in a directory called program files/obedient house. This trojan seems to have only been discovered today which is perhaps why I can't find any mention of it on google but I'm confused as to how I got it because normally I'm very careful

Update: It seems like the folder name is variable, see comments for other variations.

I use Firefox and was watching a video on the BBC news website when Windows Defender alerted me.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Spurs and stuff

Ever wondered how big the new Spurs training ground is compared to the North London Development Project, site of the new Spurs stadium? Well it's massive! Take a look at this image from Google maps