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How to fix Roku HDCP error?

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Roku is a rather popular streaming device that’s relatively straightforward to use. However, just like everything tech, some things can go wrong with it at times.

In this article, we’re looking at Roku HDCP error, its causes and how you can resolve the problem.

What causes Roku HDCP error?

The error is mainly caused due to two reasons — either the content you’re trying to stream doesn’t support any content-protection tech yet, or the device detects that your HDMI cable isn’t HDCP compliant.

A faulty HDMI cable is also the probable cause of the error. Whatever the actual reason might be, the error is relatively easy to resolve.

Also read: Why is my Roku remote not working?

How to fix Roku HDCP error?

Here are a few solutions you can try out to get the error fixed.

Try out another cable

First up, rule out the possibility of a faulty or broken HDMI cable by swapping it with another one. Make sure you’re plugging into an HDMI 2.0 input that supports HDCP 2.2. 

Another thing you can do is to make sure your cable is less than six feet in length. If you’re using an HDMI switch, try plugging in the Roku player directly into your TV. 

Check your internet connection

It’s also a good idea to keep an eye on your internet connection. 4k content is heavy on the bandwidth to stream, and if you don’t have enough of it, you can run into this error at times. At least 25mbps upload and download speeds are recommended. 

Check your Display

Make sure that the TV or monitor that you’re using support HDCP. You can also try changing the display settings on your Roky player. You’ll find these settings under the Display type menu in the Settings.

Unplug the HDMI cable

The next thing on the list is to unplug your HDMI cable from both ends and re-plug it again. Make sure you remove the cable from your TV, AVR, or soundbar, as well as the Roku player. 

Restart your Roku

Restarting your Roku and your TV is also a good idea and, more often than not, will fix any such random issues that you might face. 

Use a different HDMI input

Most TVs and monitors support multiple HDMI inputs. Try using another input if the one you were plugged in wasn’t working. There’s a chance that something might be wrong with the HDMI input itself might be busted. 

Also read: YouTube not working on Roku: 7 Fixes

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here:

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