How do I know if my HDMI cable supports HDCP?

Answered by Jarrod Smith

To determine if your HDMI cable supports HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), there are a few ways you can check:

1. Check the cable packaging: Look for any labels or stickers on the packaging that indicate HDCP compliance. Some manufacturers may explicitly mention HDCP support on the packaging or in the product description.

2. Inspect the cable itself: Examine the physical cable for any tags or stickers that mention HDCP compliance. Some cables may have these indicators printed directly on the cable itself. Look for phrases like “HDCP compliant” or “HDCP supported.”

3. Search for the brand or model online: If you know the brand or model of your HDMI cable, you can perform a quick search on the manufacturer’s website or other trusted sources. Look for specifications or product information that mentions HDCP compatibility. Keep in mind that not all manufacturers may explicitly mention HDCP support, so this method may not always be reliable.

4. Verify on The HDMI Licensing Administrator, Inc. maintains a database of certified HDMI cables on their official website, You can search for your cable’s brand or model to check if it is HDCP compliant. However, this method may not be suitable if you have a generic or unbranded cable.

While these methods can help you determine if your HDMI cable supports HDCP, it’s important to note that most HDMI cables produced in recent years are likely to be HDCP compliant. HDCP is a standard requirement for transmitting high-definition content, so cables manufactured for HDMI 1.4 or later versions are generally expected to support HDCP. However, it’s always a good idea to double-check the cable’s compatibility, especially if you’re dealing with older or uncertified cables.

If you find that your current cable does not support HDCP, you may need to consider purchasing a new HDMI cable that explicitly states its HDCP compliance. It’s worth investing in a reliable and certified cable to ensure reliable and uninterrupted transmission of HDCP-protected content.

Remember that HDCP compliance is primarily important for certain types of content, such as Blu-ray discs, streaming services, and other protected media. If you’re only using your HDMI cable for basic audio and video connections, HDCP compatibility may not be a critical factor.

Determining if your HDMI cable supports HDCP can be done by checking the cable packaging, inspecting the cable itself, searching for brand or model information online, or verifying on the official website. While most modern HDMI cables are likely to be HDCP compliant, it’s always beneficial to ensure compatibility for protected content transmission.