The HDCP protocol is integrated with several devices, including streaming video hardware, cable decoders, satellite TV receivers, and so on. If your old HDTV does not have built-in HDCP, you will not be able to watch HDCP compatible content. Therefore, when you connect standard HDCP devices, you will see an HDCP error, ERROR: OUT HDCP OUTPUT or a completely blank screen on your TV.
What happens if everything is fine and you still get an HDCP error on your Apple TV? Well, this problem may also be due to a faulty HDMI cable or receiver. Even your HDMI switch may be playing the sport of loot. Try these solutions to get rid of this problem!
Solution 1: Check HDMI Cable/Turn OFF/On Apple TV and Receiver
- Disconnect the HDMI cable, and then reconnect it firmly.
- Turn off the receiver and Apple TV. Then unplug your Apple TV from the power source. Then wait a bit. Reconnect it to the power source, then turn on your Apple TV and receiver.
- Make sure that you have selected the HDMI input that corresponds to the HDMI port connected to your Apple TV.
- The HDMI receiver or switch may create problems. Therefore, try to connect your Apple TV directly to your TV.
- Even the cable may be defective. Therefore, try another cable to see if it works.
- Open Settings → Audio and Video → adjust the HDMI settings.
Solution 2: Restore your Apple TV to its factory settings
If the tips mentioned above have not solved the problem, start again from scratch. I mean, restore your Apple to TV to the factory settings.
Step 1. Go to Settings → System → Reset.
Step 2. Now you need to select a reset option:
Reset: It allows you to reset your device quickly even without an Internet connection.
Reset and Update: It resets your Apple TV to the factory settings and installs software updates using an Internet connection.
Choose the best option for your convenience and reset your TV as usual.
Solution 3: Restore Apple TV Through iTunes
To restore your Apple TV, make sure the latest version of iTunes is installed on your computer. You need a 4th generation Apple TV USB-C cable or a 3rd or earlier Apple TV micro-USB cable. In addition, you also need a very good internet connection.
Step 1. First, you must unplug the HDMI cable and power cord from the Apple TV. Then, launch iTunes on your computer.
Step 2. Next, plug a USB-C cable into the back of the 4th generation Apple TV.
Next, you need to plug the other end of your USB-C drive into a USB port on your computer.
For Apple TV (3rd or 4th generation, you need to plug in the power cord.) For 2nd generation Apple TV, you will need to leave it unplugged.
Step 3. Check out the summary page in iTunes.
Step 4. Click Restore Apple TV. Now, let it be restored successfully.
Step 5. Once the restoration of your Apple TV is complete, you must unplug the USB-C cable and the power cord. Then you need to reconnect the HDMI cable and the power cord to your Apple TV.