Have you recently encountered problems while trying to play your DVD or Blu-ray Disc on your PS4 console? That could be caused by HDCP or HDCP 2.2, which is a technology that exists as a measure of curbing illegal recording of protected content. We will discuss more HDCP, and we will also show you how to easily disable HDCP PS4.

Part 1: What is HDCP?

HDCP, which is short for HD Digital Content Protection Protocol is a technology that was created by Intel, as a measure of stopping people from illegally recording copy-protected material, by using various types of equipment such as HD capture cards. How exactly does HDCP work? Basically, devices like set-top boxes, game consoles (like Play Station, Xbox), DVD players, and Blu-ray Players scramble the video feed before it is sent to your screen.

When the signal reaches your TV, it exchanges codes with the device sending the code before the video feed is descrambled. As a result, the process will prevent you from recording video as you watch a copy-protected video or movie. In order to continue viewing the content, all your equipment must comply with HDCP standards. It is also important to note that HDCP becomes effective when you watch content from companies that use this technology. Nearly 800 companies license this technology.


The three elements of HDCP

  • 1. Authentication of HDCP-compliant receivers to their immediate upstream connection (an HDCP transmitter). The authentication protocol involves a “key exchange” process and is the mechanism through which the HDCP transmitter verifies that a given HDCP receiver is licensed to receive the protected content.
  • 2. Encryption of audiovisual content over the HDCP-protected interfaces, between HDCP transmitters and their downstream HDCP receivers.
  • 3. Revocation of HDCP receivers that are determined to be invalid, or non-compliant. This is a feature that is built into the HDCP specification. However, it is not clear that revocation lists are being updated by device manufacturers.

Part 2: How to Disable HDCP on PS4

Now that you know the basics of HDCP, the most important question is how to turn off HDCP on PS4 if you are having some trouble with viewing your movies or recording something. It basically takes a few easy steps, which are as follow:

Step 1: Plug-in your PS4 directly to your TV, and turn it on just as normal. If you are not taken to the main home-screen, press the PS button on your controller.


Step 2: From the main screen, go up into the cross media bar and open the settings app.


Step 3: Upon opening the settings application, go all the way down until you find “System”.


Step 4: When have opened the system settings, you should see a checkbox labeled ‘Enable HDCP’. Make sure it is unchecked. Once done, the HDCP will be disabled.


FAQs about HDCP on PS4

In order to help you further understand HDCP PS4, here are some frequency asked questions and answers about the HDCP technology:

1. Why do I need to turn off the HDCP of PS4?

The HDCP needs to be turned off before data transmission can be carried out because HDCP is a digital rights protection management system, which can prevent data transmission.

2. Why does Sony use HDCP on PS4 systems, and will it be a problem if I turn it off?

HDCP is specifically designed for encrypting output HDMI video streams, as a measure of preventing people from recording movies from Blu-ray players using capture cards. All devices that can play Blu-ray movies, including the PS4 have to be equipped with HDCP. Because of its flaws, Sony has promised to remove this system on future firmware updates. If you turn off HDCP, it will not be a problem.

3. Does HDCP support HD capture cards?

HDCP is a technology designed to prevent the illegal recording of movies and videos. Basically, some HD capture cards are supported, but the majority of them are not.

4. Why do some capture cards support HDCP?

Some brand companies have no intentions of putting their customers or businesses at risk by supporting illegal copying. As such, those companies build their HD capture cards to automatically switch on HDCP when a video or movie is being played and switching off HDCP when the customer intends to legally record something.

Related Content: Another Way to Play Blu-ray/DVDs on PS4 with ease

With Blu-ray drive connected to PS4, you could actually play back Blu-ray discs directly on PS4. However, there are occasions that you might find PS4 can’t play Blu-ray discs. This is mainly due to the Blu-ray disc protection.

Don’t worry. If you can’t play Blu-ray/DVDs on PS4 directly, you still get another way. That’s to make use of 3rd-party Blu-ray ripper software to help you decrypt, rip and convert Blu-ray/DVD movies to PS4 compatible video files for importing to PS4 for unlimited playback.

Leawo Blu-ray Ripper is the very Blu-ray to PS4 converter that would help you convert Blu-ray/DVD movies from disc, folder and even ISO image file to PS4 compatible video files easily. Actually, as a professional Blu-ray ripper and converter tool, Leawo Blu-ray Ripper could help you convert Blu-ray to MP4, VP8, 3GP, WebM, MKV, MOV, FLV, AVI, WMV, and 200+ other file formats, and even extract audio off Blu-ray movies so as to save in various audio formats like MP3, AAC, FLAC, etc. As one of the best Blu-ray converter software tools, Leawo Blu-ray Ripper could bypass AACS encryption and region restrictions from Blu-ray so as to let you play and watch any Blu-ray/DVD discs on your PS4 or other media players at will.

You could follow the below steps to learn how simple it is to use Leawo Blu-ray Ripper to rip and convert Blu-ray/DVD movies for PS4 or other players. Firstly, download and install Leawo Blu-ray Ripper on your computer. Insert Blu-ray/DVD disc into the Blu-ray/DVD recorder drive, or get source Blu-ray/DVD files ready.

Note: Leawo Blu-ray Ripper is a module built in Leawo Prof. Media.

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Step 1: Enter Leawo Blu-ray Ripper

Launch Leawo Prof. Media after installation, and then click “Convert” button on the sub-menu or “Blu-ray Ripper” button in the middle to enter the “Blu-ray Ripper” module.


Step 2: Add source Blu-ray/DVD

Under the “Convert” module, click on “Add UHD/Blu-ray/DVD” to add source Blu-ray/DVD disc, folder or ISO image file you want to convert. You could click “Add from CD-ROM” option to browse and load Blu-ray/DVD disc from CD-drive, click “Add from folder” option to browse and load Blu-ray/DVD folder, or “Add iso file” option to browse and add Blu-ray/DVD ISO file from your computer.



    Leawo Blu-ray Ripper offers 3 options to load source Blu-ray movie: Full Movie, Main Movie and Custom Mode. Full Movie allows you to import all titles, and Main Movie only imports the longest title by default but allows you to switch, while under Custom Mode you could freely choose any title(s) for loading. Choose the one according to your needs and load source Blu-ray movies.

Step 3: Set output format

Hit the button next to the “Add Photo” button and then click “Change” option on the drop-down panel to enter the “Profile” window. Choose output format from either “Format” or “Device” group, say MP4 Video from “Format > Common Video” group since PS4 is compatible with MP4 video.


You could adjust video and audio parameters of output files to make sure the output files meet your Kindle tablet exactly, including video bit rate, aspect ratio, resolution, audio codec, sample rate, audio bit rate, audio channel, etc. To do these, just click the “Edit” option on the drop-down panel next to the “Add Photo” button.


Step 4: Set output directory and start converting Blu-ray/DVD

Return to the main interface after setting the output profile. Then, click the green "Convert" button to call out the right sidebar to set the directory in the "Save to" box. After that, click the "Convert" button at the bottom to start converting Blu-ray/DVD movie for PS4 with Leawo Blu-ray Ripper.


Leawo Blu-ray Ripper would start converting Blu-ray/DVD movies for PS4 or other devices you have in hand. You could then view the entire converting process on the converting panel. With advanced GPU acceleration technologies, Leawo Blu-ray Ripper could complete the Blu-ray/DVD to PS4 video conversion quickly.

When the conversion completes, you could then freely import the converted Blu-ray/DVD movies to PS4 as you usually do to play back the converted Blu-ray/DVD movies on PS4 as you like.