How to Fix iTunes HD Movies/TV Shows Won't Play on Monitors

iTunes HD movies iTunes Movies Won't Play Posted by Estrella H.| Last Updated: September 12, 2018

iTunes HD movies not playing error may happen on Windows (10) PC, iMac, iPad or some other older screens. Get idea from this post to get the iTunes HDCP error worked out easily.

iTunes Store has introduced sales on HD movies and TV shows for years, with both 720p and 1080p options provided. And in the near future, 4K content will be available, too, with the same price as HD. At that time, quite many Apple users who get accustomed to purchasing high-definition video clips of popular films and TV shows from iTunes Store can upgrade their HD videos into 4K ones free, and then download them for playback on bigger or more convenient monitors. Unfortunately, iTunes HD movies won't play error may occur at times.

Part 1: Why iTunes HD Movies Cannot Be Played on Some Displays
Part 2: 5 Ways to Fix iTunes HD Movies Won't Play Error
Part 3: How to Fix iTunes HD Movies Won't Play with WinX MediaTrans

Why iTunes HD Movies Cannot Be Played on Some External Displays?

All iTunes HD movies are encrypted and protected by HDCP[1] (high-bandwidth Digital Content Protection). So the premise to play iTunes HD movies normally on computer or any external monitor, with no error message or black screen/only audio matter should meet the following requirements:

1. The terminal playback display must support HDCP at 1024x768 or higher resolution.
2. The digital connection between iTunes HD movie outputting device and receiving device must be HDCP-compatible HDMI, DVI or DisplayPort.
3. Make sure both iTunes and computer (either Windows or Mac) are updated to the latest versions.

How to Fix iTunes HD Movies Won't Play Error

That any actual tache failing to satisfy the conditions above may prevent you from watching Apple purchased HD movies smoothly, and error messages like "This movie cannot be played because a display that is not authorized to play protected movies is connected", "HDCP Not Supported" and "This display/HDTV does not support HDCP, try using Yr etc. Component cables" must drive you nuts. At this moment, you can try those general troubleshooting tips for fixing iTunes HD movies won't play:

Tip 1. Lower the iTunes HD movie into SD one by right clicking it in iTunes -> selecting Standard Definition (SD) under Version. If you have downloaded iTunes movies in HD version, and it's impossible to knock back into SD, you need to re-download a new SD version from iTunes Store.
Tip 2. Download and install iTunes of the newest version (currently 12.8).
Tip 3. Check and update the older non-HDCP monitor into a HDCP friendly one.
Tip 4. Switch HDCP-incompatible connector (like VGA) into approved digital HDMI, DVI or DisplayPort. If your cable is HDMI, you can also buy a HDMI splitter to ignore HDCP request for iTunes HD movie streaming.

Fix iTunes HD Movies Won't Play

Tip 5: Ideal Tool to Fix iTunes HD Movie Won't Play

100% Clean and Secure - WinX MediaTrans

No extra qualified monitor/connector paid or video quality downgrade, it frees all iTunes-bought movies by removing DRM to embrace all screens.

Fast Fix iTunes HD Movies Won't Play with WinX MediaTrans

Step 1. Free download , install and open up WinX MediaTrans on your computer.

Step 2. Click "Remove DRM" on the main interface to enter into an exclusive UI.

Step 3. Click "+ Add File" on the top left to choose and import local iTunes purchased HD movies into the program. To guarantee a well-off DRM removing process, you need to firstly tick "Share iTunes Library XML with other applications" under iTunes -> Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced. After that, you'd better close iTunes to have WinX MediaTrans function well.

Step 4. Choose one or more HD movies from the list, and press "Remove" to unlock the DRM-ed file(s). Once the mission is finished, you can watch iTunes HD movies in DRM-free MP4 format everywhere.

Fix iTunes HD Movies Won't Play with WinX MediaTrans

This is just the route for removing copy protection of iTunes HD movie downloaded on computer. If the target iTunes purchased movie lies in your mobile iPhone or iPad, just connect it to computer and follow the instruction below: Convert iTunes HD Movies on iPhone from M4V to DRM-free MP4

External reading about iTunes HD movies:
Recently, iTunes users from UK and Canada has discovered that certain movie items listed in their iTunes purchased history, e.g Passengers (2016), added 4K and HDR options under Type column. Although the two are not available to purchase yet, 4K is just an irresistible trend of digital store.

Price of iTunes HD Movies: unpopular movie - $17.99/$19.99; popular movie - $13.99/$14.99.
Price of iTunes HD TV Shows: $2.99/episode
Price of iTunes 4K Content: Unknown

[1] HDCP: High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) is a form of digital copy protection developed by Intel Corporation  to prevent copying of digital audio and video content as it travels across connections... 

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