Forgive me if this has been answered before, but I can't seem to find my exact issue. I have a 6-series Samsung LED TV (no 3D), connected to a Samsung soundbar, connected to a Monoprice 4x2 switcher/splitter. Hooked up is a DirecTV receiver, PS3, AppleTV, and Wii.
About 3-4 months ago I had a problem where the PS3 stopped playing through to the TV (but would play through to a second TV hooked up through the switcher/splitter. Some DirecTV content would play, but not others (like HBO HDTV shows). Same with AppleTV--some Netflix shows would play, but some wouldn't (higher quality video wouldn't play). So I narrowed it down to a specific HDMI cable. I switched with another cable (some generic brand) and everything was fine.
Now it has happened again. So before I start tearing apart my beautiful wiring wraps, covers, tunnels, etc... to find the cable, I wanted some advice.
Is it inherent in the cable? If so, what HDMI cable should I buy?
Is the switcher/splitter ruining the cable (I never found this issue before using a splitter/switcher)?
Any advice appreciated.
This is the advice DirecTV gives me when I find a program that won't play, like recent movies on HBO: "Your TV does not support this program's content protection. Replacing the TV's HDMI cable with component cables will allow you to view the program."Now other things, like baseball on TNT HD will play fine.