Why can't I play DVDs on a projector from my laptop?

Epson Powerlite

Episode 933

Jay from Whittier, CA

This is because of copy protection. To play back a Blu-ray and project it, all of his hardware has to be compatible with HDCP copy protection. Anything in the chain will throw it off. Leo says that unless the laptop has an HDMI connection, it's likely that it won't support it. In fact, Powerlight is largely for powerpoint presentations. Another thing to try is turning off hardware acceleration. He could try the mirroring feature with the projector as the primary display.

Will I be able to get Picture-in-Picture and a web browser on my HDTV?

Episode 928

Tim from Chatanooga, TN

Tim recently bought a Sharp 835U HDTV, but is disappointed that it doesn't have a browser or picture in a picture.

Scott says that in reference to picture in picture, that is a format that is rapidly fading away as DVRs are capable of recording multiple programs at the same time. It's just not a feature that people want anymore. Additionally, Satellite and cable boxes have multiple tuners as a result, freeing TVs to not have to carry that option.

How do I deal with copy protection on Blu-Ray movies on my computer?

Blu Ray Logo

Episode 923

Terry from Missouri

Terry got a new Dell Computer with a Blu-ray player, but when he puts the blu-ray disc into it, it goes to Windows basic. Leo says that's normal. It's requiring HDCP to his TV. Leo says that the reason why Apple has never put blu-ray on their Macs is because it's a "bag of hurt," since Blu-ray is heavily copy protected. This is why he needs not only an HDCP compliant HDMI cable, but also a TV that supports it. It's stupid because all it does is teach users to be pirates because it's just easier to go onto the net and find what they want from Bit Torrent.

Why do the DVDs I make look worse than the video did on my computer?


Episode 898

Sam from Vista, CA

The footage Sam has imported on his computer is in high definition, and DVDs aren't capable of playing back HD content. It also could be an interlacing issue. If his footage looks like it's being viewed through window blinds, he should find software that will de-interlace the video. If he wants high definition, he'll have to author his videos to Blu-ray discs.

Ultimately Leo recommends watching the video on his computer since DVDs don't have much of a future anymore. He should make sure to keep backups of those videos too.

Do I really need to connect my DVD player to the internet to "update the software"?

Episode 884

David from Van Nuys, CA

No, it's really not essential. They want people to plug in to update the copy protection files. If he doesn't, it’s possible the Blu-ray won’t play. But right now, it’s just for interactive features. Leo also says that there aren’t a lot of Blu-ray copying software utilities out there because the files are just too big.