Onkyo AVRs first to support BT Sport Ultra HD

Onkyo has become the first AV receiver (AVR) maker to have its products tested for compliance with the HDCP 2.2 encryption system used by Europe’s first live sport 4K TV service, BT Sport Ultra HD.

The results of BT testing show that Onkyo AVRs equipped with HDCP 2.2 copy protection, which was first made available in 2014, are fully compatible with the service.

“Back in 2014 Onkyo’s research and development team predicted – correctly – that HDCP 2.2 copy protection was going to be an essential part of most future 4K TV offerings,” said Onkyo UK sales manager David Mugford. “They pulled out all the stops to become the first AVR brand to bring the system to market, including it on the majority of their models that year.

BT Sport Ultra TV box
BT Sport Ultra HD TV box

“The upshot is that consumers who bought non-HDCP 2.2-equipped AVRs in 2014 will now have to replace them at considerable expense, just 18 months later, if they want compatibility with BT Sport Ultra HD and other upcoming copy-protected TV services. As BT has now confirmed, those who invested in Onkyo AVRs will have no such issues.”