Can I show content from streaming services like Netflix and Disney+ on my classroom projector?

The St. Vrain Valley School District (SVVSD) is legally not allowed to show content from streaming services.

If you have tried to display content from a steaming provider such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Discovery+ or Disney+ in your classroom, you may have encountered the following message:

Unauthorized HDCP.
Content has been disabled.

If you get this error (or other errors referencing HDCP), it means that the owners of the copyrighted media content you are trying to watch have put limitations on it to prevent piracy and illegal use.

HDCP is the name for the standard that enforces these limitations. HDCP stands for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection and is a technology that prevents devices such as projectors from showing protected media unless all devices involved are HDCP compliant.

HDCP relies on a chain of devices that all meet the HDCP Compliance Standard.

If any one of the devices in the chain are not HDCP compliant, the video will not play.

St. Vrain Valley School District projectors and classroom projection systems are not HDCP compatible. As a result, your computer is prohibited from playing protected media content when connected to SVVSD projection systems.

Are there any legal ways to use streaming services in the classroom?

Netflix is one streaming service that has a provision for use in an educational setting. This applies only to certain documentaries from their database. Click here for more information.