How to circumvent Cinavia
What is Cinavia
Cinavia works to prevent copying via the detection of a watermark recorded into the analog audio of media such as theatrical films and Blu-ray Discs. The intent is to prevent all copying, both counterfeit copies and legal copies of one's own content. In other words, when you buy a DVD or Blu-Ray, you have no legal rights to copy it. If the disc fails, you must go buy another one.
When does it matter
Most newer DVD, Blu-Ray players, PS3, and PS4 have a USB drive and the ability to playback videos. Most DVD, Blu-Ray players, PS3, and PS4 manufactured since 2012 contain Cinavia technology. This implies if you rip a Cinavia protected DVD to an external hard drive, plug that hard drive into your Blu-Ray player, and try to watch it at about the 20 minute mark the audio stops working.
Blu-Ray players without Cinavia
- some Oppo players
- Panasonic DMP-BD55 (fw 2.4)
- Panasonic DMP-BD65 (fw 1.64)
- Panasonic DMP-BD85 (fw 1.62)
- Pioneer BDP-320
- Samsung BD-H6500, if you remove the Wi-Fi chip. I have not tried this, nor will I.
- Factory Reset
- All stored user BD data will be deleted.
- Press the @ button (on top panel) for more than 5 seconds with no disc inside. The initialization message appears on the screen, and the player turns off automatically.
- When you turn your product on again, all the settings will be reset
- Manuals and Downloads
- Region Codes
- Reset Smart Hub
- Sony BDP-S350 & BDP-S550 (fw 0026)
- Sony BDP-S1000es (fw 014)
- Sony BDP-S5500
Movies infected with Cinavia
- These lists are not exhaustive. Manufacturers are adding Cinavia to popular titles on reprints.
- Play your infected movie on a computer. Most computers have a HDMI out. Most TVs have a HDMI in.
- There are other means to adjust the sound, e.g. CinEx HD Utility, but those may be illegal.