“You see, I don’t own an HDTV, which is required for the Apple TV… My Apple TV has been connected to a Dell FPW2005 20-inch LCD display (the same kind to which I connect my MacBook Pro at home and at the office). The two devices are connected by a cable that has an HDMI plug on one end (which attaches to the Apple TV) and a DVI plug on the other (connecting the Dell monitor),” Jeff Carlson reports for TidBITS.

MacDailyNews Take: Connecting a monitor with a Dell logo on it with any Apple product is like grafting Ed Asner’s head onto Jessica Biel’s body. It’s unnatural. And disgusting. Yuck. Just say no to Dell.

Carlson continues, “When I attempted to watch the movie, however, the Apple TV displayed an error message: ‘This content requires HDCP for playback.’ HDCP (High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection) is a form of digital rights management (DRM) that prevents you from playing video over DVI and HDMI connections (in my case) if you don’t own compatible hardware that can decode the signal properly.”

“Beneath the error message was a note that I could watch the movie using the Apple TV’s component connection instead. I couldn’t take advantage of the HDMI solution that sends video and audio down one cable, but I could output video through the three component video cables and separately attach audio to the Apple TV. Unfortunately, the Dell monitor, being primarily a computer display, didn’t include component connections,” Carlson reports.

“I could have simply sacrificed the $4 rental fee and chalked it up as the cost of research, but $4 is also the cost of a pair of double-espressos and is therefore real money. So I did what I imagine few people do: I wrote to Apple,” Carlson reports. “Within 24 hours, I received a reply: ‘I’m sorry to hear that you can’t play the movie that you rented. I have reversed the charge for this rental.'”

More in the full article here.

As we said yesterday, Hollywood should drop the senseless DRM they are insisting upon as it only punishes paying customers while generating laughter from pirates. Just sell us good content that’s free of draconian restrictions at a reasonable price and we’ll make you rich beyond your wildest dreams.