The quest for the perfect high definition picture and sound is moving fast with bigger and sharper displays, even more true to life color, and fast action 3D.
We will take you on a short tour of the benefits this new cable standard enables.
? Bigger and Better Picture As we marvel at the stunning high resolution video of 1080p TVs, there is a demand for even bigger TVs, and for them to look as sharp as today's 40"-50" HDTVs. The next jump will be in 70" screens and above. The promise of 4k by 2k resolution has been showcased at recent Consumer Electronics Shows as displays of the future. They have four times as many pixels as a 1080p TV, providing a sharp outstanding theater like picture, even with the largest sized displays and home theater screens.
? All the big movie studios and gaming creators are about to change how we enjoy home entertainment. As most of you know, 3D is accomplished with 2 separate images being sent to your TV, one for each eye. Current refresh rates of 60hz and 120hz, will double to 120hz and 240hz respectively in Televisions and sources. Twice the refresh rate means twice the bandwidth.
? Sharing photos on the big screen is the photo album of today. However, digital cameras capture the colors differently than your TV reproduces them. The new 1.4 HDMI supports more "color spaces" so that photos shown on your TV are as accurate and vibrant as they are captured by your camera. In addition, Blu ray players have upgraded the color spectrum from 8-bit to 10-bit and 16-bit. Each of these upgrades have greater demands on cable bandwidth and speed. Think of the new HDMI as putting in more freeway lanes so that you can support a bigger city for the future.
? In an effort to consolidate even more cables, future versions of HDMI will have Ethernet built in, as well as an audio return that allows the same cable carrying video to your TV from you're A/V receiver to also carry audio back to your A/V receiver from your TV.