HDMI is the Bee's Knees, Promoters (and In-Stat) Say



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Meh... HDMI as far as I am concerned is still missing some key functionality. If I have a media center PC and I use HDMI to connect my HDTV to that PC I can not tell the monitor to "go to sleep" like I can with DVI. When you do that it messes up HDCP. Thats 100% failure IMO. Both DVI and Displayport can do this.



Alright! 19 pins and maxing out at ~20Gbps for a short run... OR 2 8pin Cat 6a (16 pins) pushing (gasp) ~20Gpbs both ways for runs up to 100m (and shorter cables will likely push more).

That's always been the thing that I never understood. Why can't they get faster (and thus carry more data)?



HDMI and its fees just does not seem like a very good value. I’d rather have Thunderbolt if I have to pay a license fee.



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Just don't buy HDMI cables in a brick and mortar store, because I can pretty much guarantee you're paying way too much.

When I didn't know any better I bought my first one in a store to go with my new TV and it was like $60. Later when I purchased my Roku from Amazon I decided to pick up the cable from them too and couldn't believe how cheap they were. I picked up a 6 ft. brand name cable for $8. That same week I was looking through Best Buy's weekly sales flyer and saw the exact same length and brand name cable on sale for $55!



The only problem with HDMI is that word.  "License".


I want to see an HDMI transmitter system.  A box I can connect to my Living Room Entertainment system, and have it transmit full HD/5.1 quality to other TV's around the house that have a receiver box plugged into them.

And it can't cost ridiculous $$$ either.  That's partly where the "License" thing come in.



Other than the fact that video quality is better on HDMI, I cannot stress how wonderful it is to NOT have to screw anything in to get great quality.



That's all well and good, but...

I have a setup where I can route the cable box DVR composite output signal to a switch, then on to the TV in my kitchen (or the kitchen can watch regular tv with no box if the switch is flipped the other way). That way I can watch my recorded shows while I do the dishes or cook. It annoys me no end that now that I have an HDTV in the living room (where the box is) that I have to unplug the HDMI cable in order for the box to remove the "unauthorized signal" message.

I'm still only watching my show on one tv at a time, I'm not recording it to DVD or Bluray, and I'm only sending standard def. So why is this "illegal"? The state of my HDMI cable (or lack thereof) should neither impact nor determine the state of a composite signal on a legal path.

HDMI is great, but it's not perfect, and not suprisingly it's the damn "copy protection" that's messing things up.





There are $5 RF Modulation boxes on Amazon you can use for this without a switch needed.  Just plug an extra SVHS and audio output to the box, then the RF output to a splitter that feeds all your other TV's.


I've been doing this for 10 years now.  It's not HD, of course, and only Stereo, but for a bedroom, office or Kitchen TV it's great.  HD comes out in wide screen, and just hit the zoom button on the remote TV and it fills the screen perfectly like HD (but at non-HD resolution.

As I posted earlier, I'm waitign for an affordable HDMI transmitting system.  That would be the cats meow.



Thanks Larry, I actually have one of thos boxes in my bedroom. It's doing the exact opposite and letting me use my cheapo dvd player on a TV that doesn't have the proper input. Only I bought mine at radio shack at a time when they cost a few bucks more to begin with. (The price I pay for early adoption).

In all fairness, I shouldn't blame HDMI for my issue. I'm sure the cable box itself is doing the "blocking". It's just HDMI that's doing the detecting.


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