Farewell, HDMI, we hardly knew ye

HDBaseT logo

HDBaseT logo


I found out today that HDMI was something of a stop-gap measure. It is being replaced with something called HDBaseT.

According to the industry website, it is to have these features:

  • Uncompressed video/audio up to 10.2 Gbps. HDBaseT technology is capable of scaling up to 20 Gbps of throughput while enabling multi-stream support
  • Supports HDCP
  • Maximum cable length of up to 100m, including support of multiple hops, up to 8 x 100m
  • Low cost standard Cat5e/6 LAN cable
  • Utilizes a standard RJ-45 connector
  • Supplies up to 100W of power – which can be utilized to power a remote TV
  • Support for 100Mbps Ethernet – HDBaseT technology is capable of scaling up to Gigabit Ethernet
  • Easy installation utilizing existing in-wall Ethernet connectivity
  • USB support
  • Networking support including extended-range daisy chain and star topologies

In many ways, I like this… I only have to stock one cable to send stuff between my computer, my amplifier, and my big screen TV. The convergence that I expected to happen 10 years ago is finally going strong.

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2 Responses to Farewell, HDMI, we hardly knew ye

  1. Eric Windisch says:

    Supplies up to 100W of power – which can be utilized to power a remote TV

    I hope this will be compatible with PoE, otherwise we’ll see a lot of fried equipment!

    • admin says:

      I’ve considered this, also. I would be shocked if it didn’t, however, the specification is hidden behind an industry licensing pay-wall, so I have no idea.