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.