Windows 10: HDMI Forum Announces Version 2.1 of the HDMI Specification

  1. Brink's Avatar
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       07 Jan 2017 #1

    HDMI Forum Announces Version 2.1 of the HDMI Specification


    Las Vegas, Nevada – January 4, 2017 - HDMI Forum, Inc. today announced the upcoming release of Version 2.1 of the HDMI Specification. This latest HDMI Specification supports a range of Higher Video Resolutions and refresh rates including 8K60 and 4K120, Dynamic HDR, and increased bandwidth with a new 48G cable. Version 2.1 of the HDMI Specification is backward compatible with earlier versions of the Specification, and was developed by the HDMI Forum’s Technical Working Group whose members represent some of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics, personal computers, mobile devices, cables and components.

    “This new release of the Specification offers a broad range of advanced features for enhancing the consumer entertainment experience, as well as providing robust solutions to the commercial AV sector,” said Robert Blanchard of Sony Electronics, president of the HDMI Forum. “This is part of the HDMI Forum’s continuing mission to develop specifications for the HDMI eco-system that meet the growing demand for compelling, high-performance and exciting features.” HDMI Specification 2.1 Features Include:

    • Higher Video Resolutions support a range of higher resolutions and faster refresh rates including 8K60Hz and 4K120Hz for immersive viewing and smooth fast-action detail.
    • Dynamic HDR ensures every moment of a video is displayed at its ideal values for depth, detail, brightness, contrast, and wider color gamuts—on a scene-by-scene or even a frame-by-frame basis.
    • 48G cables enable up to 48Gbps bandwidth for uncompressed HDMI 2.1 feature support including 8K video with HDR. The cable is backwards compatible with earlier versions of the HDMI Specification and can be used with existing HDMI devices.
    • eARC supports the most advanced audio formats such as object-based audio, and enables advanced audio signal control capabilities including device auto-detect.
    • Game Mode VRR features variable refresh rate, which enables a 3D graphics processor to display the image at the moment it is rendered for more fluid and better detailed gameplay, and for reducing or eliminating lag, stutter, and frame tearing.

    The new specification will be available to all HDMI 2.0 Adopters and they will be notified when it is released early in Q2 2017.

    The HDMI Forum Reaches Out to Grow Global Membership

    The HDMI Forum is an open trade association that guides the future direction of HDMI technology and develops new versions of the HDMI Specification. The HDMI Forum currently has a membership of 83 companies, and is actively inviting more companies to apply for membership and help shape the future of HDMI technology. There is also a focus to encourage more companies to participate as the global presence of HDMI-enabled products and solutions continues to grow.

    “It is strategically important to take an active role in the development and innovation of technology which is central to global consumer entertainment and impacts the overall user experience. It is very important for our customers to enjoy video services on their PC’s, mobile, and consumer electronics devices,” said Joseph Frank technical manager of video devices at Comcast Cable. “That’s why Comcast Cable joined, and I strongly encourage others to contact the HDMI Forum to find out about membership details.”

    FOR MORE INFORMATION on the HDMI 2.1 Specification or becoming an HDMI Forum member visit the HDMI Licensing Administrator, Inc. booth at CES 2017, LVCC South Hall 1 booth 20930.

    About the HDMI Forum, Inc.

    HDMI Forum, Inc., a non-profit, mutual benefit corporation, is comprised of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics, personal computers, mobile devices, cables and components. An open trade association, The HDMI Forum’s mission is to foster broader industry participation in the development of future versions of the HDMI Specification and to further expand the ecosystem of interoperable, HDMI-enabled products. For more information please visit www.hdmiforum.org.

    About HDMI Licensing Administrator, Inc.

    HDMI Licensing Administrator, Inc. (HDMI LA) is the agent appointed by the HDMI Forum to license Version 2.x of the HDMI Specification and is the agent appointed by the HDMI Founders to license all earlier HDMI Specifications. HDMI LA provides marketing, promotional, licensing and administrative services; as well as education on the benefits of the HDMI Specification to adopters, retailers, and consumers. For more information please visit www.hdmi.org.


    Source: HDMI :: Press Release
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  2.    07 Jan 2017 #1

    Hi there

    Unfortunately some of these advvances come at a price -- not necessarily money costs.

    This new HDMI standard has so much encryption / DRM that you will only be able to play content on a specific device -- this is IMO a backward step - particularly for people on the move,

    Streaming isn't always the best solution either -- loads of times you want the convenience of being able to download content to play later -- or you might not want to or have the time to watch the entire program in one session when it's being streamed.

    I've enough problems with current 4K content -- that's almost impossible to download to play on other devices already.

    I LIKE new technology - but not at the expensive of convenience and portability.

    I'm also a bit sceptical in what size TV you would actually need in a home to really distinguish between 4K and 8K content -- with the building of ever smaller units of accommodation these days I really can't see a 120 inch TV or bigger being able to squeeze into a typical N.Y or L.A apartment. !!!!

    Cheers
    jimbo
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       08 Jan 2017 #2

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    This new HDMI standard has so much encryption / DRM that you will only be able to play content on a specific device -- this is IMO a backward step - particularly for people on the move,
    That was always the intended purpose of HDMI.

    Any end user benefits are unintentional and completely coincidental.
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  4.    10 Jan 2017 #3

    lehnerus2000 said: View Post
    Any end user benefits are unintentional and completely coincidental.
    Couldn't have said it better
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