Could your HDMI cable soon be obsolete?

The HDBaseT cable combines audio and video signals, USB, network and even power into one single cable and is set to replace HDMI when it starts hitting shop shelves later this year.

The cable was designed by the HDBaseT alliance which represents a culmination of efforts from Sony, Samsung, LG and Valens. By combining all of the normal connections found in the home the companies hope to make the new industry standard. Most current generation displays will probably be incompatable due to their lack of an ethernet port which supports the cable. The HDBaseT alliance insists that new cables won’t need to be purchased due to the technology working with current network wiring, ethernet cables and an RJ-45 connector.

In an interview with ThinQ.co.uk a spokesman for the HDBaseT alliance explained that the cable allows “a network of sources – such as digital video recorders (DVR), Blu-ray disc players, game consoles, PCs and mobile devices – to be connected directly to displays in multiple locations”.

Current HDMI 1.4 cables allow sterescopic 3D signals to be sent to a TV as well as normal and high definition content. The HDBaseT is capable of doing the same but also adds the ability to use a 100Mb/sec ethernet connection and up to 100W of charging power.

The chairman of the HDBaseT Alliance, Ariel Sobelman hopes the cable will take over as the next generation TV standard.

“HDBaseT technology is poised to become the unrivaled next-generation home networking transport”


Sharp 3D spex downconvert to 2D

Aside from sitting around inventing names for new technologies – Quattron, Aquos, Quincy ME (probably) – Sharp boffins have devised something for their 3D TV technology that’s unique as far as Pocket-lint is concerned.

The new tech is actually in the glasses themselves, which match the manufacturer’s new Aquos Quattron 60-inch 3D TV, and allows them to downconvert 3D pictures back to 2D. Brilliant.

Before you go “eh?”, the explanation Sharp gave us makes complete sense: If you’re sat in a room with the whole family, and they’ve put on a 3D Blu-ray copy of, say, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, but you either a) are suffering with a headache, or b) are one of the 10 per cent of the population with a sight problem that renders 3D unwatchable, you can still watch the same movie, but with the 3D downconverted to 2D. Same film, different experience.

The only other alternatives are to leave the room or watch a screen (without glasses) that looks fuzzy and disjointed.

The mode can be switched off and on with the press of a button, so should you experience eye strain, or other symptoms that can appear during poorly rendered 3D content, you can just flick onto 2D until the problems subside.


Blu-ray BDXL finally out


The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) today announced the finalization and release of the specifications for BDXL™, the new multi-layer recordable Blu-ray Disc™ format with up to 128GB of capacity. With the completion and approval of the specification, manufacturers can now obtain licensing information and license applications needed to begin production of the high capacity write-once and rewritable discs and hardware.

Targeted primarily at commercial segments such as broadcasting, medical and document imaging enterprises with significant archiving needs, BDXL™ provides customers with triple layer 100GB RE (rewritable) and R (write-once) discs and quadruple layer 128GB R discs. Possible consumer applications include capture and playback of HD broadcast and satellite programming in markets where set-top recorders are prevalent.

“The BDA worked diligently to create an extension of the Blu-ray Disc™ format that leverages the physical structure of the design of the disc to create even more storage capacity,” said Victor Matsuda, Blu-ray Disc Association Global Promotions Committee chair. “By using the existing Blu-ray™ technologies, we have created a long-term and stable solution for archiving large amounts of sensitive data, video and graphic images. We expect further growth of the Blu-ray Disc™ market as the introduction of 100GB/128GB discs will expand the application of Blu-ray Disc™ technologies.”

The BDXL™ specification was developed with specific market segments in mind, and newly-designed hardware addressing such markets will play back or record BDXL™ media. However, because the new media specifications are extensions of current Blu-ray Disc technologies, future BDXL™ capable recorders can easily be designed to play back existing 25GB and 50GB Blu-ray Disc™ formats.


Enjoy Full HD Through the Gefen USB to DVI HD Adapter

This adapter right here is built especially for those people who often use their laptops for way too many purposes, including entertainment. Whenever you want to watch a movie through the HDTV, from your HD-supporting laptop/netbook, difficulties may appear because your portable system did not come with a HDMI out. And here is where this USB to DVI HD adapter from Gefen steps in. Because it uses an USB port, it will be able to connect to all netbooks, a desktop computer, or any other gadgets that are able of supporting high-definition resolution.

The Gefen USB to DVI HD adapter allows for high definition video to be passed on to the large TV in the entertainment room easily, without any fuss or quality loss. You no longer have to sacrifice video quality because all you had was a VGA out at your disposal.

The Full HD 1080p resolution is supported by this very practical adapter, which means that you can forget about the frustrating times when you considered your notebook a piece of junk and wished you could exchange it soon. With the right adapter you can make any device do your bidding, no matter how old or affordable it was in the first place. From a PC for example, this new Gefen gimmick will support the 1,920 x 1,200 resolution without any difficulties.

Gefen’s USB to DVI HD adapter doesn’t even need a separate power supply, as the USB port is sufficient for it to draw the power needed in order to offer you a very good your home entertainment experience.

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Motoroi getting Android – Motorola


There’s no word yet on when the Motorola Motoroi will make it to T-Mobile (in the industry we call that “the T-Motoroiola rumor”) but there has definitely been a good deal of chatter concerning this handset. The latest has Pocket-lint confirming a UK release with Moto itself. Offering similarities to Taipei’s HSPA-lovin’ XT701, users in Ol’ Blighty (and the rest of the UK) can look forward to an 8-megapixel camera (with a Xenon flash), support for 720p video, mini HDMI, and an unspecified processor boost. In addition, Android 2.1 is likely to be part of the deal. We have neither a timeline nor a price, and the veracity of this rumor is yet to be established (although it does seem like a no-brainer), but if this all goes down as Pocket-lint says it will you can color us Yanks mighty jealous.


Apples 4g is out with hdmi?????????

It seems that somebody found another iphone 4G.The founded Iphone 4G it seems to be a better version of Iphone 4G.The railway policy of confidentiality of the company Steve Jobs was once again called into question, since a Vietnamese web video shows a prototype of a new Apple iPhone 4G. Why not connect the ipad with a 2m hdmi cable.

As reported by El Pais an executive purchased this device for $ 4,000 (about 3,000 euros at the exchange) in a recent visit to the United States.

The prototype is different than a few weeks ago showed Gizmodo. It houses the Apple 4G 1GHz processor using the IPAD and does not include screws that were at the bottom of the model that was lost in California.

“Apple will claim the return of that other device? Will I wear a nice shirt Steve Wozniak, one of the founders of Apple?

While clarifying the authenticity of the iPhone 4G we leave you with the video in which the executive Vietnamese shows the alleged prototype bought:


Xbox 360 brings 3d gaming with LG 3Dtv


The image above is unmistakeable: 3D gaming on an Xbox 360 with the help of an LG 3D television. From the looks of the Korean press release, LG and Microsoft have entered into a memorandum of understanding to jointly market LG’s new 3D telvisions along side 3D-capable Xbox 360 games in South Korea, then later expand the partnership throughout the Asia Pacific region. If we’re reading this correctly then it appears set to begin by bundling Xbox 360 3D games with LG 55/47LX9500 LED televisions sometime at the end of June. In other words, we’re not seeing anything specific claiming new Xbox 360 hardware, just like we’ve seen on the PS3.


Commercial HDMI Cable Installs Issue

HDMI is quickly making headway into commercial A/V with the proliferation of HDMI interfaces on displays and source devices including laptops, Blu-ray disc players, and digital satellite and DVRs.

End users of commercial A/V systems, well aware of HDMI in home A/V, are asking integrators to implement HDMI in commerical A/V installations. As a result, the industry is quickly transitioning toward digital video and adopting HDMI as well as DVI, DisplayPort, and SDI.

Integrators working with HDMI in commercial A/V face essentially the same challenges as residential custom installers – maintaining signal integrity, ensuring compatibility between devices, and working with HDCP.

However, there are special considerations for addressing these challenges in professional A/V integration, due to the much larger scope and complexity of commercial systems compared to a home system. Here, we tackle three major issues.

Signal Integrity

In a commercial A/V environment, audio and video signals typically have to travel much longer distances than in a residence. Cables usually have to be installed in tight, limited spaces, and integrators want to be able to terminate them easily. Transmission requirements can range from as little as 25 to 50 feet, to several hundred feet, and even up to several miles when sending A/V signals between corporate or university campuses. Standard HDMI cables may be sufficient in applications with relatively short distance requirements, but will not be adequate for longer distances, for which other mediums including twisted pair and fiber optic cable should be considered.

To help ensure signal integrity in short-range applications, select high quality 2 metres HDMI cables rated by the manufacturer for the distance required. When using long HDMI cables to cover distances significantly beyond 50 feet, a cable equalizer may be necessary, especially at high resolutions including 1920×1080.

A cable equalizer attaches to the end of a long cable run and restores HDMI signals by compensating for cable losses. To provide for advanced HDMI features and capabilities such as deep color and 3D, high-speed 2 metres Mackuna HDMI cable  should be selected if there is a potential for future system expansion or upgrades.

For distance requirements exceeding around 100 feet, an alternative to standard HDMI cables  is a transmitter and receiver set that sends signals over twisted pair cable. Twisted pair is a proven medium for extending digital video signals, and integrators often prefer twisted pair cable since it is inexpensive, easy to pull through conduit, and can easily be field-terminated to custom lengths. When very long transmission distances are necessary, fiber optic cable and fiber optic A/V devices are the solution. A/V signals can travel for miles over fiber with negligible loss.

Device Compatibility

HDMI and other digital video formats utilize EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) communication, originally developed for use with analog VGA ports. EDID communication is a two-way data exchange that allows a display to convey its operational characteristics, such as its native resolution and refresh rate, to the source device, which then generates the necessary video characteristics to match the needs of the display.

This automates and optimizes compatibility between the source and display, without requiring the user to configure them manually. In pro A/V applications where computers are the most common source devices, EDID communication can save significant time and effort in system setup.

EDID was intended for a single connection between one source and one display. The situation becomes considerably more complicated when a signal needs to be split or routed. Distributing a signal to multiple displays may not be a problem if they are identical, but what if they are different, at various native resolutions? An integrator may select one display to establish EDID communication with the source, and then roll the dice on the others.

With either approach, the switching or distribution device always maintains EDID communication with all connected sources, even with a signal switch or split. An HDMI matrix switcher may include more sophisticated EDID management, due to the fact that separate EDID communication is required for each input / output tie.

Content Protection

The first is that all devices in the system, from source to display, must be HDCP-compliant. That may seem obvious to a residential integrator, but commercial A/V integrators may not be fully aware that just a single, non-HDCP compliant device, such as a simple HDMI switcher, can disable Blu-ray disc playback for the entire system.

Second, commercial system designers need to be aware that HDCP rules allow for a maximum of 127 devices downstream from the source, with up to seven levels of repeaters allowed. A residential installation is not likely to approach these limits, but system designers may be concerned if they’re working on a large commercial project that calls for HDCP compliance throughout. Certain source devices including Blu-ray disc players have been known to allow for much less than 127 downstream products, often even less than 16.

Some residential and commercial A/V integrators have decided to work around the issues related to HDCP by deploying analog-based video signal routing. This is a temporary solution, since the ability to deliver to analog high definition video output may be impacted in the future by the AACS-mandated “analog sunset,” and possibly other content protection provisions that could limit or disable analog output on HDMI-equipped devices.


WD TV Live has full Windows 7 compliance


The world’s leader in external storage solutions, today announced that the WD TV Live HD media player, featuring network capability and Full-HD 1080p resolution, is the first network media player compatible with Windows 7. The WD TV Live HD media player makes it easy for anyone to play media stored on USB and network drives, any PC on the home network, as well as content from popular websites, on the biggest screen in their home — their big screen television.
Using the Windows 7 Play To feature, users can initiate and control the streaming of video, music or photos to the WD TV Live HD media player and home entertainment systems from any Windows 7-based PC on their network. Any compatible media file accessible from the PC – located either on the PC or the network – can be played to the WD TV Live by right clicking on the file name in the folder or directly from within Windows Media Player 12 and choosing the WD TV Live HD media player as the playback device.

Current users of the WD TV Live will need to update their WD TV Live HD media player to the latest firmware in order to use the Windows 7 Play To feature. Instructions for updating the WD TV Live HD media player can be found here: http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/updates/?family=wdfwdtv_live

“Microsoft is pleased that Western Digital has earned the Compatible with Windows 7 logo and is supporting the Play To feature with WD TV Live HD media player,” said Mark Relph, senior director, Windows Ecosystem Product Management at Microsoft Corp. “Now more than 100 million Windows 7 customers will have an affordable and easy way to play files to their HD TVs and other devices from their PC.”

“We regularly engage with WD TV Live enthusiasts in our online community. Many have been asking for a way to “push” media from their PCs to their TV or home theater system, especially from laptops. With the new Windows 7 Play To feature, users can select music or movies from their laptop and play it on an HD TV connected to a WD TV Live HD media player, whether the HD TV is across the living room or in a different room altogether,” said Dale Pistilli, vice president of marketing for WD’s branded products group. “WD worked closely with Microsoft on this exciting new feature to ensure the seamless compatibility of the WD TV Live HD media player with Windows 7 PCs and deliver WD TV Live users what they want.”

WD TV Live HD Media Player

Features of the Windows 7-compatible WD TV Live HD media player include:
- Full-HD 1080p video playback and navigation with the included remote control and crisp, animated navigation menus;
- Play a wide variety of file formats including support for the most popular file formats with no need to spend time transcoding;
- Play videos, music and photos from the Internet on your big screen TV and discover new music with Pandora® Internet radio or listen to thousands of radio stations via Live365 Internet radio;
- Ethernet port for wired or WiFi® connection(1) to access files anywhere on the network to play movies, music, and photos from any PC or drive on a home network;
- Turns a USB drive(2) into an HD media player and plays content from most popular USB drives, and digital cameras, camcorders, and portable media players that can be recognized as mass storage devices;
- Unlimited media collection, just add more USB drives for more space;
- Two USB ports for seamless media playback from multiple USB drives and ability to access them simultaneously while a media library feature collects the content on all the drives into one list sorted by media type;
- Transfer files by copying, moving or deleting files stored on a USB drive, a network drive, a camcorder, or a camera to the attached USB drive using the on-screen menus;
- Picture Transfer Protocol support to show photos and movies directly from digital camera or video camera and/or any digital imaging device that supports Picture Transfer Protocol;
- Advanced navigation options including thumbnail and list views, media library and search;
- Photo viewing to create custom slide shows, zoom and pan and search;
- Movie viewing with fast-forward, rewind, pause, zoom and pan, view subtitles, and search;
- Music playback with fast-forward, rewind, pause, shuffle, repeat and search;
- File copying between USB devices;
- HDMI® 1.3 port, composite video and component video output(3) for the highest quality HDTV or home theater;
- SPDIF digital output that sends digital signals to your AV receiver for the best surround sound experience; and,
- Ultra-compact design to fit easily into a home entertainment center.


3DTVs use same active shutter glasses tech – Samsung and Panasonic


At a recent London shindig to promote its3D television sets, Samsung revealed that the active shutter glasses used to view its glorious, mighty , breathtaking 3D content are based on the same technology as Panasonic’s, only they’re reversed. That is to say, using your Sammy 3D specs to view Panasonic’s 3DTVs won’t work — unless you flip them upside down. You read that right, the two companies have opted for different implementations of the same technology, resulting in the farcical outcome that glasses will be interchangeable between their sets only if you’re happy to wear them upside down. How that’s gonna help the 3D takeup effort, we don’t know, but Samsung R&D chief Simon Lee does see a light at the end of this dim, poorly focused tunnel, stating that manufacturers are likely to agree a common active shutter glasses standard “as early as next year.” You might wanna look XpanD’s way if you want universal compatibility before then, or away in disgust if you’re already tired of all the absurdity surrounding 3D.