What Is HDMI? The Basic Things You Need To Know About It

Did you ever wonder how to take the cinema home? We know that this is a funny question, because you will never be able to take the entire movie house home with you. But what if you could, would you? What if you can take home the high-definition quality of cinema to your television screen? That would make “getting stuck at home” a little bit better, right? Well, we are telling you today, that there really is a way, and this is with the help of the HDMI cable. What is HDMI you ask? Read on to find out, because we are going to tell you all the basic stuff you need to know about it.

What is it?

Yes, when this cable was released, there were truly a lot of people who kept asking “what is HDMI?”. And there is no wonder in that because it is the first of its kind. Say goodbye to your AV connectors. There is no more need in matching yellow with yellow, red to red, and white to white, because all of your AV needs are already contained in just one connector with the extra bonus of giving it the cinema-quality of being high definition.

How did it start?

Did you know that there were a lot of great minds that converged in order to create this cable? They are the leaders in this industry namely; Phillips, Hitachi, Sony, Toshiba, Thomson, RCA, Hitachi, and the Matsuhita Electric Industrial who is the name behind Panasonic, National, and Quasar. Not only that, they were also supported by the big names in the film industry: Warner Bros., Disney, Fox, and Universal. This is also the reason why their cable channel counterparts were the ones to produce HD versions of their regular channels.

Why should I use it?

Types of HDMI

HDMI 1.3

HDMI 1.4

Finally, for the last part of the article, let us answer the most important question there is: why do you need to know all about this stuff, and why should you use it anyway? If the “high-definition” part was not enough to convince you, then let us provide you more reasons why you should consider using this instead of your old trusty AV cable.

First, it allows an all-digital signal transfer. If you already own an HDTV, then it already allows an all-digital transfer. The difference of this compared to other transfers is that previously, the original digital format from which the information comes from (like the signal of your cable TV) has to be converted into analog, and vice versa. With an HDMI cable, the need to change formats will be eliminated, making it an all-digital transfer. This results to faster and clearer transmissions.

Second, it could serve as a universal cable because almost all digital devices have HDMI ports already. Televisions, projectors, gaming consoles, personal computers, even other portable digital devices allow an HDMI connection. Thus, with this cable around, you wouldn’t have to bring other cables along anymore, because this is the only one you’ll ever need.

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