LG, Samsung, Sony and Valens Launch HDBaseT Alliance

Posted Thu Dec 17, 2009 at 08:00 AM PST by Mike Attebery

And just what is the HDBaseT Alliance? Essentially, it’s a body for promoting and standardizing a way of getting uncompressed HD throughout your house.

A networked home is a happy home. Music and movies in a networked home can stream wherever they want, without limitation. Bitrate often suffers, but it’s worth giving up for the added freedom. According to the HDBaseT Alliance, your bitrate will suffer no more.

HDBaseT eliminates the need for a huge variety of wires and lets audio and video signals be carried through a single CAT5e cable. Multiroom distribution of uncompressed HD video over existing network cables sounds too good to be true, but the next bit is where things get a little crazy.

“HDBaseT enables simultaneous multi-room distribution of uncompressed HD Multimedia,” explains LG research fellow ByungJin Kim, “as well as data, control and power over a single CAT5e cable.”

Compatible hardware will of course be required, but the idea of using a single cord for all these purposes is pretty impressive, especially if your home is already wired for it. The HDBaseT Alliance will be at CES in January, and you can bet we’ll have some questions.

Source: HDBaseT Alliance

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