4K video on connected TVs to get a boost with the new HDMI Specs

4K Videos

4K VideosBoth cable operators and over-the-top video rivals may be able to deliver 4K, or Ultra HD programming, to TVs following the release of a new version of the HDMI specification on Wednesday.

The HDMI 2.0 spec can handle delivery of video at 18 Gbps, the HDMI Forum announced at the IFA convention in Berlin. It can also support 32 audio channels.

In June, Comcastran a demonstration at The Cable Show that showed how it could deliver 4K programming from PCs at cable headend facilities by using Arris  cable modems and a High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) solution from Elemental Technologies.

The HDMI Forum said it signed HDMI Licensing, LLC as the agent to license the new spec.

“The introduction of the HDMI 2.0 Specification represents a major milestone for the HDMI Forum,” Sony Corp. executive and HDMI Forum President Robert Blanchard said in a prepared statement. “Our members collaborated closely to take the highly successful HDMI Specification to the next level by expanding audio and video features for consumer electronics applications,” he added.

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