The HDBaseT Alliance, a consortium of companies developing and supporting a connectivity technology that is viewed by many as an alternative to HDMI, announced at CES 2013 that it continues to build its membership. Consumer A/V brands Onkyo and Pioneer have both joined the group and are expected to add the technology in their products in the near future.
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In two separate announcements, the HDBaseT Alliance said it was “working to establish HDBaseT technology as the standard for HD digital connectivity.” By bringing more consumer brands into the fold, the organization is getting closer to achieving that goal.
HDBaseT was founded in 2010 by LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Valens Semiconductor. HDBaseT technology allows uncompressed digital video, audio, power, Internet and various control signals to be carried on a single CAT5e/6 cable.
Growing in size and influence…
The organization has steadily grown over the last two years or so as more companies have joined the organization and the number of HDBaseT products in the field have begun to grow. Because HDBaseT is able to run over longer distances than a standard HDMI cable, many in the custom integration industry have taken notice.
We have been told by insiders at member companies that HDBaseT is working on some very clever solutions that will further reduce the complexity of installations. At least one major brand, we have been told, is testing a consumer product with a version of the HDBaseT technology built-in that can do some very interesting things. We will report more as we are able to confirm.
“HDBaseT represents the next significant step in the evolution of the home theater system. Integrating the technology into our products will make setup and control of even the most complex home theater systems faster and easier,” said Chris Walker, director of AV product planning and marketing for the Home Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “Pioneer always strives to offer outstanding connectivity, state of the art engineering, and exceptional audio and video reproduction across all of its products. Incorporating HDBaseT is another way to ensure that our customers make the most of their home theater experience.”
“HDBaseT has been embraced by professional AV installers worldwide, which is creating demand from consumers for broader availability,” said Micha Risling, marketing chair for the HDBaseT Alliance in a prepared statement. “Having Pioneer join the HDBaseT Alliance will help us meet that growing demand in 2013.
You can see the HDBaseT Alliance at CES 2013 in the Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall 2, MP25168.
For more details on HDBaseT, see: www.hdbaset.org.