HDMI 2.0 specification is official with 4K video support

The HDMI Forum has confirmed the official HDMI 2.0 specification, bringing 4K video support to present HDMI cables and connections.

The newest HDMI specification brings a vital building up in bandwidth, now supporting up to 18Gbps, and support for new options, most significantly 4K video at 50/60 frames in line with second.

The HDMI Forum has also confirmed that "version 2.0 of the HDMI Specification does not define new cables or connectors. Current High Speed cables (category 2 cables) are capable of carrying the increased bandwidth".

However, this still signifies that existing 4K TVs, which have HDMI 1.4 inputs, will be unable to obtain 4K video.

We have previously been told by Sony, for example, that the corporate is looking for a workaround to support folks with current units that do not have HDMI 2.0.

(Pictured: Sony KD-65X9005A)

Paul Gyles, head of home leisure at Sony, mentioned again in July: "Sony 4K sets are future-proofed. Customers are our number one priority and Sony will provide all the necessary solutions to the 4K TV owner to access future 4K content services once they start in respective TV markets." Fingers crossed.

Also new on HDMI 2.0 are new extensions to CEC for HDMI keep an eye on features, support for 21:9 video side ratio and simultaneous supply of dual video streams to multiple customers on the identical screen. You too can ship multiple streams of audio to up to Four users.

Elsewhere on audio support is dynamic auto lip-sync, support for 32 audio channels – Dolby Atmos to your TV, somebody? – and support for as much as 1536kHz audio pattern frequency.

More main points are expected to return out of IFA 2013, and we have now now observed the primary HDMI 2.0 4K TV, the Panasonic TX-L65WT600.

Robert Blanchard of Sony Corporation, president of the HDMI Forum, stated: "The introduction of the HDMI 2.0 Specification represents a major milestone for the HDMI Forum.”

"Our members collaborated intently to take the extremely successful HDMI Specification to the next degree via increasing audio and video features for shopper electronics packages."

Read all our 4K TV reviews

by means of Joe Cox

Follow whathifi.com on Twitter

Join us on Facebook

You May Like Also

  • What Hi-Fi Magazine Subscription
  • previously been told by Sony
  • Follow whathifi.com on Twitter
  • I went to my first hi-fi show and now I'm a believer
  • Sonos Ray vs Sonos Beam Gen 2: which will be the better budget soundbar?
  • McIntosh unveils flagship CD player/DAC with valve and discrete amplifiers
  • KEF celebrates 60 years with super-slim LS60 Wireless floorstanding system
  • What Hi-Fi Magazine Subscription