HDMI or High Definition Multimedia Interface is a compact interface used for the transmission of digital data. It provides a high quality video and audio output. It can be used as a link between the TV and other devices like a PlayStation 3, cable box and Blu-ray player.
The founders of HDMI include Hitachi, Panasonic, Philips and Toshiba. The first version of this cable was launched in the year 2003.The cables used today are a much more advanced version as compared to the ones back then. They were used instead of A/V cables as a substitute for analog transmission.
The latest version of HDMI (HDMI 1.4) was introduced in 2009. It is used in digital cinemas and provides a very high resolution. A more advanced version (HDMI 1.4a) was introduced in 2010 which is compatible for motion gaming and movie content.
Why use HDMI cables?
With these cables, you can transmit multiple signals through a single cable. This saves the need for multiple cables. Moreover, it facilitates better transmission of video and audio. Nowadays, digital cameras and camcorders are also equipped with a mini HDMI connector. HDMI can be used with older televisions that only use analog ports using a scalar.
Pick the right cable
Make sure you pick the right HDMI cable. Ensure that it is compatible with your HD TV set. Receivers facilitate connection of these cables with the television set. These cables can also be used in home entertainment systems that are not HDMI enabled.