Food for Thought: Those Expensive HDMI Cables

HDMI is a digital signal format, developed primarily as a platform for the implementation of HDCP (High Definition Content Protection) to prevent consumers from having complete access to the contents of high-definition digital recordings. As one might expect from a standard that was developed to serve the content provider industries, rather than the best interests of the consumer, HDMI is something of a mess…

…the HDMI cable is an unnecessarily-complicated rat’s-nest arrangement involving nineteen conductors; switches, repeaters and distribution amplifiers, by virtue of this complicated scheme, are made unnecessarily expensive; and the HDMI plug is prone to falling out of the jack with little more than a light tug. As more and more manufacturers move to implement HDMI on more home theater devices, however, it falls to the consumer to try to make the best of this dubious and poorly-thought-out standard….

From Blue Jeans Cable




    I use one for my MythTV box. It works just fine. I think you actually find them for a little cheaper….

    Yep, you can —


  2. Trey says:

    U know… an hdmi cable came with my xbox 360. Did one come with your PS3?


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