High Definition Video and Audio has lead to new heights in immersive entertainment experiences. With increased pixel density and better surround sound options, the home theater experience has become a reality. Of course these improvements in entertainment quality required a better streamlined connectivity option which is provided by the High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI).
HDMI has been adopted as the preeminent interface for providing the most complete and immersive entertainment experience. As the idea of what that immersive experience should be changed, the HDMI standard has been revised to address these improvements. Early HDMI simply addressed the provision of quality video and audio signals to a compliant display. Newer revisions, however, include the ability for the display to provide information back to the source and create the more complete experience.
Now it is possible for the display to share the source device's internet connection through the same HDMI cable. It is also possible for the remote control to control multiple devices in remote locations through the Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) feature. Equally important are other features such as the Audio Return Channel (ARC) which allows the display to send audio back to an audio receiver and speaker system. Perhaps the greatest improvement of all is the ability to include 3D video at resolutions as high as 4Kx2K. All of this means that the home entertainment center is able to rival the experiences of many professional cinemas.
Home entertainment is not the only area of the market that has benefited from these improvements. Hospitals, advertisers, hotels, and bars are all taking advantage of these new features. It becomes easy to imagine situations where these institutions may need more than one display that has each of these features showing the same content. This is where devices such as an HDMI Splitter have been adapted to meet a very specific need. Whether it is a bank of televisions in a bar, or spread out across the lobby of a hotel to provide information to guests, the applications are nearly limitless.
Cat5 HDMI Splitter Extender products can also be used to provide information to health care professionals and their patients in locations safely removed from harmful environments or sensitive devices. These are typically used for long distance HDMI signal transmission over Cat5e / Cat6 UTP or STP cables. They maintain perfect image quality and support video resolutions up to 1080p. The biggest advantage of using these HDMI Splitters is that they eliminate the need to run long HDMI cables.