Version 2.0 of HDMI was formally announced by HDMI Licensing on Wednesday, ready to carry us further into the new era of “Ultra HD” TVs. The new spec can carry 60 FPS video at resolutions up to 3840×2160 resolution, with a bandwidth capacity of up to 18Gbps.
See what is happening here is each sector of the industry ends up pushing others faster. The new Ultra HD spec is a much higher resolution, which means a clearer picture. The downside is it require a ton more data. This data either has to come on a Blueray disk (DVD isn’t big enough) or else via streaming.
Here’s a video explaining Ultra HD.
All this will require the Internet infrastructure to be upgraded. The first upgrade is the new HDMI spec. After that will be new Internet routers, better broadband and better Wifi. Schools will eventually need to do the upgrades too but I think this update is far enough off that the usual cycle of upgrades of school infrastructure will take care of it.
What’s interesting to me is this jump from HD to UHD isn’t a dramatic of a jump from regular TV to HD. I wonder how many people will jump on the new bandwagon? We will see. Technology marches on.