AV OVER IP: IS THIS THE SLOW DEATH OF HDMI?
There are unconfirmed rumours of an alliance brewing between Crestron and Microso and Intel, with the goal of developing a platform for networking of 4K video. Aiming to displace both HDMI and HDBaseT cabling, the focus on compression to a 1GB/s stream would bring the AV-over-IP standard within the realms of next-generation home networking, whereas the higher-spec 10GB/s systems are more designed for professional AV installations — although supporters of 10-gig technology point to the inevitable Moore’s Law growth of speed and capacity in all networking, so that 1-gig systems (current examples use JPEG2000 or H.264 encryption) may quickly be seen as a needless stop-gap and a potential gag on quality through excessive compression.
Although many will be delighted at anything that could signal a move beyond the restrictions of HDMI, the focus on signal security will inevitably remain, and for home systems in particularly we can be near-certain of the imposition of an end-to-end check on security using HDCP-style copy protection.
As noted above, Crestron is not yet o§icially confirming the existence of the new alliance.