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In this HDTV FAQ article we examine a common question about high definition television – What is HDMI? In addition, we discuss how much to spend on an HDMI cable and the HDMI v1.3 standard.
The High-Definition Multi-media Interface (HDMI) is an industry-supported, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface with 5 Gbps of available bandwidth. Simply speaking, HDMI is a digital cable connection used to transmit video and audio signals from your cable set top box, DVD player or satellite receiver to your high definition television.
HDMI has the capacity to support existing enhanced and high-definition video formats including 480p, 720p, 1080i, and even 1080p as well as standard definition formats such as NTSC or PAL.