CES 2019: HDMI 2.1 TV connections finally arrive, cables will follow

CNET | 1/12/2019 | Geoffrey Morrison
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CES 2019 marked the first time most of the world's biggest TV makers introduced 8K TVs. And it's good news that most will include the next-gen connection that will actually allow 8K TV shows, movies and games to get to those TVs.

LG, Sony, and Samsung all confirmed that their new 8K TVs will have HDMI 2.1 connections capable of the full 48-gigabit-per-second transfer speed necessary for the highest-bandwidth forms of 8K. LG added that its high-end 4K TVs will also support the standard, and Samsung's 4K sets currently offer some HDMI 2.1 features.

Cables - Signals - Sources - Moment - First

You'll eventually need new cables for those high-bandwidth 8K signals, when there are sources, which there currently aren't -- but we'll discuss that in a moment. First, here's a rundown of everything new we found out about HDMI 2.1 connection in 2019 and beyond, after talking with TV manufactures, an HDMI cable manufacturer and HDMI Licensing themselves at CES 2019.

Samsung just (finally) confirmed that its 2019 8K TVs indeed have the 48Gbps input capability, along with 8K/60 and 4K/120, called for by HDMI 2.1.

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What is HDMI 2.1 anyway?

HDMI 2.1 expands on the current HDMI 2.0 connection standard, a collection of features and capabilities that allows source devices (game consoles, streamers, Blu-ray players, etc.) to send audio and video to TVs.

People - TVs - HDMI - Deal - HDMI

For most people with current and even near-future 4K TVs, HDMI 2.1 isn't a big deal, and HDMI 2.0 is plenty. It will handle 4K resolution at frame rates up to 60 per second, and even some varieties of 8K (24 and 30 fps). It also doesn't require new HDMI cables.

A 4K TV like LG's rollable OLED can use HDMI 2.1 features like ALLM and VRR.

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But for the ultimate in futureproofing -- or for people who buy an 8K TV -- the full version of HDMI 2.1 is...
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