HDMI Ethernet Channel

HDMI Ethernet Channel technology consolidates video, audio, and data streams into a single HDMI cable, combining the unmatched signal quality and convenience of HDMI connectivity with the power and flexibility of home entertainment networking. It incorporates a dedicated data channel into the HDMI link, enabling high-speed, bi-directional networking at up to 100 Mb/sec.

With networking capabilities now available in a wide range of IP-enabled home entertainment devices, from TVs and gaming consoles to DVRs and more, adding an Ethernet channel is a big step forward in the evolution of the HDMI standard. Consumers can enjoy all the benefits of Ethernet connectivity via HDMI, and further simplify their systems by eliminating the need for separate Ethernet cables.

  • Accommodates current and future IP-based networking solutions for consumer electronics, including DLNA, IPTV, LiquidHD, and UPnP.
  • Allows multiple connected devices to share an Internet connection.
  • Enables native-format content distribution between connected devices, including recording and playback across a networked system.
  • Provides a true one-cable solution for all your home entertainment needs, offering HDMI’s world-class quality and reliability plus all the benefits of home entertainment networking in one powerful connection.

How to Ensure HDMI Ethernet Channel functionality in your Home Theater System

  • Look for devices that include HDMI Ethernet Channel functionality.
  • Be sure to connect devices with one of the new cables designed to support HDMI Ethernet Channel functionality, either the Standard HDMI Cable with Ethernet or the High Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet. (more)
  • Connect your devices through HDMI Ethernet Channel-enabled HDMI ports. HDMI Licensing has strongly recommended that Adopters label all HDMI Ethernet Channel-enabled HDMI ports with the letters "HEC" for easy identification, but does not require manufacturers to do so. Please check with your manufacturer to determine which HDMI ports (if any) will support HDMI Ethernet Channel functionality.

Key Benefits

  • Consolidation of HD video, audio, and data in a single cable
  • Enables high speed bi-directional communication
  • Enables IP-based applications over HDMI
  • Transfer speeds up to 100 Mb/sec