4K HDCP 2.2 matrices big at ISE 2016 – just don’t mention HDR

posted on Friday, 12th February 2016 by Steve May

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At this week’s ISE there was no shortage of new 4K capable HDBaseT matrices with HDCP 2.2 support on display. But the big talking point had already moved on from Ultra HD copy protection compliance to High Dynamic Range support. HDR was the big story at this year’s CES, with all major TV suppliers announcing HDR compatible screens, and the Ultra HD Alliance rubber-stamping certification for HDR compatible displays. And integrators were also asking about full 4:4:4 colour space support.

So will the latest HDBaseT matrices deliver HDR and 2160/60 4:4:4 across a 4K distribution network? Well, the jury is still out, says CYP MD Kevin Cray.

"HDR is still a bit of a moving target due to no sources available for full compatibility testing,” he told Inside CI. “That said, within our new range of matrices all the HDMI I/O is full 6G(18G) compatible and our EDID simulating HDR HDMI tests have all been positive, so we are confident that the HDMI I/Os within this matrix will support HDR."

At ISE 2016 Wyrestorm unveiled its H2 Matrix line, a Class A HDBaseT 4K featuring HDCP 2.2 and supporting HDMI 2.0. Currently, the models claim compatibility with 4:2:0, however spokesman Christian Thomas told Inside CI  “the HDBT H2 models are a possibly for 2160/60 4:4:4, pending further testing.” However they will not support HDR, he cautioned.

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Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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Posted by Chris Pinder on 15th February 2016, 12:02 PM
Full bandwidth HDMI 2.0 + HDR (600MHz/18G) will be possible over a single Cat6 at some point. Whether that is HDBT or not? Well we will have to wait and see! Luckily for installers I know of multiple chipset manufacturers who have single Cat6 solutions forthcoming. Valens HDBT current monopoly will be disrupted for sure. There is already HDMI over IP, which does support HDR content over a single Cat cable infrastructure. If you are wary of high efficiency compression-based solutions then you can currently use native HDMI matrices + long range fibre solutions to achieve a full bandwidth HDMI 2.0 + HDR distribution as a dead cert. My comment relating to copper however would be, don't worry too much, there will be a solution within a matter of months. But it is true to say that the current crop of HDBT singlewire matrices (from any brand) will not support 4K HDR content.

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