stevedog1 wrote:Where did you hear this? Please show proof of any TV that actually supports that...lol
HDMI is simply a mode of transferring the picture and sound to another device.
You cannot control a device through HDMI.
stevedog1 wrote:How does that in any way allow you to control the device being connected by HDMI? IT DOESN'T.
Actually you can, and it does...
There are devices that use the HDMI cable to communicate between devices. I recently installed a Samsung TV and DVD player and was setting it up with at harmony. I ran into the problem of the TV and DVD player being 'too smart' and the TV sent the signal to the DVD to turn it on, then the harmony would do the same and turn it off. I had to go to the options of the Samsung and turn off the 'Anynet' feature. Samsung calls it anynet+, but other companies may come up with their own term for the HDMI CEC feature based on the av.link protocol standard such as:
Trade names for CEC are Anynet+ (Samsung); Aquos Link (Sharp); BRAVIA Sync (Sony); HDMI-CEC (Hitachi); E-link (AOC); Kuro Link (Pioneer); CE-Link and Regza Link (Toshiba); RIHD (Remote Interactive over HDMI) (Onkyo); SimpLink (LG); HDAVI Control, EZ-Sync, VIERA Link (Panasonic); EasyLink (Philips); and NetCommand for HDMI (Mitsubishi).
In theory, this is a great idea and if everyone jumped onto the CEC standards and make sure they comply 100% to other manufacturer devices it would make things a lot easier for consumers. If they turn on the Blu-Ray player, for instance, the TV automatically senses that and changes its input setting to the Blu-Ray, and switches the soundbar to the proper audio input, turns off the ps3, etc. It would put a dent in the market for these types of remote controls for sure.