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CEA Puts Kibosh on 1080p Over Component

A spec for 1080p over component almost made it into CEA-770.3, which specifies HD over analog up to 1080i. But the spec didn't make the final cut.

Just when integrators were starting to get excited about a possible accommodation of analog 1080p by the Consumer Electronics Association, the effort was squelched.

We recently ran an article by Bill Paul about CEA's outdated specification CEA-770.3-rev C., which defines HD analog component video for 720p and 1080i, but not 1080p.

In its five-year review process, CEA contemplated adding a spec for 1080p over component. Bill wrote:

As of this writing, a proposal to add 1080p at 24, 30, and 60 Hz has been submitted, technical analysis of cable and connectors has been completed, and market demand has been identified. Next comes the comment and review periods, committee approval, and if all of that goes smoothly, publishing of CEA-770.3 rev D.

Well, as of this writing, the initiative is dead.

Bill notes that, even in the absence of a standard, 1080p component video is still possible in many CE devices, including displays from Samsung and Syntax/Brillian.

In a posting at AVS Forum, Bill reports:

Well, bad news everyone. 1080p analog was rejected by the CEA working group. I can't name names, but representatives from television and movie content owners were all against, the few other hardware (displays) manufacturers in the call where silent, and I was alone in support. I did take almost all of you comments, plus some comments from another forum and compiled it into a 2 page document, which I sent to all members the evening before. Your voices were heard, but apparently was not a factor in their opinions.

I'm not going to criticize the CEA on this as their process is democratic, but my experience in this particular working group showed me pretty clearly where the loyalties lay in this industry.

The good news is that this was Plan A, but there is also a Plan B. There are still influential people that believe in this and other similar causes. So stay tuned.

In that same posting, a forum poll indicates (at this moment), that 77% of respondents say they want analog 1080p.

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Julie Jacobson, Co-Founder, EH Publishing / Editor-at-large, CE Pro
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson. [More by Julie Jacobson]

3 Comments (displayed in order by date/time)

Posted by ControlCode  on  08/16  at  01:13 PM

Well once again the pencil pushers screwed this up. For all of us who have to deal in the real world and all the trouble we’ve experienced with HDMI for attempting to get 1080p these people are idiots. So now politics has even reached into this silly debate. Agenda driven motive’s make me ill. I’d like to see everybody else who has dealt with all these compatibility issues speak up. I’d be shocked if any of the CEA people in this forum are one’s that are in the field dealing with this mess. Just another example of how the Consumer Electronics Association can’t get out of its own way. No problem people, just keep waiting for the IT industry to trample us all and not deal with these silly issues….. Speak up people.

Posted by JohnS  on  08/18  at  10:34 AM

I thought this was the CONSUMER Electronics Association not the MANUFACTURER Electronics Association.

Posted by Doc Greene  on  08/21  at  04:57 PM

This a a real disapointment to us all. I have for years wired my houses for multi room HD with good component video cables.  The good news is that theoretically, using proper technology we can make HDMI work up 150 feet over cat 5 and 300 feet over cat 6. Most of the HDMI problems we have experienced are a result of low voltage on the detection circuit.  So by using a powered hub we can eliminate most problems.

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