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HDMI Organization Says Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Cables Cannot Be Sold

HDMI Organization Says Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Cables Cannot Be Sold

Posted July 8, 2011 at 10:09pm by iClarified
HDMI Licensing, LLC, the agent responsible for administration of the HDMI Specification, says Mini DisplayPort to HDMI cannot be sold and should be withdrawn from stores.

TechRadar was told that there are several reasons for this:

"The HDMI specification defines an HDMI cable as having only HDMI connectors on the ends. Anything else is not a licensed use of the specification and therefore, not allowed."

Also, "All HDMI products undergo compliance testing as defined by the Compliance Testing Specification. The CTS clearly defines necessary tests for all products defined in the HDMI Specification. Since this new cable product is undefined in the Specification, there are no tests associated with this product. It cannot be tested against the Specification."

MacRumors reports that Monoprice has already discontinued their cable; however, the Apple Store is still selling the cable.

For those who need to go from Mini DisplayPort to HDMI, an alternative would be using a Mini DisplayPort to a female HDMI dongle.

Read More [via MacRumors]

HDMI Organization Says Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Cables Cannot Be Sold
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Birdpuk - July 9, 2011 at 3:02pm
As far as my experience goes, the dongle does not support audio..
aaa - July 9, 2011 at 3:10pm
i know right that really sucks
Noman - July 9, 2011 at 4:44pm
I've got a mini display port to female HDMI dongle that then plugs into a double male HDMI and it works fine. Sound & Video.
Alberto - July 10, 2011 at 8:00am
If you want audio through the MDP-HDMI cable, you have to set it in System Preferences -> Audio -> Output
dsa - July 9, 2011 at 1:51am
their "authorization" doesnt mean anything we can create and use whatever cables we want
ChaoticMayhem65 - July 9, 2011 at 7:45am
Ok well then how did i buy my DVI to HDMI cable at Best Buy if this is true? It doesn't have HDMI on both ends and yet any electronics store typically stocks them.
Noman - July 9, 2011 at 4:45pm
It doesn't stop you buying them now (unless they get pulled from sale) because they've already been made but it does mean that the people that created them are in for a law suit. Time to lawyer up!
ChaoticMayhem65 - July 9, 2011 at 6:16pm
Well then if thats the case then best buy would have already been sued because they have their own brand (Dynex) of DVI to HDMI cables they have been selling for many years now.
Rui Fonseca
Rui Fonseca - July 9, 2011 at 1:48am
Me to...!
xntrick - July 8, 2011 at 10:24pm
Good thing we already bought one
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