HDMI Licensing reports more than 105 million TVs with HDMI support will be shipped this year.
PCs with HDMI outputs can connect directly to more than 105 million HDTVs with HDMI inputs estimated by research firm In-Stat to be in the market by the end of the year. This allows PC users to play games, watch TV shows and movies, and view photos on their monitors or large screen TVs. Because HDMI is backward compatible with the Digital Visual Interface (DVI), the HDMI PCs can also connect directly to the enormous installed base of PC monitors with DVI inputs.
“With the widespread proliferation of PC products using HDMI connections in 2006 and 2007, HDMI is rapidly becoming the digital interface of choice for many PC users,” said Leslie Chard, president of HDMI Licensing, LLC. “The ubiquity of the HDMI interface in high-definition consumer electronics products, and the compatibility with the huge installed base of HDMI and DVI products makes HDMI a natural choice for PC users and gives PC product makers the largest target market.”