DailyTech reports LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Valens Semiconductor are working together on a new A/V standard that will be based on regular Cat 5e/6 network cables. The first products with HDBaseT are expected later this year, with much more to follow in 2011.
Past A/V standards from industry groups have introduced a plethora of connectors (S-Video, HDMI, DisplayPort for example), so that makes this release all the more unusual. Instead of a new connector, it is based on the Cat 5e/6 network cables, commonly referred to as "ethernet cables".
It supports cable lengths up to 328 feet. The cable can pass HD and 3-D video signals, as well as data through an integrated 100MBit Ethernet connection. That data feed should allow for new internet-connected TV services, such as Google TV which delivers advertising-funded services to TV sets.