We don’t always do it, but on those times that we do need to do it, it can be a pain looking for a cable that would allow us to output video from our Android smartphones or tablets to the ginormous ultrahigh definition TV we just bought. And now with USB Type-C becoming more and more popular in devices, the difficulty just about doubled. Good thing HDMI Licensing, LLC has got our back with a new and simple USB Type-C to HDMI standard for future accessory cables.
HDMI Licensing, LLC is releasing HDMI Alternate Mode which will allow HDMI-enabled source devices to utilize a USB Type-C connector to directly connect to HDMI-enabled displays. This will deliver native HDMI video and audio signals over a simple cable without the need for any other protocol, connector adapters, or dongles. What you will need is just a simple USB Type-C to HDMI cable.
This new standard supports 4K video, Audio Return Channel (ARC), 3D video, HDMI Ethernet Channel, and Consumer Electronic Control (CEC) without the need for manufacturers to create an overly complicated accessory – it will just be a standard cable. Pretty cool, right?
As we expect more and more devices to come in late 2016 and early 2017 to jump on the USB Type-C bandwagon, a simple USB Type-C to HDMI cable will be a boon for those device owners who regularly output video straight from their devices to HD displays.