A question very easily answered by the first image in CoD’s article, as you can see that little network channel that has been added makes wiring in web enabled HTPC equipment much easier.  No longer do you need to run HDMI and CAT5/6 cabling from each component as HDMI 1.4 can do double duty.  That’s isn’t the only added benefit, as with the audio return channel you can drop some RCA jacks as well.  Those are two of the highlights but there are more benefits to be had.

“HDMI has been touted as one of the best things to happen to the digital entertainment center. The ability to carry video and audio over a high bandwidth cable means less clutter and higher quality. The pace at which these things develop though can be a dizzying prospect, and with the addition of the HDMI 1.4 spec… it seems we add one more bit of confusion… or clarity, depending on if you read far enough through this article to get to the 4K section!”

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