CEA published a new DTV standard that applies to a variety of DTV-related high-speed digital physical interfaces, such as HDMI and Digital Visual Interface 1.0. It’s dubbed CEA-861-F, A DTV Profile for Uncompressed High-Speed Digital Interfaces. Developed by the Uncompressed A/V Digital Interfaces working group, CEA’s new standard includes enhancements that supports several new Ultra HD and widescreen video formats. It is available on TechStreet.

It’s just further evidence of Ultra HD’s continued momentum. Last week, LG Electronics began selling two second-gen Ultra HD sets—a 55-inch ($6,000 MSRP) and a 65-inch ($8,000 MSRP). Sony’s $700 Ultra HD Media Player is shipping this week. And Sharp is showing off a touchscreen Ultra HD monitor that it’s getting ready to launch.

So many products are in the works, it’s worth noting that companies can check out whether their products are compatible with those from other manufacturers at a CEA-861 PlugFest, which will be held Sept 8-13 at the Embassy Suites in Milpitas, CA. The idea is to work out kinks before a product makes it to consumers. 

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