Originally Posted by RoadLizard
HDMI and it’s "specs" have been quite irritating, haven’t they? It’s like....us folks have enough to worry about with this great hobby. The last thing we need is HDMI & cables being a source of incapability and frustration. Right? HDMI should just work and do it’s thing. Be transparent. Get it right, out of the box and eliminate confusion.
Standards are important, and when clearly laid out, with everyone following them, they work. It's when manufacturers decide to cut corners, or advertise capabilities falsely, or decide they're going to 'augment' the spec that things fall apart.
'HDMI Control' is a prime example of a non-standard 'standard' where it was released out into the wild as public domain, and manufacturers were free to implement as much or as little of it as they wished, and they could 'supplement' it with their own command structure, and it is pretty much useless for most people as a result. A classic example of no governing body enforcing standards. When I first got my E6 and called LG to ask why it wasn't working correctly, the response was "It works properly if all your connected devices are LG!" Seriously? You deliberately destroyed the spec in a stupid attempt to force customers to buy only your products? And they're not alone in this.
Then there's HDR 10, and Samsung's HDR 10+, another example of a PD specification co-opted by a manufacturer who had no business doing so, but were too cheap to pay Dolby, so they decided to just muddy the waters by adding their own. And then there's the endless number of sets that claim to be 'HDR compatible", whatever the hell that means.
The HDMI consortium leave a lot to be desired, but if everyone released HDMI product that fully
stuck to the specs, a lot of the issues with it would go away. Most of the issues the first few years of HDMI actually had to do with with the wildly paranoid HDCP spec implementation, that ultra-secure NSA-quality lockdown of content demanded by the content owners that was able to be bypassed with a $25 HDMI splitter from Amazon...