At least three companies are fielding new wired alternatives to the high definition multimedia interface. The competitors hope to leapfrog the HDMI 1.4 specification by providing more bandwidth, reach or networking capabilities.
The goal for all the players is to create a new class of high definition home networks. They will let users play any content on a digital TV and use the TV and a remote to control any connected device. The efforts come at a time of increasing fragmentation in home networks.