I actually already have something like this from monoprice.. They have plates you can buy that require 2 Cat 6/5 cables for 20 bucks.. It can do 1080p+audio but not powering the tv and such.. But still I've never heard of this HDBaseT company.. I wonder how expensive their products will be.. For some reason I'm guessing it will be all proprietary.
DARN! - I'm 6 years ahead of my time...all my friends thought I was *NUTZ* Cat6'ing every room in the house. I put 3x points in every room, patio, plus more spares in the ceiling - #24 in total.....and now its a standard! YESSSSSSS....BUT:
(Footnote: I'm just about to move out of this house now into a place without *any* networking.....*hangs head in shame*)
Moving house soon, before I move I think I will take the opportunity to lay CAT5E or CAT6 to every room in the house under the floorboards and being the walls. I can buy 300 meters of the stuff, connectors, crimper, wall sockets for a snip over £50.
I don't like this at all. Cat5 is unshielded and susceptible to external interference. HDMI and Displayport are both shielded cables. The article doesn't specify what connector will be used, but if they use the RJ45 connector, that's a lot less robust than HDMI or Displayport. How many times have you broken the locking tab off an RJ45 connector? Happens all the time. Also going to only 8 wires in a Cat5 cable, that's not enough to carry video and audio channels on their own dedicated wires, so they must be using some kind of network protocol to encode all the data. You know the MPAA had a say in this, so this encoded data is also encrypted I'm willing to bet. Say good-bye to all your low cost splitters, breakout boxes, and accessories. This is going to make home A/V very complicated and very expensive for the consumer. Two thumbs down!!
Simply saying cat 5(e,6) is unshielded and therefore susceptible to interference is an extremely ignorant statement, especially since #1 it is not very susceptible to interference and #2 you can buy it shielded if you want to. Research twisted pair you may be in danger of learning something.