HDMI Org: Millions of Mini DisplayPort to HDMI cables are unlicensed, must be recalled

“HDMI Org has confirmed that manufacturers of Mini DisplayPort to HDMI cables have been told that their product is unlicensed and should not be sold,” Marc Chacksfield reports for TechRadar UK.

“HDMI Org has exclusively contacted TechRadar about the situation and confirmed that any cable that has a DP male connector on one end and an HDMI male connector is unlicensed and should not be on sale,” Chacksfield reports. “HDMI Org explained to TechRadar that there were a number of reasons for this. ‘The HDMI specification defines an HDMI cable as having only HDMI connectors on the ends. Anything else is not a licensed use of the specification and therefore, not allowed… The CTS clearly defines necessary tests for all products defined in the HDMI Specification. Since this new cable product is undefined in the Specification, there are no tests associated with this product. It cannot be tested against the Specification.'”

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Chacksfield reports, “There may also be a glimmer of hope, in that HDMI Org does understand that there is a need for this type of cable: ‘We do recognise that there may be a market need for a cable solution rather than a dongle solution. However, at this time, there is no way to produce these cable products in a licensed manner.'”

Read more in the full article here.

[Attribution: Cult of Mac. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lava_Head_UK” for the heads up.]


  1. “However, at this time, there is no way to produce these cable products in a licensed manner”

    Asia just called. But I’m not sure what it said, I couldn’t make out any words through all the laughter.

  2. I guess I should explain it a bit more since many people seem to not know this. English is a funny language and many people have a hard time getting their head around certain phrases…..one of which is “here here!” as opposed to “hear hear”. Actually there is no such thing as “hear hear”.

    By way of example, what do you say when a child falls down. No, it is not “their their”. It is in fact “there there”. So it is with “here here”.

    Oh another note…..hate it when people say, “I would of……”. It should in fact be, “I would have….”. There is NO such thing as, “…would of…”.

    I could go on but I won’t.

    1. It’s an old phrase of support, meaning “listen up,” essentially. It’s “hear hear.” No semantic connection exists between “hear hear” and “there there.”

  3. My underground HDMI cable business is going great. I’m going to pair an HDMI connector with lots of things: DVI, USB, fried chicken and a potato…….just to rub it in their noses…….CABLE FREEDOM!

  4. What about DP male to HDMI Female?
    Dear me all this about Gender and Species…

    Suppose that this is once again another reminder that we don’t really ‘own’ tech, we just ‘use’ it. 🙁 And in the end do we own ‘anything’?

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