Do you remember UDI
- or, Universal Display Interface. It's an alternative to HDMI geared towards the video card/computer monitor industry that does the same thing, including all of HDCP, as HDMI but it doesn't cost nearly as much. When a manufacturer sticks an HDMI port on their device, it costs them $10,000 in licensing fees and that was just lowered from $15,000
. A good chunk of that changes goes to pay for the HDCP licensing, With UDI, a manufacturer doesn't have to pay for HDCP, but yet it can still do the same thing. Plus, UDI is capable with HDMI's connector and is capable of the same bandwidth. Will we see UDI in the mainstream anytime soon though? It's hard to say but we doubt it. HDMI is already making head-ways into the monitors and video cards industry. Once these companies invest into a certain standard, it can be hard to get them to look at anything else.