Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about the HDMI Forum
Questions about the current version and the next version
of the HDMI Specification
Questions about HDMI 1.x Adopters, the Annual Fee,
Questions about the HDMI Forum
What is the HDMI Forum?
HDMI Forum, Inc, is a nonprofit, mutual benefit corporation established
by the HDMI Founders whose purpose is to foster broader industry participation
in the development of future versions of the HDMI Specification.
Over 70 of the largest PC, CE and semiconductor companies have become Members of the HDMI Forum.
Why create an open organization now?
In a word: success. With over 2B HDMI-enabled devices having shipped since
2003, the rapid market growth of HDMI technology has extended into an
increasingly wide array of devices, applications, and industries, including
cell phones, automobiles and commercial applications such digital signage
and airport installations. The HDMI Founders felt strongly that
the next leap in growth in the development of the specification would
arise with broader industry participation. Thus, in October, 2011, the HDMI Founders created an open
organization where interested companies are an integral part of the development process.
Are there any tiers or levels of Membership in the HDMI Forum?
No. All Members have equal standing, including equal voting rights. If
duly elected, any Member may sit on the Forum’s Board of Directors. All
Members are also eligible to participate in the Forum’s Technical Working
Group and other Working Groups. To download a membership packet, please
What are the qualifications to become a Member of the HDMI Forum?
The Forum is open for participation by any entity. Interested entities must
sign a Participation Agreement and pay an annual Membership Fee. There
is no limit to the number of Members the Forum may admit.
For a complete list of current Members of the HDMI Forum, please
To download a membership packet, please
What is the cost to become a Member of the HDMI Forum?
Members pay an annual fee of USD $15,000.
Who oversees the HDMI Forum?
A Board of Directors oversees the administration and operation of
the HDMI Forum. Please
for the current Board of Directors.
What are the qualifications to become a Director?
The Board of Directors is elected every two years by a general vote
of the Forum Members. Candidates must be employees of a Member organization
and deemed suitable by that Member to perform the duties of a Director.
Only Members may nominate candidates to serve as Directors, with nominations
limited to one nominee per Member. There is an annual fee of USD $5,000
for Members who are elected and serve on the Board of Directors.
Questions about the current version and the next version of the HDMI Specification
When does the HDMI Forum expect to release the next version of the
The HDMI Forum Members and the Board of Directors intend to have the next version of the HDMI Specification
available for release sometime in late-2012.
Who is responsible for developing the next HDMI Specification?
All Forum Members can participate in the development
of future HDMI Specifications, most directly though the Forum’s Technical
Is this a new Specification? What is its relationship to the HDMI
Yes. While the next version of the HDMI Specification will refer to the
HDMI Specification v 1.4b and be backwards compatible to it, it is a new
What will happen to the current HDMI Specification v1.4b?
There will be no more development to the HDMI Specification v1.4b. The
HDMI Forum will be responsible for all future developments to the HDMI
Specification and the future versions of the HDMI Specification will build
upon all functions and features of the HDMI Specification v1.4b.
Will the next version of the HDMI Specification be backwards compatible
with the HDMI Specification v1.4b?
Yes. Backward-compatibility has always been an essential feature of HDMI
technology. This will not change in future versions of the HDMI Specification.
Will there be CTS and ATC testing requirements established similar
to the current setup?
Yes. Compliance testing will continue to be an essential aspect to the
success of the HDMI Specifications. When the new version of the Specification
is released, it will be accompanied by a new Compliance Testing Specification
(CTS). All v1.x products will continue to be tested to CTS 1.4b.
When does the HDMI Forum expect work to begin on the next version
of the HDMI Specification?
The Technology Working Group is currently working on the next version of the HDMI Specification with a late-2012 target release date.
Questions about HDMI 1.x Adopters, the Annual Fee, and Royalties
How does this affect the current HDMI v1.x License?
The HDMI Consortium continues to operate and manage all licenses of
the HDMI Specification v1.4b.
How does this affect current HDMI Adopters?
There has been no change in the HDMI Adopters’ day-to-day relationship
with HDMI Licensing, LLC. There is no plan to raise the Annual Fee or
change procedures. The Annual Fee is separate from membership fees to
join the HDMI Forum.
Current HDMI Adopters have the
opportunity to participate in the future development of the
HDMI Specification by becoming a Member of the HDMI Forum, but are not required
to do so.
Will current Adopters be required to sign a new Adopter Agreement?
Current HDMI Adopters are required to sign an addendum to their current
Adopter Agreement if they choose to adopt the next version of the HDMI
Specification, but are not required to do so.
Will current Adopters be required to pay an additional Annual Fee
if they choose to adopt the next version of the HDMI Specification?
No. There is no additional
Annual Fee for HDMI Adopters who choose to license the next version of
the HDMI Specification.
Will there an increase in royalties for current HDMI Adopters?
HDMI Adopters will continue to pay the same royalties on HDMI 1.x products
in accordance with the existing Adopter Agreement.
Can non-HDMI Adopters license only the next version of the HDMI Specification?
No. The next version of the HDMI Specification will refer to the HDMI
Specification v 1.4b and backwards-compatibility is required. Therefore,
any company seeking to develop HDMI-enabled products using the new Specification
must also license the HDMI Specification v.1x.
Will there be additional royalties?
The HDMI Forum will decide whether there will be any additional royalty
for products built using the next version of the HDMI Specification.