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It Could Be Your HDMI Cable…

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Agent Gernbacher

February 17, 2016

Home Theater

Cable, HDMI, Home Theater, television, TV

We are asking our televisions to do more and more these days. As the centerpiece of our home theater systems, our TVs can go from pulling in our favorite news show in the morning to streaming that YouTube video Mom just sent to us over lunch, then playing the latest Mad Max movie during evening “wind-down” time. And anytime we are not using the TV’s screen, it serves as our connection to the music libraries available through the ever-growing list of streaming services. That is one busy machine.

Naturally, all these pictures and sound don’t fall out of the sky. (Yes Mom, I know that’s the way it used to work.) Most of us have any number of set-top boxes, gaming consoles and audio receivers connected to our TVs. Most of those devices are connected to the “display” (that’s home-theater-installer language for “TV”) using HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) cables. Because the modern TV is much smarter than the old tube TV, they handle a lot more data and, therefore, need complex cables to bring the data to the device.

Since HDMI cables are a little more complicated than the old coax cables, long cable runs can be a problem. I recently got together with our Agent University video production team to shed a little light on how HDMI cables work and how to make sure they work properly in your home theater setup.

I hope this helped. If you are having trouble with any part of your home theater, we have seasoned home theater installers standing by. Give us a call 1-855-720-0706 or stop in at your (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/store-locator)local Best Buy store. We’re here to help.

Agent Gernbacher has been wrangling misbehaving and unruly Home Theater, PC, and Car Audio technology for the last 15 years. When he is not out saving the world as a Secret Weapon for the Geek Squad, he is preparing his little ones to take over the world, making people laugh with his ridiculous eyebrows and personality, pretending to moonlight as a chef or raging to whatever sounds he can find on the Internet.