Let's look at the 'worth' of HDMI from the perspective of the consumer.\r\n\r\nSay you belive that HD-DVD\/BluRay will survive and the future will also bring 1080p native content to cable\/satellite and you want to purchase equipment that will allow you to view such content.\r\n\r\nNow also sssume that you are someone who has a need for a very long cable run (even if you are perceived to be in the 'minority') and also accept the fact that maybe HDMI wasn't designed for your needs. No problem you think - just use component video which is perfectly capable of carrying 1080p60 over great distances.\r\n\r\nBut it IS a big problem:\r\n- All of the new formats require HDCP due to the irrational copyright 'concerns' of the content producers and that requires HDMI.\r\n- With few exceptions, dvd players that can upconvert do not do so over component.\r\n- Most TVs that can accept 1080p will only do so over HDMI (although that is slowly changing).\r\n\r\nSo basically you are screwed because 'HDMI wasn't intended for long runs' even though everything REQUIRES its use. Add to that the fact that it isn't all that reliable even over shorter distances and I think it's pretty safe to say that Kurt is correct in his assertion that it was a standard produced for the content providers and not the consumer - regardless of whether you believe that UTP is adequate for carrying HDMI signals.\r\n\r\ncraigsj: CAT6 requires certification to 200 MHz. You say there are CAT6 cables certified to 1000MHz (1 GHz)? Are you sure you aren't confusing the bit rate with the clock rate or do such cables actually exist?