HDMI-CEC: The secret to streaming-remote simplicity

At a basic level, HDMI-CEC allows devices connected via HDMI to control your television or each other. The feature became part of HDMI 1.2a way back in 2005, and at the time was meant to control Blu-ray players or audio receivers through a single remote—such as the one that comes with your television. In recent years, streaming devices have been flipping that use case around, taking control of your television so you can stow away the TV’s remote. The first modern streaming device to really take advantage of HDMI-CEC was Google’s Chromecast, which can automatically turn on your television and switch to the appropriate input after you’ve loaded up a video through your phone. – Jared Newman, TechHive http://www.techhive.com/article/3138917/streaming-hardware/hdmi-cec-the-secret-to-streaming-remote-simplicity.html