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Why You Want HDMI-CEC
Oct 22, 2018

“HDMI-CEC”, short for HDMI Consumer Electronics Control, is an HDMI feature many TVs and peripherals have. This feature makes your devices work better together, but is often disabled by default.

To make things even more confusing, manufacturers often don’t call this feature “HDMI-CEC”. Like with Miracast, every manufacturer wants to call it their own branded name, even though it’s an interoperable standard.

Why You Want HDMI-CEC

HDMI-CEC allows devices connected to your TV through HDMI ports to communicate back and forth with your TV. The devices can have some control over the TV, and the TV can have some control over the devices. This means you could control your Blu-ray player through your TV remote, for example. Or devices can automatically change your TV’s input when they need to do something.

For example, let’s say you have a Chromecast connected to your TV, but you’re not using the Chromecast right now. Instead, you’re watching TV or playing Xbox. With HDMI-CEC, you can start casting to your Chromecast from another device, and the Chromecast will send a signal to the TV, forcing the TV to switch to the Chromecast’s input. You won’t have to fumble with the TV’s remote control and switch to the appropriate input on your own.

HDMI-CEC also has advantages with game consoles. For example, with a PlayStation 4, you can press the button on the controller or the game console itself to bring the game console out of rest mode. When you do, the PlayStation 4 can automatically switch the TV to the correct HDMI input, saving you the trouble. Or, if you switch the TV to the PlayStation 4 input while the PlayStation is in rest mode, the PlayStation will understand you want to use it and automatically power on. Unfortunately, neither the Xbox One nor the Wii U supports HDMI-CEC at this time.

Devices can also label their inputs, so your Chromecast will automatically appear as “Chromecast” instead of just “HDMI 2.” Yes, you can generally type in your own label, but the device can do it for you when you use HDMI-CEC.

HDMI-CEC Trade Names

You often won’t see “HDMI-CEC” printed on a specifications list. Instead, you’ll see a branded “trade name.” These names all refer to HDMI-CEC, so they really exist only to confuse customers. If your TV has any of these features, it supports HDMI-CEC. You’ll need to know the name your TV’s manufacturer uses so you can hunt down and enable the disguised HDMI-CEC option on your TV.

  • AOC: E-link

  • Hitachi: HDMI-CEC (Thank you, Hitachi!)

  • LG: SimpLink or SIMPLINK (HDMI-CEC)

  • Mitsubishi: NetCommand for HDMI

  • Onkyo: RIHD (Remote Interactive over HDMI)

  • Panasonic: HDAVI Control, EZ-Sync, or VIERA Link

  • Philips: EasyLink

  • Pioneer: Kuro Link

  • Runco International: RuncoLink

  • Samsung: Anynet+

  • Sharp: Aquos Link

  • Sony: BRAVIA Sync

  • Toshiba: CE-Link or Regza Link

  • Vizio: CEC (Thank you, Vizio!)


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