Are 4K HDMI Cables Needed For Roku 4?

With the emergence of 4K TV’s and the arrival of the Roku 4 with 4K capability a lot of people are wondering, “Do I need a 4K HDMI cable for y Roku 4?”. The short answer is no, according to an article from CNET.

The article state that there really are only 4 types of HDMI cables:

-High-speed with Ethernet
-High-speed without Ethernet
-Standard-speed with Ethernet
-Standard-speed without Ethernet

“There’s no reason to get standard-speed cables anymore, as the price difference is negligible between those and the high-speed versions. As per the current HDMI 1.4 spec, in order for an HDMI cable to be considered high-speed, it must be able to pass 3,840×2,160 pixels at up to 30 frames per second (and 4,096×2,160 at 24 frames per second).

This means that even the cheapest high-speed HDMI cable can pass the maximum resolution possible with the current generation of Ultra HD 4K TVs.”

The article goes on to state that they tested their theory and it holds up. CNET is a pretty reliable source for tech info so I am inclined to agree.

What do you think, do you agree 4K HDMI cable are a gimmick? Comment below.

William B. West

William B. West

William B. West has been an internet journalist since 1998. Writing for a total of 25 pro wrestling news sites at his peak, before retiring only to return to online journalism in 2011. Currently William is editor of, a contributor to, and editor in chief of &

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