As a home entertainment fan, you will no doubt know that HDMI cables are the best way to connect up devices and components in your system. They offer many benefits over other analogue cables, and they really are the connection interfaces of the future.

It is difficult to know everything there is to know about HDMI cables, mainly because for something that looks so simple, they perform a surprisingly large number of features and functions. One of these is CEC, which stands for Consumer Electronics Control.

Although you may not realise it, CEC is hugely beneficial for you as the viewer. This is because this feature allows you to control and command up to ten CEC-enabled devices as long as they are connected via HDMI cables. What’s more, CEC also enables devices to control and command each other, without you having to lift a finger.

With CEC, you can enjoy features such as One Touch Play, which means that the device automatically becomes the active source when playback starts. You can also enjoy One Touch Record, System Standby and Timer Programming, all features that you may have been enjoying for months without realising that the amazing CEC is behind it all.