Being to able to access content anywhere in the household, in premium quality, without a tangle of wires and a stack of boxes is what many have come to see as the ideal home entertainment set up. A number of companies have been offering higher end solutions with built in flexibility and virtually unlimited bandwidth. The technology is changing so fast, it is often hard to keep up, with the explosion of Blu-ray, 3D, and who knows what else that is coming around the corner.
Below is an overview of a few companies that have brought to market interesting and advanced products that are designed to unleash your content, with streaming and other interesting features and unlimited flexibility. Of all the companies listed below, I only have first hand user experience with IOGEAR, where I reviewed their excellent IOGEAR Wireless HD Computer to TV Kit and USB 2.0 External HD Audio/Video Adapter. I enjoyed being able to stream content from my PC to my HDTV, and I found this product category to have amazing potential. Let's see what's available right now:
1) MyWirelessTV Multi-Room Wireless HD Video Kit:
Wirelessly Connect Any Cable or Satellite Box/DVR to any HDTV
MyWirelessTV Adapters give you the flexibility and control to distribute content however and wherever you want. You can stream HD content from one device to one display -- or choose to stream the same content to every display in the home. Your stored content, premium or personal, is available on any or every screen.
- Full 1080p HD and 3D Video up to 150 feet away
- Any content, any room, any device
- First true, multi-room solution
- Transmit up to 150 feet
- Brilliant HD Visual Experience
- 100% Standards-Based
- No interference with existing wireless networks
- Compression: Standard H.264 codec
- Transmission:Wireless Standard 802.11 WiFi
- Content Protection: Standard HDCP 2.0 Encryption
- Easy Setup...Everything you need is included
2) Vizio – Model: XWH200
According to Vizio “now you can really enjoy the view. The VIZIO Universal Wireless HD Video and Audio Kit eliminates cable clutter with this in-room wireless HD solution. You can mount your HDTV in one area of the room and house your 3D and 1080p HD Blu-ray™ Player, gaming console, audio equipment and more up to 30 feet away.
It transmits on a 60 GHz interference-free frequency so other Wi-Fi devices won’t disrupt the quality of the signal. And installation couldn’t be easier. No additional software or equipment is necessary, simply plug your HDTV into the receiver via an HDMI cable and up to 4 devices into the 4 HDMI ports in the transmitter. The system will transmit all 3D and high-definition audio and video content directly to your TV.
It’s also HDCP approved so watching licensed content from cable, satellite or Blu-ray™ won’t be a problem either. The kit includes two 3ft HDMI® Cables to connect your TV to the receiver and an AV device to the transmitter. It’s an ideal solution for wall-mounted HDTVs. Cables are cleanly and safely out of sight and 3D and HD content still plays at peak performance.”