With CES nearly upon us, the leaks and pre-announcements continue to pile up. Next is Netgear’s Push 2 TV box, which just hit the FCC. So I helped myself to a few test photos and took a quick gander at the manual. The Intel-based technology sounds a lot like “Projector” functionality offered by SlingCatcher. Basically, video output of a computer is wirelessly streamed to Netgear’s small set-top box, which is connected to a television. From the manual:
Intel Wireless Display allows consumers to use their HDTV as a huge, remote screen for their laptop. With Intel Wireless Display, consumers can connect their laptop to their TV and enjoy and share their personal media collections, latest YouTube videos, downloaded or streamed movies, music, or a variety of other Internet content from the comfort of their couch.
Intel Wireless Display appears to be both a hardware and Windows 7 software solution. Which may be bundled into a variety of upcoming laptops (pic immediately below). And I imagine Netgear is likely one of numerous vendors to support the spec for piping Internet and personal video from PC to TV.
I’m curious if there will be any output limitations (think DRM-ed video or the Hulu-dream-destroyer) and of course wonder what sort of price point we’re talking. ($149?) I assume these mysteries will be cleared up next week and I plan to hit Netgear’s press conference bright and early Wednesday. Stay tuned! (Thanks, Brad!)
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