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  • room200 - Thursday, July 26, 2012 - link

    Right now, I rcenetly discovered Intel's Widi. The only problem is you have to use a a wifi card and processor supported by Intel ONLY. The other limitation is that its laptop-based. I'd love to be able to take my tablet and show on a television wirelessly. I wonder what kind of hardware is needed for the television. Reply
  • phatboye - Friday, July 27, 2012 - link

    Just say no to proprietary protocols Reply
  • B3an - Thursday, July 26, 2012 - link

    "Miracast is hugely important for the Android ecosystem as a whole to get to feature parity with Apple's AirPlay and AirPlay Mirroring functionality"

    Dont Apples AirPlay need a useless Apple TV to even do this though?
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  • Guspaz - Thursday, July 26, 2012 - link

    An AppleTV costs $99, which is not substantially different from what a WiDi adapter costs, for example. You can probably get a WiDi adapter for $50 these days, but an Apple TV does a rather lot more, so it's not a direct comparison. A Belkin ScreenCast isn't going to stream Netflix, for example.

    You shouldn't confuse the current Apple TV product with the original iTV product. It's an enormously more useful device than the original was, due to support for a lot of third party services (like Netflix) and a video rental service, for example. It doesn't just stream media from iTunes.
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  • Impulses - Friday, July 27, 2012 - link

    Pretty sure there's a $70 WiDi box from Netgear on Newgg that not only streams from a laptop not has native Netflix capabilities and all the other usual streaming box bullet points... It was featured on an AT Pipeline post a few months ago. No clue about how well it stacks up with a WDTV, or a Roku, or an Apple TV... But the Apple TV is hardly a unique value. Great option if you've already bought into their ecosystem tho. Reply
  • hpglow - Thursday, July 26, 2012 - link

    No, although an Apple TV is the easiest way to make it happen. There are Linux hacks and a few products out there that license Airplay like Dennon recivers (some only work with audio.) An Apple TV is $100 if you have an iPhone or iPad Airplay makes it worth the price. It is real nice when you have friends over to shoot whatever content you want over to the TV set. After the Android mass gets a taste of it they will enjoy it as well. Reply
  • KoolAidMan1 - Thursday, July 26, 2012 - link

    Yeah, AirPlay is awesome, even better now with OS 10.8 integration, so useful and brain-dead simple to use and set up. Its nice that the rest of the tech world will start catching up and seeing how cool this functionality is. Reply
  • doubledeej - Thursday, July 26, 2012 - link

    It's awesome... when it works.

    Mine disconnects constantly. It won't maintain a connection for more than a couple minutes, no matter what combination of Apple device and WiFi router I use.
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  • KoolAidMan1 - Friday, July 27, 2012 - link

    Really weird, solid here. What wifi routers have you been using? Reply
  • amdwilliam1985 - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - link

    Yep, this sounds like Apple's product.
    If it works it's "magic", if it doesn't then you're getting a "you're using it wrong" from Apple.
    I'm in the latter group, guess I'm too stupid for Apple's product. And I'm a man of science/technology rather than magic.
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  • SlyNine - Monday, July 30, 2012 - link

    I can shoot content to my TV with DLNA. Not a DLNA fan tho. Reply
  • Brian Klug - Thursday, July 26, 2012 - link

    Well even with WiFi Display or Miracast, you'll need a display sink to get that video to HDMI for a TV or display, so essentially an open device which is analogous to an AppleTV for this functionality.

    Getting to that level is hugely important for the PC ecosystem, for Android, for all of the non-apple players who are looking for (and building to) that functionality but under different umbrellas which will be consolidated under Miracast hopefully.

    -Brian
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  • fancarolina - Friday, July 27, 2012 - link

    Am I understanding this correctly that Nvidia is using their Tegra 3 processors. If so does this simply mean my shiny new Nexus 7 will gain this ability down the road via software/firmware updates? Reply
  • amdwilliam1985 - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - link

    I'm having the same hope too.
    Looking forward to gain this capability at the end of the year.
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