Items tagged with HDMI

Even the best, most finely-constructed plans can go wrong, it seems. And sometimes, having a good problem is still having a problem. Earlier in the week, Google introduced a $35 HDMI dongle known as Chromecast, which was meant to bring some elements of Chrome and other elements of alternative TV viewing to anyone's HDTV. For cheap. And perhaps the best deal of all was the fact that three months of Netflix service was included for free, and that even extended to existing users. In other words, the Netflix service alone was nearly worth the price of admission, netting you the Chromecast dongle for free. Welp, evidently too many people noticed the deal, and now what was largely too good to be true... Read more...
Now that CES is over, we're left with one major thought: when are those gorgeous 4K HDTVs hitting the market? It's clear that 4K is going to be the next major leap in high-definition television, and it's likely that many with decade-old HDTVs will soon be tempted to update those. But in order to do so, a lot of other puzzle pieces have to fall into place. The Video Electronics Standards Association, otherwise known as VESA, has this week announced the latest release of the DisplayPort Dual-Mode Standard. This release supports the next generation of Dual-Mode DisplayPort enabled personal computers and Dual-Mode DisplayPort cable adaptors, expected to be available to consumers later this year.... Read more...
One thing you might run into when shopping value oriented parts is that the manufacturers often cut corners to keep the price tag down. It comes with the territory. Along those lines, the idea behind Gigabyte's new HD motherboard series is to offer budget DIY home theater PC (HTPC) builders a line of inexpensive mobos with HDMI and DVI outputs. "The new Gigabyte HD motherboard series means our customers can get much more bang-per-buck from their value segment motherboards," commented Henry Kao, Vice President of Gigabyte Motherboard Business Unit. "Adding dual digital display ports to this segment really sets Gigabyte apart from the competition, raising the bar for value segment motherboard design."... Read more...
Unlike some other stands (we're looking at you, microUSB), MHL hasn't exactly taken off in the same way. It's out there, sure, but it's hardly a household name. Despite offering fantastic technological innovations suited for a mobile-centric world, not a lot of phone manufacturers have included the port on their devices. But now, Silicon Image is announcing a new product that could indeed push adoption. As of this week, a new low power dual-mode transmitter has been revealed, which supports both HDMI 1.4b and MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) 2.0. Silicon Image's dual-mode HDMI/MHL transmitter is obviously a boon, offering support for not just one, but two highly advanced standards. That combination... Read more...
Warpia is building a lineup of intriguing streaming products, each with its own niche. The latest from the company is the StreamEZ, a wireless HDMI steaming kit that streams content from your computer--or any device with an HDMI port, including set-top boxes, Blu-ray and DVD players, and game consoles to your TV. The StreamEZ is designed to be plug-and-play; all you apparently need to do is transmitter and receiver and have at it. Further, Warpia states that you can multitask, allowing you to stream something to the TV and keep using the computer as you normally would. StreamEZ works with Macs and PCs (although the former requires a Mini Display Port to HDMI adapter) and features 1080p HD capabilities,... Read more...
Your PC (and maybe you) likely has a connection with DVI or VGA, a pair of interfaces that have seemingly been around since cavemen first discovered the computer. It hasn't actually been that long, however both are about to enter legacy status as a number of computer vendors and display makers start shunning DVI and VGA over the the next few years, according to In-Stat. The future belongs to HDMI and DisplayPort, and some of you are already there, especially if you're rocking a home theater PC. Why the shift? "DVI has no roadmap to upgrade the specification; it is essentially the same as it was upon its launch in 1999," says Brian O’Rourke, Research Director. "HDMI and DisplayPort, on the... Read more...
It looks as if the MHL invasion has started. The new Mobile High Definition Link was first spotted on the Samsung Galaxy S, where the micro-USB port doubles as a 1080p output. And now, HDTV companies are starting to place this port on their own sets, enabling handset users to deliver content to screens directly from their mobile. The HTC EVO is also included in that crowd, and for those needing an adapter (an increasing quantity of folks, we presume), Kanex has what the doctor ordered. It's an MHL-HDMI adapter that allows a phone's MHL port to be sent directly to older sets with a standard HDMI port. The MHL HDMI Adapter utilizes the phone’s existing micro USB port to create a HDMI interface... Read more...
Wireless HDMI used to be a luxury reserved for those with more cash than sense, or just an infatuation with home cinema (and a hatred for wires). These days, it's becoming more and more an amenity that's available to the mainstream. Wireless video transmission still has a bad reputation to beat -- one that involves lag and missed frames -- but ZyXEL's new adapter is hoping to change some of those preconceived notions. The WHD6215 is a WirelessHD adapter kit that allows any HDMI-enabled device to stream wirelessly to HDTVs. It's a transmitter/receiver combo that enables consumers to place their devices anywhere in the room to wirelessly stream digital content, without worrying about unsightly... Read more...
If you've invested thousands into an HDMI theater system for a home or business, you will soon have multiple options to preserve that investment and still go 3D. That's the promise from companies like Video Innovation Products (VIP), Just Add Power (JAP) and Optoma Technology. Earlier this year, startup VIP announced a line of affordable 3D converters aimed at consumers. These will let 3D content be displayed on any HDMI-capable TV or projector. 3D-VIP so far is only shipping one of three planned products, the 3D Gamer converter, which costs $269 and includes the 3D glasses. VIP's 3D-Gamer brings 3D to your gaming experience. 3D-Gamer takes HDMI 1.4(a) stereo 3D input and outputs frame sequential... Read more...
With the recent explosion in internet content, many people are considering hooking their computers to a television. But if your video card doesn't have an HDMI output, the options get tricky. Converters and adapters get involved, and there's generally a loss of quality or worse: some material won't output at all if the right safeguards and DRM requirements aren't in place. But there's a better solution out there, according to Sewell Direct, at least. The company has just introduced the HD Deck USB to HDMI SW-31000 Display Adapter, which is a long name for a product that simply converts any USB port on your PC into an HDMI output. It also works on Macs, and it only requires USB 2.0 (not 3.0).... Read more...
Wireless streaming, aside from tablet PCs, seems to be all the rage these days. It was once reserved for those in the high-end market, but now the technology has hit a price point that's ready for mass market. Brite-View has been in the game for some time now, primarily in the business of creating media streamers. But the new HDelight is a wireless 1080p PC-to-TV transmission kit, and it marks the company's third WHDI solution for the home theater. This one is definitely the smallest of the three, with the ability to turn any HDMI-ready computer into a wireless home theater PC. Brite-View has made this one remarkably easy to use; just plug the USB-powered transmitter into the computer's HDMI... Read more...
It's a trend that has been slowing gaining steam over the past few years, but now that slowness has turned into a rapid sprint to the finish line. Wireless HD streaming was once a luxury reserved for those who invested a great deal of funds into their home cinema system; now, the technologies have multiplied and the prices have sank, making it easier than ever for average consumers to cut the cords to their HD video/audio systems. Brite-View is no stranger to this sector, and the new Air SyncHD is able to stream 1080p content uncompressed throughout the home and to your high-def television. The company claims that this unit acts as an invisible HDMI connection with a range of up to 100 feet,... Read more...
Eurocom is a name synonymous with high-end, cutting-edge machines. It's also a company that rarely makes anything that's truly "portable." Without a doubt, the company's calling card is their high-end gaming notebooks, and the machines they make are about as close as you can get to having desktop power within a notebook. The new X7200 Panther 2.0 is no different. It's a powerful new laptop that just so happens to be the world's first notebook with an HDMI 1.4 input port. HDMI 1.4 is the latest version of the protocol, which fully supports 3D. The Panther 2.0 can be customized in pretty much every way imaginable, but the company suggests using a 6-core Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition or a Xeon... Read more...
Toshiba is adding to the Satellite A665 laptop's 3D capabilities by providing a software update that will add 2D to 3D conversion, support for Blu-ray 3D discs, and the ability to stream 3D content to 3D-ready televisions. The Toshiba Video Player 3D software will now enable the Satellite A665 to take 2D content and upconvert it to 3D. In addition, 3D content can be outputted directly to a 3D TV set via the HDMI connection. Toshiba is promising these new features via a software upgrade that will be available from www.toshiba.co.uk/computers. Updates to the Toshiba Satellite A665 3D laptop bring a new dimension to home entertainment Toshiba Video Player 3D upconverts 2D content to 3D in real time... Read more...
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