Belkin have releases a new range of wireless streaming boxes that are designed to get rid a HDMI cables trailing across your room. There is a transmitter that you place on your device like a Bluray player or HTPC and then a receiver that plugs into your TV. The range is unto 100 feet and includes IR blasters so the device can be put out of sight, supports full-HD 1080p resolution, 3D video, and up to 5.1 audio. Priced at $249.99 its not cheap but you can have four devices connected. The technology has come a long way since I used analog video senders!
Banish Home Theater Cords and Wires with New Wireless Home Theater Solutions from Belkin
(Playa Vista, CA) – September 7, 2011 – Belkin today launched a new line of wireless home theater products designed to streamline home theater setups and deliver full-HD content to your HDTV without messy wires and cables. Belkin ScreenCast AV 4 Wireless AV-to-HDTV Adapter allows you to wirelessly connect up to four home theater devices to your HDTV from another location up to 100 feet away; while the Universal Wireless AV Adapter and Universal Wireless HDTV Adapter enable enhanced Wi-Fi® performance on Internet-ready smart TVs for wireless video streaming.
“Home theaters are becoming standard in today’s houses and often design aesthetics can be just as influential in purchasing decisions as performance. But no matter how sleek and stylish components are, the tangle of wires and cables that accompany them are a major distraction,” said Nate Kraft, director of global product management for Belkin’s networking division. “With our new wireless home theater products we wanted to build upon Belkin’s expertise in wireless networking to simplify and streamline the home theater setup and enhance the home theater experience.”
ScreenCast AV 4
ScreenCast AV 4 wirelessly connects your home theater equipment to your HDTV via a transmitter connected to the device’s HDMI connection. Installation is easy-simply plug the HDMI® transmitter into your source device, such as a Blu-ray™ player, and plug the receiver into your HDTV. The powerful transmitter enables you to locate AV equipment up to 100 feet away within a room, or hide them in a closet or adjacent room at a reduced distance.
ScreenCast AV 4 allows you to enjoy the best picture and sound quality with full-HD 1080p resolution, 3D video, and up to 5.1 channels of surround sound. ScreenCast AV also gives you total control of your home entertainment system. The included infrared emitter connects to the ScreenCast AV transmitter and relays the signal from your AV devices’ remote controls, allowing you to use the existing controllers, even when the devices are located in another room.
“ScreenCast AV 4 is the perfect solution for both home theater buffs and interior design enthusiasts as it enables you to wall-mount your HDTV for ideal viewing without costly rewiring or drilling holes in your wall,” said Kraft.
Universal Wireless HDTV Adapter and Universal Wireless AV Adapter
Belkin’s Universal Wireless products turn any Internet-ready TV into a Wi-Fi-enabled TV and make getting connected to services like Netflix®, Pandora®, and Hulu Plus® easy. Both the Universal Wireless HDTV Adapter and the Universal Wireless AV Adapter work with all brands of Internet-ready TVs and provide dual-band performance for better wireless signals and high-quality 3D and HD video streaming. Both feature easy setup and plug-and-play wireless streaming using your existing home network and wireless router.
The Universal Wireless HDTV Adapter is designed specifically for smart TV applications. Powered by a USB cable that connects to any compatible smart TV, it offers superior wireless performance over USB dongles. Unlike wireless adapters from TV manufacturers, the Belkin Universal Wireless HDTV Adapter works with all brands of smart TVs and can be mounted anywhere on the back of the TV for enhanced streaming capabilities.
While the Universal Wireless HDTV Adapter enables Wi-Fi access for a single Internet-ready TV and mounts directly to the back of the TV through the Ethernet port, the Universal Wireless AV Adapter is designed to connect up to four AV devices for streaming to multiple components. Devices are connected to the Universal Wireless Adapter, which then accesses the Internet through your existing home network. This allows you to have wireless access in your living room even if your router lives elsewhere in the home.
“Streaming content is changing the way we watch television, play video games, and use our home theater systems, and Belkin’s Universal Wireless products help you get your gaming console, smart TV, or Blu-ray player connected to your home network without having to rearrange or reconfigure your wireless router,” said Kraft.
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