Philips' Wireless HDMI Box Gets Official, Priced

Philips' Wireless HDMI Box Gets Official, Priced

Anthony Nguyen
Sep 9, 2009

We were a bit bummed after hearing about Belkin's Flywire unit got canned, but luckily Philips, maker of the wild 21:9 aspect ratio television set, has gladly decided stepped in to fill the missing wireless HDMI department gap. Details and pricing, below the jump.

Streaming ain't easy, as we've found out the hard way when trying to stream 1080p content via our Playstation 3 and Tversity, so it's nice to know someone's on the lookout for all of us media-holics out there looking for an easy wire-free solution to get our media on the big screen.

Philips' stylish Wireless HDTV Link kit is set to be at a ghastly $854. However, what you do get is a complete package which includes a transmitter and receiver pair capable of processing up to 1080p signals at 30 frames per second (fps) within a 20 meter range. You get a number of connectivity options as well, with two HDMI inputs and dual component-video sockets for anything else you may have in mind.

One downside, though. Cnet mentions a possible bottleneck in this technology; "While the above frame rate is sufficient for 24fps Blu-ray Discs, other programs such as console games are encoded at a much higher 50fps to 60fps speed." So, while we're more than happy to see Philips giving it a go, we may have to wait a bit for the technology to mature to support video games, as well as drop in price before we can finally get our wireless HDMI streaming fix.

[Via Cnet]

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