Entertainment &Mobile Phones &Software Steven Kippel on 25 Sep 2012

Wi-Fi Alliance debuts Miracast wireless video streaming

Wi-Fi Alliance debuts Miracast wireless video streaming

For the more advanced home media consumer, streaming content from a computer or mobile device to the living room home entertainment system isn’t anything new. DLNA has been providing this service for several years. But when Apple introduced AirPlay, the consumer consciousness of home media sharing exploded. Now even more companies are going to be providing simple video streaming to the living room with Wi-Fi Alliance Miracast technology.

Miracast will allow viewing pictures or video from a smartphone on a big screen TV, or a presentation from a laptop on a conference room projector. And unlike AirPlay, Miracast will enable content such as live television to be streamed to a tablet.

The Wi-Fi Certified technology used Wi-Fi Direct, so content can be streamed directly from one device to another without the need for a shared Wi-Fi network.

The first devices certified for Miracast are the Samsung Galaxy S III and LG Optimus G smartphones, and the Samsung Echo-P Series TV. Wi-Fi Alliance is expecting over one billion devices to be compatible with Miracast by 2016.

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