The thrill associated a FCC discovery was quickly replaced by a more reserved reaction, and I intended to pass on Netgear’s Push2TV CES announcement with Intel (despite taking photos). However, given the number of incoming questions and some imminent news, I’m running with it.
First, CNET reports that the Netgear Push2TV unit is the first retail device to feature WiFi Direct – which eases wireless device-to-device connections. In this case, allowing select Intel-powered laptops to beam the contents of their display, along with audio, to the television of your choice.
Additionally, Netgear’s Intel Wireless Display implementation runs a mere $100… or less, keep reading. After corresponding with Netgear’s wireless product manager this week, I’ve learned that Best Buy will begin selling three laptops (Toshiba, Dell, and Sony) tomorrow, comprised of the appropriate 2010 Intel processors, Intel WiFi, and Intel graphics along with a bundled Push2TV unit.
Despite the basic functionality of Push2TV, which lacks two-way remote control or the ability to select specific regions of the screen for broadcast à la SlingCatcher, at $100 (or free!) Netgear’s solution is an inexpensive and efficient method to gather the family around the television for Hulu or vacation photo viewing.
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