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WirelessHD 1.0 specification moves us one step closer to wire-free home theaters

High definition programming is a great thing for gamers and TV watchers as it allows for much better image quality and better sound. The problem, however, that is always associated with home theater is the mass of wires and cables that go along with most setups.

The WirelessHD 1.0 specification was ratified today. WirelessHD is comprised of a group of companies including Intel, LG Electronics, Matsushita, NEC, Samsung Electronics, SiBEAM, Sony Corp., and Toshiba Corp.

DailyTech first reported on WirelessHD in October of 2006 when it was first announced. This new WirelessHD 1.0 standard takes advantage of unlicensed 60 GHz frequencies to transmit high definition signals from game consoles, cable boxes, DVR, camcorders and other devices to a HDTV for display.

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) said it will work with the WirelessHD group to ensure protected high definition broadcasts are secured during transmission. Jim Williams, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for the Motion MPAA said in a statement, “The major motion picture studios are actively engaged in the development of innovative new solutions that give consumers greater flexibility and more choices for how and where they access and enjoy movies and television shows.”

The completion of the WirelessHD 1.0 specification will allow manufacturers to focus on the product design portion of product development without fear that products won’t be interoperable so long as the manufacturer follows the WirelessHD 1.0 framework. WirelessHD also has begun the next phase of creating a logo for consumers to easily tell when products using the specification are interoperable along with compliance and test programs.

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No Proprietary Format
By mdogs444 on 1/3/2008 3:05:53 PM , Rating: 2
The WirelessHD 1.0 specification was ratified today. WirelessHD is comprised of a group of companies including Intel, LG Electronics, Matsushita, NEC, Samsung Electronics, SiBEAM, Sony Corp., and Toshiba Corp.

Not to be a Sony hater, because I actually like the quality of some of their products (Bravia Tv's, their high end Home Theater receivers), but does anyone else find it amusing that Sony did not attempt to go out on a limb to create their own proprietary wireless high definition format? Perhaps something along the lines of "WirelessBD"?

Just seems to me that alot of things they do have to be Sony proprietary first - it fails - then they move on to join the masses...

BetaMax to VHS, MiniDisc, aTrac, etc

RE: No Proprietary Format
By DigitalFreak on 1/3/2008 3:09:09 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe Sir Howard has started to reign them in a bit.

RE: No Proprietary Format
By PAPutzback on 1/3/2008 3:15:03 PM , Rating: 2
Give them time. They'll muck it up and wait till you have atleast one part of the Sony puzzle and have to go buy another Sony piece because it is incompatible with your other high end gear.

RE: No Proprietary Format
By killerroach on 1/3/2008 3:22:30 PM , Rating: 3
That being said, Sony was also a leading company in the development of the compact disc, and Blu-Ray is far from being a proprietary format, having a fairly wide array of support...

Granted, they still have their tendencies to go off on their own (Memory Stick and UMD come to mind as recent attempts), but at least Memory Stick is pretty flexible across a spectrum of products (UMD, on the other hand, just seems to be an odd stepchild of MD that was dead on arrival). But for almost every instance of Sony doing something indescribably alienating to the rest of the technology industry, they seem to put together something that comes to market with numerous companies lining up behind it. I guess it's kinda like the Janus approach to development.

RE: No Proprietary Format
By Oregonian2 on 1/3/2008 5:45:18 PM , Rating: 2
The CD was proprietary, it was developed by Sony and Phillips. It was then licensed to others -- not the same as being non-proprietary. Just was being licensed by others. There are several makers of memory sticks, and Sony probably would not mind others licensing it from them.

RE: No Proprietary Format
By BVT on 1/4/2008 2:11:21 PM , Rating: 2
Being proprietary and having support are two entirely different things. BluRay is proprietary as Sony owns most of the major patents. Nearly everything new that Sony releases is proprietary. They try to corner a market and license the users to death because it is easy money.

Name one thing, other than cds, that Sony has introduced that companies have lined up behind. you cant say BluRay either, because it has not won the format war.

BluRay will be the death of Sony.

RE: No Proprietary Format
By pomaikai on 1/3/2008 3:48:04 PM , Rating: 1
Dont forget Sony developing SXRD to compete with DLP. Atleast they already gave up on there SXRD technology.

"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton
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