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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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RE: I was excited until I saw MPAA
By Polynikes on 1/3/2008 3:15:39 PM , Rating: 2
Hahaha, then you'd be in some trouble. Seriously, though, the only reason I don't have surround sound is because of the setup of the room, and using wired speakers would be messy. If we can get some wireless stuff things will be so much cleaner.

By FITCamaro on 1/3/2008 3:23:27 PM , Rating: 2
This is for device -> TV.

And there already are wireless speakers out there. But nothing will ever beat the quality and stability of a wire.

Personally I'd just run them through the walls/ceiling.

RE: I was excited until I saw MPAA
By abhaxus on 1/3/2008 3:25:42 PM , Rating: 2
This has nothing to do with wireless speakers, only display devices.

Wireless speakers will not be a compelling reality until wireless power is possible. Even now the highest quality wireless transmission for audio is terrible quality not to mention the speakers have to be powered in some way.

If you want a decent surround setup without true surround speakers I suggest you look at a Yamaha sound projector if your room is enclosed on all 4 walls and fairly rectangular or square, or a Polk surroundbar if your room is neither of those.

RE: I was excited until I saw MPAA
By solidcode on 1/3/2008 4:08:27 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly! Why do bother about wireless when you still have to have wires to provide power to DVD player, TV set and even speakers. And why do not use those wires which are used to power all these stuff up to transfer data. This technology does exist and called HomePlug AV. And it is successfully used to transfer both video and surround sound.

By SlyNine on 1/4/2008 8:39:46 AM , Rating: 2
The would be a nice idea to have another plugin on the power strip that would pass data between devices. But I think cables like HDMI that put sound and video in the same are already reaching that point.

However the point of this is to have your DVR, MP3, and whatever other media devices you have connect to other TV's threw out the house, Like watching TV in bed for instance. All you need is the TV and maybe a stereo.

By icemansims on 1/4/2008 1:23:16 PM , Rating: 2
And microwave your popcorn right at your couch while watching TV, Yay!

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