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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: Another F**KING FORMAT WAR?!?!?!?
By phatboye on 1/3/2008 5:31:58 PM , Rating: 2
Since there's no such thing as "Wireless HDMI", you don't really need to worry about compatibility.

Maybe you should google Wireless HDMI. It is a format that, although hasn't been completed yet, it does exist. And from the looks of it, it will not be compatible with WirelessHD.

So prepare yourselves for another format war.

RE: Another F**KING FORMAT WAR?!?!?!?
By omnicronx on 1/4/2008 10:38:09 AM , Rating: 2
From the sounds of it, it really wont be a format war as they do different things;

Wireless HDMI spec currently says its going to be a compressed format that will offer 'perfect replication'

WirelessHD is going to take advantage of the 60GHZ band which allows the data to be sent uncompressed.

Not only that but in the beginning from what I understand, these will be addon products to existing technology. I.e will probably take use of transmitters and receivers.

So really they do not even need to be compatible, they are separate products that should work with everything. I see no need to mix and match transmitter and receiver components.

By omnicronx on 1/4/2008 10:39:41 AM , Rating: 2
Here is a good link outlining the two formats.

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