The next VIOLENT TECH WAR will be about “the last foot” – or how to get HD signals from your HD player to your telly without needing a cable.
Yes, that really is a big problem for some people.
As with everything new, there’s a billion (or maybe about three) competing formats and groups, with each saying theirs is best and all the other ones suck via a series of press releases.
But emerging as favourite to win is WirelessHD – primarily because PC overlord Intel has just come on-board. Which, along with other supporters such as Sony and Toshiba, makes WirelessHD look like winning the race to replace those soon-to-be-obsolete HDMI cables. Doesn’t time fly in the world of cabling?
Use of Ultra-Wideband, which applies to all devices that use the same low-frequency, short-range technology, has already been licensed for use in the UK by the controlling superpowers at OFCOM, so WirelessHD could be here sooner than you might think.
But there’s more – that boring Westinghouse TV up there can use Pulse-Link, another way of beaming HD via the air that’ll be demonstrated at CES next week. So all that fuss about HDMI and DVI will turn out to have been for nothing. Learn from this, HD DVD and Blu-ray fans. Five years from now you’ll realise how pointless it’s all been.
For more slightly bewildering broadcast technology news it’s quite difficult to understand about things that won’t be on sale for at least another six years, check out Shiny Media’s HD blog HDTV UK.
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