Thursday, 31 July 2008
Streaming Hot From PC To TV
LAST year the Apple TV came on the market with a view to bringing its brand into the living room by allowing us to stream all of our iTunes library right onto the TV over a home WiFi network - the problem was, this only worked with media that played from within iTunes.
The Linksys DMA 2200, distributed by Videnda, uses the Windows Vista and XP media centre so you can stream your downloaded media from your PC, or indeed live internet content directly to your TV, and it is high-definition ready.
A friend pointed out to me that he found it useful for watching his 'legally' downloaded content on widescreen
TV in high-definition, instead of having it trapped on the PC, and it plays almost all file types including avi, which are quite common.
Because the 2200 plays XviD files, this means that any TV shows etc which you have downloaded via BitTorrent can be played directly on your TV without the need for converting any files or other finicky steps.
The concept of wireless freedom from your comput¬er's multimedia store is great: having your computer in the study while your television can pick up all its content is useful, especially for those with a wall-mounted TV.
The Linksys 2200 also has a DVD player, a handy feature that most multimedia centres do not come with and, surprisingly, the interface is easy to figure out and use, with a straightforward, step¬-by-step menu.
Linksys DMA 2200. Distributed by Videnda
Marie Boran - Silicon Republic - 31/07/08