[opendtv] Re: 5.8 GHz Belkin FlyWire Wireless HD Streamer

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 10:18:06 -0400

At 9:15 AM -0700 7/17/08, dan.grimes@xxxxxxxx wrote:
Not to downplay the coolness of the FlyWire, but high quality HDMI cables do not need to cost hundreds of dollars:


(anecdote: I helped someone with problems with their poorly working HD cable box installed with a $120, 6', Monster Cable Brand HDMI cable. A Series-1HDMI cable from Blue Jeans at one-quarter the price made the problems go away.)

Also, those floating HD monitors on the wall are about 3 feet too high, hampering enjoyment. The viewing angle is wrong when sitting on the couch for both optimum video quality and eye/neck strain. The monitors need to be much lower.

And another thing...

This is an interesting product that will compete with other existing solutions that may cost far less.

A home with WiFI can be set up to do much the same thing, IF you are wiling to connect a device to the display that can receive the bit streams and decode them. You can do this now with Apple TV and multimedia PCs (maybe even the PS3 and X-Box, which can now be used to pdownlad and play movies from Netflix. And these devices add functionality to the TV to which they are connected.

It seems that FlyWire may be an expensive solution that is optimized as a virtual "switch" for traditional CE components, with the bandwidth to handle high quality HD streams as might be delivered by a BluRay player.


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