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Stream HD Video Wirelessly from PC to TV via USB

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The StreamHD can wirelessly stream 1080p content from your desktop or laptop to an HDTV.

Looking for a way to stream HD content from your laptop or PC to the HDTV without stringing cables across the floor? Thanks to Warpia, there may be an ideal solution with its just-announced StreamHD device.

The system primarily consists of two components: a USB-based transmitter that plugs into a laptop or desktop, and a receiver base that physically connects to the HDMI port on a HDTV. Warpia claims that StreamHD can actually wirelessly stream 1080p video (1920 x 1280) while providing up to 30 feet of coverage.

"Our improved technology gives customers the all-access viewing they've come to expect from Warpia along with stunning HD quality," said Marc Levaggi, VP of Marketing for Warpia. "StreamHD makes wireless home entertainment seem effortless."

For consumers who own a home theater system with optical outlets, the receiver base can connect to those outlets, providing full 5.1-channel surround sound. The StreamHD system also offers an "extend mode" that allows users to work with two separate screens at once.

Warpia's StreamHD is now available at Amazon.com and Warpia.com for $169.99. The package includes the USB transmitter, the receiver base, a power supply unit, HDMI cable, SPDIF cable, a Quick Start Guide and more.

Warpai is exhibiting the StreamHD system at CES 2011 this week, located in the South Hall (#35888) and Venetian Tower (#237).

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    burnley14 , January 5, 2011 1:54 AM
    $169.99?! Seriously? I can afford to tuck my HDMI cable into the corner of the wall for that much.
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    joytech22 , January 5, 2011 2:16 AM
    mayankleoboy1hey, my room is 50ft in length. you got something else for me?


    55ft HDMI maybe? haha

    I like the way my Media centre is set up right now thank you very much, no point using something like this unless you don't have a media centre or are too lazy to plug in a HDMI/don't like the mess.
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    Supertrek32 , January 5, 2011 2:58 AM
    I can't see this being useful for most HTPCs.

    It's USB 2.0. The usb end looks small, which means it's probably just an antenna - not big enough for video hardware.

    Now, USB 2.0 has a maximum throughput of 60MB/s. Uncompressed 1080p at 24fps is something like 95MB/s. 60fps is around 120MB/s.

    That means the device has to compress the video to send it (anyone image-quality conscious will turn away at this point). Since there doesn't appear to be hardware on the usb adapter, it means your processor needs to compress it. Compressing 1080p is a lot of work - especially when the computer has to decompress it from the original source at the same time.

    Most HTPCs aren't really designed to be CPU power-houses. You can see how this would create an issue...
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    drakefyre , January 5, 2011 3:32 AM
    Lol, monoprice.com has $70 75ft HDMI cables. For that price I'll just run a cable thank you very much.
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    guardianangel42 , January 5, 2011 4:14 AM
    This is also old technology. Back in september when I was shopping for a christmas present for my mom I looked at this thing. Lag is terrible (1-2 seconds of lag) and video quality wasn't quite up to scratch.


    Seriously tom's, get with the program.
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    squanto , January 5, 2011 4:28 AM
    Even though its compressed and 170 dollars I will say that I am still impressed because its via USB
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    Von Death , January 5, 2011 4:38 AM
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    Von Death , January 5, 2011 4:39 AM
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    barb_80 , January 5, 2011 5:22 AM
    Darns thing crashed my laptop.
    Won't play Bluray.
    WTF, gets audio but no video!

    Almost $200.00!!!
    Waiting for an RAM Number to return the junk.

    Just use the HDMI cable.
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    sliem , January 5, 2011 12:56 PM
    Too expensive. Should be $20.
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    ckthecerealkiller , January 5, 2011 5:30 PM
    My PS3 does 1360x768 streaming from my media center pc over wifi... That's at 40ft through a wall. If I had LOS at 30ft I could maybe work 1080p.

    At 30ft.. just buy a cable. 50ft HDMI cable is 30-40 dollars
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    curiousgeorgieo , January 5, 2011 6:24 PM
    Hey guys, I actually dropped the $200 last year on this warpia product and not even once could I get it to work even with their tech support helping. Win764 and samsung6000 series tv. Be careful seems to be really glitchy for everyone.
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    Anonymous , April 26, 2011 5:09 AM
    Might as well just buy an AppleTV 2G for $99 + an HDMI cable and you get almost same setup with better quality.
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    Anonymous , October 11, 2011 4:19 AM
    Thanks for sharing this useful information with us. Its really nice to feel theater at home