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Netgear Adapter Streams HD Video from Legacy PCs

Looking for a way to pump your HD content to an HDTV without dragging an HDMI cable across the carpet? Netgear may have a solution, as on Monday the company introduced its new Universal Push2TV HD Adapter (opens in new tab), which does just that via a Wi-Fi connection. Thanks to technology provided by DisplayLink and Wisair, desktops and laptops merely need a USB 2.0 port or greater on the PC end (no HDMI port is necessary) and an HDTV with an HDMI input jack (sorry, no component support).

"Netgear has leveraged technology from DisplayLink and Wisair to deliver an innovative solution connecting any Windows-based PC wirelessly to any HD display," said Dennis Crespo, DisplayLink executive vice president of marketing and business development. "This new device allows any content from Netflix, CNN, YouTube, Twitter or any other source to stream or display on any HDMI-enabled."

Netgear's new package comprises of two components: a PC adapter that connects to a USB 2.0 port, and a receiver featuring an HDMI port, an optical audio port (S/PDIF) and a jack for stereo audio. Minimum system requirements include a 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor for streaming 720p video, and a 2.4 GHz Intel Core2 Duo processor with 2 GB of RAM for streaming 1080p video.

According to the company, customers will experience "unlimited content" using the Push2TV HD adapter setup, yet it also states on the product page that Blu-ray disc content is not supported thanks to strict copyright requirements. Otherwise, customers can consume the entire "Internet world," videos and pictures in HD resolution up to 1080p, DVD movies and documents -- all on an HDTV via a wireless connection. Latency and video quality will naturally depend on the PC's overall performance.

Netgear's new adapter is now available in the United States for $129.99 USD. It's also available in Europe, but Netgear did not supply a suggested price. For more information and retail locations where the product is sold, head here (opens in new tab).

  • memadmax

    I needed something like this about a year ago >_>
  • alyoshka
    Well, this is more than 2 years old, but not from Netgear..... Push2Tv is old now....
  • alyoshka
    Didn't you see the laptop pushing the stuff to TV that big ass TV watching Avatar video on Youtube?
  • alidan
    hacked for bluray in 3... 2... 1...
  • billybobser
    just add a device manager to modern tv's and a usb port.

    since mine can already stream content when it has an internet connection
  • gaborbarla
    Netgear discovers the wireless media streamer? Did I miss something?
  • USB 2.0 in 1080p? Yeah, right.
  • lathe26
    To the skeptics out there: DisplayLink has had USB 2.0 video technology for years. It works great and it does 1080p just fine. I own some of thier early hardware.

    Of course there are limitations. Desktop apps and web browsing work fantastic. Watching moderately and heavily compressed video looks great too (ex: YouTube). Where you hit limitations are with high graphic games and with massive video (ex: unencrypted BluRay ).
  • ProDigit10
    you only need an 800Mhz single core computer for 720p video with WinXP, and an avc codec; though a 1,2Ghz CPU is recommended.

    I can run 720p mkv's and mp4's perfectly fine on my 1,66Ghz dualcore laptop, even with powersaving mode on (800Mhz per core).