updated 09:35 pm EST, Thu January 7, 2010
Device sends all content from notebooks to TVs
Showcased at Intel's CES keynote, Netgear today launched NETGEAR Push2TV (PTV1000), a small device that enables consumers to wirelessly display their notebook computer screens on their big-screen HDTVs. Compatible with select laptops featuring Intel Wireless Display and leveraging the new 2010 Intel Core Processor Family, Push2TV transforms the living room HDTV into a huge, remote monitor without the need for any cables. Slightly larger than a deck of cards, Push2TV enables consumers to wirelessly send stored media, content from other parts of the home network, and videos streamed from the most popular websites.
The NETGEAR Push2TV adapter, combined with Intel Wireless Display, extends the browsing and viewing experience on the PC, with setup as simple as "point and click," according to the companies. The solution consists of NETGEAR Push2TV connected to the TV via HDMI and Intel Wireless Display preloaded on new-generation notebooks powered by the 2010 Intel Core Processor Family. According to the company, Intel Wireless Display captures fully rendered display frames in real-time and sends the compressed video and audio directly to Push2TV via Intel My WiFi technology -- what it claims is the industry's first commercially available Wi-Fi Personal Area Network (PAN) or Wi-Fi Direct solution: the protected short-hop high-bandwidth wireless connection between the laptop and Push2TV, saving bandwidth overhead by up to 50 percent, Netgear said.
The sleek black minimalist device requires notebooks powered by the 2010 Intel Core Processor Family; it will be available in the U.S. via Best Buy later this month and will be bundled together with select laptop computers at promotional prices, or sold separately to end consumers at prices starting at $100 in the US.
Later this month, Best Buy will be the first retailer to make this new networking solution available, with the launch of an exclusive Blue Label 2.0 series consisting of three laptop computers developed in partnership with top PC OEM brands. Best Buy Blue Label 2.0 notebooks, which also will be touted with lighter weights and longer battery life, will retail starting at $900.