Sceptre enables MHL connections with 2013 HDTV line
HDTV and PC display manufacturer Sceptre has added Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) to a number of models in its 2013 line of LED HD televisions. A number of models, starting from 32-inches and going up to 58-inches, will now connect to a compatible smartphone over a cable, and will not only display the phone's screen and stream any accompanying audio, but also charge the phone at the same time, using a single cable.
Mobile devices charge while playing HD content
Onkyo has announced that it is set to introduce several new A/V receivers that are claimed to be the industry's first to support InstaPrevue and mobile high-definition link (MHL) technologies. The MHL standard, which is already utilized for a variety of tablets and smartphones, enables devices to transmit 1080p video with 7.1-channel digital audio across a dual-purpose Micro-USB port.
System automatically switches between standards
Samsung's Galaxy S II handset reportedly represents one of the first devices to take advantage of a Mobile High-Definition Link port. Although a dedicated HDMI output was noticeably absent from the handset housing, the MHL port combines USB and HDMI standards for data transfer, charging, and connection to audio/video equipment.