Belkin has long been regarded as a company that makes routers and switches. That is all about to change thanks to their newest product introduced today, the ScreenCast AV 4.
The ScreenCast AV 4 can wirelessly beam HD video from any HDMI equipped Blu-ray player to an HDTV. The system consists of a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter plugs into the source device’s (Blu-ray Player, video game system, etc) HDMI port, while the receiver plugs into the HDTV’s HDMI input. It works over the 5Ghz spectrum and is WHDI compliant.
Belkin says the receiver and transmitter need to be within a 100-foot proximity for them to connect. But if the case is such you should be able to achieve full 1080 video, 3D video and 5.1-channel surround sound. Belkin didn’t explicitly say, but we assume 5.1-channel sound and HD video can occur simultaneously.
But the buck doesn’t stop there. The ScreenCast AV 4 features a built-in Leapfrog like remote system, which lets you control your device’s even when they’re located in the other room and out of sight. So in theory you should be able to watch TV in your bedroom and still play/pause/rewind the wirelessly connected Blu-ray player in the living room. Since the transmitter plugs into the source device’s HDMI port, which are generally located on the back, far from the infrared input, we assume they’ve got plans to include a dongle or eye like system that reaches around to the front.
The ScreenCast AV 4 will be available this October for $249.99
Full press release below.
ScreenCast AV 4
ScreenCast AV 4 wirelessly connects your home theater equipment to your HDTV via a transmitter connected to the device’s HDMI connection. Installation is easy—simply plug the HDMI® transmitter into your source device, such as a Blu-ray™ player, and plug the receiver into your HDTV. The powerful transmitter enables you to locate AV equipment up to 100 feet away within a room, or hide them in a closet or adjacent room at a reduced distance.
ScreenCast AV 4 allows you to enjoy the best picture and sound quality with full-HD 1080p resolution, 3D video, and up to 5.1 channels of surround sound. ScreenCast AV also gives you total control of your home entertainment system. The included infrared emitter connects to the ScreenCast AV transmitter and relays the signal from your AV devices’ remote controls, allowing you to use the existing controllers, even when the devices are located in another room.
“ScreenCast AV 4 is the perfect solution for both home theater buffs and interior design enthusiasts as it enables you to wall-mount your HDTV for ideal viewing without costly rewiring or drilling holes in your wall,” said Kraft.
Universal Wireless HDTV Adapter and Universal Wireless AV Adapter
Belkin’s Universal Wireless products turn any Internet-ready TV into a Wi-Fi-enabled TV and make getting connected to services like Netflix®, Pandora®, and Hulu Plus® easy. Both the Universal Wireless HDTV Adapter and the Universal Wireless AV Adapter work with all brands of Internet-ready TVs and provide dual-band performance for better wireless signals and high-quality 3D and HD video streaming. Both feature easy setup and plug-and-play wireless streaming using your existing home network and wireless router.
The Universal Wireless HDTV Adapter is designed specifically for smart TV applications. Powered by a USB cable that connects to any compatible smart TV, it offers superior wireless performance over USB dongles. Unlike wireless adapters from TV manufacturers, the Belkin Universal Wireless HDTV Adapter works with all brands of smart TVs and can be mounted anywhere on the back of the TV for enhanced streaming capabilities.
While the Universal Wireless HDTV Adapter enables Wi-Fi access for a single Internet-ready TV and mounts directly to the back of the TV through the Ethernet port, the Universal Wireless AV Adapter is designed to connect up to four AV devices for streaming to multiple components. Devices are connected to the Universal Wireless Adapter, which then accesses the Internet through your existing home network. This allows you to have wireless access in your living room even if your router lives elsewhere in the home.
“Streaming content is changing the way we watch television, play video games, and use our home theater systems, and Belkin’s Universal Wireless products help you get your gaming console, smart TV, or Blu-ray player connected to your home network without having to rearrange or reconfigure your wireless router,” said Kraft.
ScreenCast AV 4 Wireless AV-to-HDTV Adapter – F7D4515
· Store AV equipment up to 100 feet away or at a reduced distance through walls or closet doors
· Enjoy full-HD 1080p resolution, 3D video, and 5.1 channel surround sound
· The IR Blaster gives you total device control. Just point your remote at the TV, and ScreenCast does the rest.
· Tabletop or wall-mountable receiver, ideal for wall-mounted HDTVs
· Easy, professional-looking installation without the professional price. Connect your AV devices to the transmitter and hide them away.
· Uses 5GHz spectrum to minimize interference and provide superior audio and video quality
· HDCP-enabled; works with protected content like Blu-ray Disc™
· Compliant with WHDI™ standard
· Available in October 2011