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Veebeam wirelessly transmits computer content to your TV


January 18, 2011

The Veebeam laptop-to-TV content streamer

The Veebeam laptop-to-TV content streamer

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If you're looking for an affordable way to stream high definition online movies to a big screen TV, then Veebeam could just be what you're looking for. The device comes in both standard and high definition varieties, and is made up of a wireless USB antenna that's connected to a laptop or computer and a receiver box that's hooked up to an HDTV. The system is said to be capable of wirelessly playing any content from one to the other, whether it's online movies, sports or news updates, digital photos or holiday videos.

Veebeam is described by its creators as being content agnostic, meaning that it will wirelessly stream anything from your laptop or computer to your TV. Rather than use a set-top box or bottlenecking an already overworked wireless home network, the Veebeam system creates a point-to-point, 150Mb/s wireless connection between the USB Antenna and the receiver unit. Not quite the potential offered by a Wireless-N connection, but at least this one promises constant rate.

The receiver is of course plugged into the television and incorporates ST Microelectronics' advanced HD decoding IC running Wyplay's embedded digital media renderer software. Users can choose between the screencasting mode, that offers the best experience for viewing photos or websites, and the higher-quality Play-To mode, which allows for multi-tasking as well as benefiting from the highest video output.

There are two varieties on offer – the Veebeam SD edition costs US$99 and has an output resolution of 480i and Dolby Digital audio, and the Veebeam HD variety at US$139, which has the same composite A/V outputs as its sibling but also includes full 1080p resolution output via HDMI port, optical audio output and a couple of USB ports.

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... and I see no reason I can\\'t play/ view my laptop games on my TV either. Nice :)

Paul Hobby

I play MS FSX at my computer. I have Saitek Yoke System, extra Quadrant, Joystick. I also have the Pro Flight Multi-Panel and Pro Flight Switch Panel. Even if I can use the VeeBeam to stream the game, I would have to somehow move the above items to my living room. Also, I use a projector and 120\" wall screen to view my TV, movies, etc. Would the VeeBeam be connected to my projector, or to my HD audio receiver? For me, this sounds like a lot of extra work, if it is at all feasible. But, it would be great to be able to play the game and see it on a 10\' wide screen!

Facebook User

This looks like a must hav e toy for those that do not have internet tv pc ready units.....

I\'d buy one if I needed it.

Richie Suraci

Actually this is great - I have several computers and several TV\'s. I can have 4400 movies stored and on data CD\'s and DVD\'s My old projection TV did not have HDMI so to get 1080 I use the VGA cable. I have surround sound which runs from my computer (VGA does not have audio) This one runs on a VGA splitter; therefore the monitor and the TV are the same.

I use the VGA cable on my flat screen, too. It has a separate video card so I can still use the computer.

With three TV and 3 computers, the wiring is immense.

For Facebook user. Yes direct to video (TV) Plays whatever you have on your monitor unless you run multiple monitor setups.

For Richie Suraci - Internet TV is wasteful and inefficient. Stay in charge of your fate.


I would love to project movies and photo slide shows from my PC to my TV, but is my system too primitive? Too distant? How far is too far for my 1 computer in the den to reach to my digital TV in the living room? Is it only sold by the company or is it at Best Buy and other box stores? This article gets my attention but needs to go further to answer my questions.

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