Santa Clara, Calif. - Consumers will be able to stream protected 3D Blu-ray movies from a PC or Blu-ray-equipped PlayStation3 to multiple TVs throughout the house via a pair of slim WHDI Sticks that connect to the HDMI inputs and outputs of CE devices, the WHDI Consortium announced.
Current solutions based on the 5GHz-band WHDI technology consist of larger black boxes, and although none supports 3D, new ones due soon will, the consortium said. Those products conform to an earlier version of the WHDI standard to stream protected 2D Blu-ray movies, Internet video and console- and PC-based videogames with low latency, but not 3D content, the consortium said.
The Sticks were developed by Amimon, whose technology forms the basis of the WHDI standard, which is capable of streaming uncompressed 1080p video around the house. The standard was recently updated to support all the 3D formats incorporated in the HDMI 1.4a standard.
Amimon is marketing the Stick design to CE makers and expects them to begin offering Sticks under their own brand in 2011. The company said a pair of Sticks could retail for around a suggested $149 for one sender and one receiver, each 3.2 inches by 1.18 inches by 0.61 inches. Additional receivers could retail for around $50 to $75.
Each Stick would plug into a device's HDMI input or output and get power either from the device's USB port or from an outboard wall wart, said consortium president Les Chard.
The WHDI standard transmits a 1080p/60Hz Deep Color video stream more than 100 feet through walls to multiple TVs around the house.
WHDI competes with the WiDi, or wireless display, technology introduced by Intel early this year. WiDi, however, does not incorporate the HDCP copy-protection technology of the WHDI standard to stream Blu-ray movie discs.