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Philips Previews HD Net Connect

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previewed here last week what it is calling a Wireless HD Net Connect set-top box solution for relaying PC content wirelessly to a TV screen.

At the same time, P&F USA, the licensee of the Philips brand for TV and A/V source devices, revealed that its entry-level connected Blu-ray player is shipping to dealers now.

The products were presented at the recent Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Line Shows event, here.

The Wireless HD Net Connect product is expected to ship to CE and online retail partners beginning in late 2011 or early 2012. It will carry a $300 suggested retail and is billed as "a solution for transmitting all of your content from a laptop or PC to a TV screen in up to full 1080p/60 resolution without any complicated hookup or software requirements."

The plug-and-play device relays signals wirelessly over WHDI protocol without the interference that sometimes challenges Wi-Fi transmissions. The transmitter and receiver boxes connect to source and display devices via HDMI ports.

On the transmission end, a dongle also plugs into a USB port for power purposes only. The dongle will relay signals to the receiver from a distance of 23 feet with no line-of-sight requirements, meaning the signal will penetrate walls and floors.

Philips said the system will allow access to anything that can be viewed on the PC, meaning viewers can access video service accounts from Netflix, Hulu and others using the PC to view content on their connected TV sets.

Meanwhile, the P&F USA Philips Blu-ray Disc player, model BDP3406, is a wireless-ready product with access to the Netflix and Vudu HD movie services.

The sleek, compact unit also supports Dolby TrueHD advanced surround sound and FullHD 1080p video output and is shipping now at a $120 suggested retail.

The BDP3406 joins step-up models BDP3306 ($140 suggested) and BDP5506 ($170) that are already in stores. The latter two are also wireless ready and add support for Net Apps.

The 5506 includes touchscreen controls, Philips MediaConnect software and Blu-ray 3D support.

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