Set-top box chipset manufacturer ALi Corporation has launched a new HD network media player that features multiscreen bridging, enabling the sharing of local or cloud media content from smartphones and tablets to TV screens, and the distribution of DVB streams to IP thick clients elsewhere in the home.
ALi’s M3912 chipset is designed to take advantage of wireless display mirroring enabled by the Miracast wirless screencast standard supported by the WiFi Alliance. This enables users to echo display from a small-screen device such as a smartphone or tablet onto a TV in real-time via a Wi-Fi Direct connection.
Companies that have said they will support Miracast include Google, via its Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS. The DLNA and Miracast-compliant ALi M3912 will enable users to share media from any Android 4.2 device onto a TV.
“Video consumption has become ‘mobile’ – it’s no longer limited to the big screen TV in the living room. Seamless media sharing across smartphones, tablets, and TV screens anywhere in the whole home without problems of compatibility and interoperability is what end users now expect, and this is the key focus for ALi in 2013. With ALi’s M3912, consumers can navigate and manage video content from various sources onto any TV screen they choose, thereby fully taking advantage of the multi-screen video revolution,” said Tony Chang, general manager of ALi’s international business unit.