When the Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) was introduced in 2010, it was created to solve a simple but none the less daunting problem: how to get power in and digital video out of cell phones and other mobile devices without requiring additional (or more complex) ports, such as what would be required for HDMI. The solution developed by Silicon Image and the MHL Consortium members was the ultimate piggy-back solution, devising a method to handle power and video using just 5 pins (the number of pins in a mini/micro-USB 2.0 connector) and connecting it to MHL-compliant TVs via their HDMI ports. MHL had no port or cable to call its own, but it had an altered protocol based on the same TMDS technology behind...

Apple TV 2013 (A1469) Short Review: Analysis of a New A5

The Apple TV is an incredibly relevant device today. It’s Apple’s attempt to augment the Netflixes and Hulu Pluses of the world with an on-demand cable TV alternative. Other...

50 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/15/2013

Samsung's TV Discovery Service Enables TV to Smartphone/Tablet Streaming

I'm not entirely sure I understand the point of MWC this year if everyone is going to pre-empt the show with announcements of their own (or in the case...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/22/2013

Anand's Thoughts on Intel's TV Initiative

Earlier this week Intel announced what we'd heard rumors of in months past, that it would be creating an IPTV service along with a custom software and hardware platform...

97 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/14/2013

Times are Changing: Intel Building an IPTV Service + Box

The most interesting things at CES were the things that weren't at CES. While I'll discuss the others in due time, one notable absence from CES was the often...

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/12/2013

Qualcomm MPQ8064 Reference Design Shown Off at CES 2013

The Avenger MPQ8064 Reference Design Tucked away in the Qualcomm both were a few reference designs intended to show off the potential of the Snapdragon S4 Prime SoC (MPQ8064), a...

5 by Jason Inofuentes on 1/10/2013

Sony SMP-N200: Smarting Up Your Old TV

Moving TVs off the shelf is no easy task, so the industry joins in hyping initiatives every year. Last year it was 3D, this year it's Smart. We haven't...

6 by Jason Inofuentes on 9/19/2011

Westinghouse Brings LED & Netflix Enabled TVs to Budget Conscious Consumers

At CES 2011, Westinghouse introduced flat screen TVs ranging from 26" to 60" in size. All the models are targeted towards the budget conscious customer, implying probably lowest cost...

9 by Ganesh T S on 1/12/2011

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