Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Posted by Richard Chao in "Digital Home News" @ 05:03 PM
"Apple Inc. (AAPL) is weighing an expansion of its AirPlay audio service to include streaming video from an iPhone or iPad to television sets, according to two people familiar with the project."
Bloomberg is reporting that Apple is considering licensing its AirPlay service to TV manufacturers for integration at the device level. AirPlay is a competitor to DLNA which more prevalent in Windows PCs. With AirPlay integration, devices running iOS will be able to stream audio and video to any AirPlay enabled device wirelessly.
Licensing AirPlay to TV manufacturers could have a big impact on Apple's own Apple TV device as well as other stand alone boxes such Boxee Box and Roku as your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch essentially becomes your streaming box. If AirPlay is widely adopted, everyone who has an i device will have a Roku like equivalent box with them all the time. Sharing home videos and pictures will become easier too.