Turn Your TV Into a Smart TV With Your Smartphone

Wirelessly link your smartphone to your TV.

By Amir Segev on January 4, 2013

Modern digital life makes content and entertainment available just about anywhere, yet end-users may struggle with the added complexity involved with content consumption. More hardware, complicated setup and limited mobility often stand between them and an experience that will fulfill the promise of “anywhere and anytime.” But, a simple solution could already be waiting in your pocket. Literally.

Many smartphones provide all that is needed for a complete mobile content consumption experience – they are powerful, they are almost always with us, and they are connected. With Screenovate’s Miracast Plus stack, the ability to turn a smartphone into the tool that delivers content to many screens is unleashed.

For example, Smart TVs can do more than just play content from over-the-air or cable broadcasters. But, an average Smart TV costs anywhere from $1,500 to $3,000, and recent market research by ABI shows that only 16 percent of U.S. households today have a Smart TV. How would the market be impacted if mobile service providers could provide customers an opportunity to acquire Smart TV capability for a fraction of the cost of a Smart TV at the store, using the power of a smartphone to allow access to an endless selection of content and entertainment?

A high performing Miracast solution enables that, and Screenovate’s Miracast Plus stack delivers a wide range of scenarios, all beginning with the smartphone. While the living room is the traditional place to enjoy a great visual experience, beaming content from the smartphone to another screen is just as effective in the car, at the gym or when a consumer needs to break the boundaries of the traditional screen.

Beaming content from the phone to a bigger screen must be balanced with maintaining the functionality a consumer expects. The Screenovate solution allows an HD movie to be beamed to a big screen TV from a smartphone, while allowing the phone to keep functioning as a smartphone, independently of the beamed content. It also allows game players to access a customized gamepad controller that fits the game’s and the player’s needs when that game is beamed to the big screen. And with usability always in mind, the solution makes it simple to keep eyes on the big screen when browsing the Web, rather than moving them back and forth between the big screen and the smartphone itself.

The smartphone has come a long way over the past few years, becoming a very powerful, personalized and versatile computing device – we can now make it the centerpiece of our digital lives.

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