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Belkin Cans FlyWire Wireless HDMI

A year ago we reported that Belkin was bringing out a wireless HDMI solution called the FlyWire for home theater loves who have a hate for cables.

The FlyWire system consists of a transmitter and a receiver that connects to most HD devices. According to Belkin literature, FlyWire can adjust both its frequency and power to overcome interference. Furthermore, the company says the video signal is transmitted without compression and is of the same quality as if it were sent through an HDMI cable. The system is HDCP compatible, something that should make the MPAA and RIAA very happy.

As cool as the product sounds, it'll never see the light of day. CNet has confirmed with Belkin that the FlyWire product has been cancelled. Specifically, a Belkin representative said that FlyWire was canceled because "its retail price of $1,499 would be out of line given the current state of the economy."

Given the price of HDMI cables (if you buy them from the right place) and the falling price of Blu-ray Disc players to as low as $100, a $1,499 wireless system does seem out of line.

Hopefully someday we'll see the product return at a new, affordable price point.

  • bigalfantasy2004
    Wow, no doubt at $1499 that "solution" would be cancelled.
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  • burnley14
    Isn't that new Eee keyboard supposed to use wireless HDMI? And that only costs $200 extra I thought.
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  • rigaudio
    That's a shame. Hopefully the costs will come down in the next decade.
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  • 1BadMF
    Just think how fast our world technology would advance if money wasn't a factor.
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  • flinxsl
    HDMI standard is 3.4 Gb/s. There is no wonder it has to be so expensive to fit into any sort of reasonable bandwidth. I don't see this ever being economical to manufacture.
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  • flinxsl
    1BadMFJust think how fast our world technology would advance if money wasn't a factor.
    look no farther than the military
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  • nerdherd
    Sure, wireless HDMI for $1500 is crazy. But there are other much more affordable solutions out there. Brite-view makes one that's about $400. Granted, that's still more than I would pay for it, but it's certainly better than $1500.
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  • fwupow
    For reasons beyond human comprehension, Belkin can't manufacture so much as a bag tie for less than $175.00.
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  • anamaniac
    Wireless is nice, maybe if you're in a public area with a laptop and want to watch a decent deffinition movie.

    Other than that, I prefer to avoid wireless because of interference and generally less reliability than wired.
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  • matt87_50
    doesn't sony have "wireless tvs"? where the tv just has the screen in it and just a power connector, then all the inputs are in a separate box that then wirelessly transmits the picture to the tv? I think this is a great idea, cause they could build the box into one of their av receivers and you wouldn't have any inputs wasted on the tv, everything would go thru the receiver. having said all this, sony is certainly not afraid to introduce expensive products, as such, this wireless tv IS at least 1k to 2k more expensive than its normal counterpart.
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