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  • BigStream Streamlines iOS Streaming




    Bigstream, a soon-to-be released device for iOS, will provide an incredibly simple way for users to stream their screen output to an external display. It's offering features similar to Apple TV's AirPlay, with some more particular add-ons.

    

Bigstream plugs directly into the 30 pin dock connector and wirelessly transmits signal to a receiver which is connected to the external display via a composite cable. The company says this reduces latency. Why is this device different from the Apple TV? They're touting that the device can work in tandem with the 2nd gen Apple TV, but Bigstream offers a couple advantages not seen currently on Apple's tiny streaming device. 



    First, Bigstream requires almost no setup, as the connection is ad-hoc. There's no need to connect to a wireless network, which the company says is great for the device's portability. You can easily use the device in your home and then bring it to a meeting or public place, and Bigstream will work just the same. Second, the device can display video from 3rd-party apps, and because there's almost no latency, it allows users to play games with an input device like another iOS device. The [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viVIRMXxXbY&feature=player_embedded"]demo[/ame] video shot at CES shows an iPad connected via BigStream, being controlled by an iPhone, something not possible at this point with the Apple TV.

    The device is $99 on BigStream's web site. They're also offering a device compatibility page to check if your devices will work with bigstream (it will actually work with the iPod nano as well as most iOS devices).

    Bigstream should be available in about a month.

    Source:
    TUAW
    This article was originally published in forum thread: BigStream Streamlines iOS Streaming

 started by Matt Savoca View original post
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. Joshuawilde's Avatar
      Joshuawilde -
      First, wish i had that kind of money
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Lol at the headline. Also I think I would want to use an iPad to control an iPhone. Lol
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Is there a way to plug in a dock connector into the unit as well? Seems like this thing is going to be a giant battery hog if it runs off the idevice battery
    1. djrbx's Avatar
      djrbx -
      What program did he use to control the iPad using the iPhone?

      Reason I ask is because I've been looking to replace my ugly desktop with a device that can receive streams from my slingbox, hulu, and netflix. I know they're are a lot of devices that can do the later two, but there are not a lot of devices that also do slingbox. With this device, I can get rid of my ugly old desktop and just use my iPad connected to the TV to watch television. Only Issue I have is controlling the iPad but on the video, it shows them using the iPhone for that specific task.
    1. sacbut34's Avatar
      sacbut34 -
      This is a cool gadget. Any idea what game he is playing during the demo?
    1. bluewoodboarder's Avatar
      bluewoodboarder -
      Quote Originally Posted by sacbut34 View Post
      This is a cool gadget. Any idea what game he is playing during the demo?
      He says it during the video. It's called The Incident. It's available as a universal app for $2.99 and you can control it with another iOS device.

      It's also available on the mac app store but I don't think it supports a iOS controller or i just haven't figured that out yet on my mac.
    1. davidmdowning42's Avatar
      davidmdowning42 -
      So, does it work on anything that supports video out? Or does it work for everything since it uses the pin connector? Or do the apps have to specifically support BigStream?
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by davidmdowning42 View Post
      So, does it work on anything that supports video out? Or does it work for everything since it uses the pin connector? Or do the apps have to specifically support BigStream?
      I think it works for everything. Good question though.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Looks pretty decent, don't think I'd spend that much for it though.
    1. Legend_master's Avatar
      Legend_master -
      To bad it's not HDMI and optical sound, plus it needs some type of port to charge the iDevice while using the mainstream dongle.
    1. digzz's Avatar
      digzz -
      No HDMI = Fail !!!!
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      Quote Originally Posted by digzz View Post
      No HDMI = Fail !!!!
      Forget HDMI, this thing isn't even component! This is using sh!tty composite connectors?? I literally laughed when I saw that. I wouldn't pay $99 for anything that still has a 1985 yellow RCA connector on it.. get real dude.

      Remember how ****** your N64 and SNES looked when you hooked it up to your HDTV? Yeah.. this thing would look awful. If it was $20 MAYBE.. MAYBE. But this is no replacement for even hooking up Apple's component cable.. I'll stick with the cable, thanks. Call me when you support ANYTHING above analog 480i.

      LOL.. look at their 'specs' page.. doesn't even list resolution or connector type.. hahah http://getbigstream.com/productDetails/

      Also this is an outright lie.. they claim they support 480p. Sorry bud, that's not possible with an Analog connection.. are you guys for real? Maybe I should sue for false advertising http://getbigstream.com/_docs/Bigstr...FAQs%20ENG.pdf

      Lastly, the iPad's screen is black during this demonstration. My bet is it can't process video on both the iPad and the TV. On top of that, how would you control it if you were playing something like Angry Birds? You can't see what you're clicking! Even if you did use an iPhone to control it, is it gonna send the video over there so you can see what you're doing? Bet you my lunch money it doesn't. This thing is completely worthless.
    1. cleggers's Avatar
      cleggers -
      Not a bad idea, can't see myself using it tho
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      What about the other way around? Why not transmit videos from your computer to your iPad? That way I can choose to stream any of my 200+ movies directly to my eyeballs as I chill in bed.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      What about the other way around? Why not transmit videos from your computer to your iPad? That way I can choose to stream any of my 200+ movies directly to my eyeballs as I chill in bed.
      But you can't control the computer. Unless you were also running Team Viewer at the same time.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      But you can't control the computer. Unless you were also running Team Viewer at the same time.
      That would be the exact issue
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      i think its a great idea but without at least a component connection i wouldnt want it