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    Default Send Video to your TV via Wi-Fi with the Plair Dongle


    If you want to stream video from your Mac but donít have an Apple TV, than you are in luck! At the recent Consumer Electronics Show, a company by the name of Plair introduced a dongle that will allow users to stream any video they want directly to a TVís HDMI port over Wi-Fi.

    Some of you may be wondering why anyone would want to use the dongle instead of just using something like Apple TV. The item is ideal for those who donít have Mountain Lion on their Mac and canít share their display over AirPlay and also for those who also have PCs in the house and want to stream video from that as well. These arenít the only two reasons either but basically Plair seems to be more universal than a lot of options out there.

    The device works by connecting to your TVís HDMI port and will stream any video from your Mac, PC, iPhone, or Android onto your big screen. Users just have to download the Plair app and theyíll be able to have everything working. Youíll be able to stream video to your iPhone too with the Plair app, but due to licensing issues, only a certain number of shows will be available.

    The dongle isnít chock full of features compared to some of its alternatives such as the Apple TV or Roku. This means no Netflix or Hulu, but users are still given the option to stream those services from their computer to their TV. The dongle will be sporting a $99 price tag once itís launched with an expected release sometime in Q2 of 2013.

    Source: Plair via Gizmodo Australia

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    I like this idea still a bit expensive for such simple products :/ also maybe tell the price earlier in the story, like before you compare it to the Apple TV cause I thought it was going to be about 20$ but then you compared it to the Apple TV so I quickly scrolled down to see the price

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    A great idea/product, but the price point is way too high.
    I can get an Apple TV, WD Live or Roku for the same price. And, as you said in the article, I get more features.

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    I thought you could stream a PC with Apple TV??

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    Price is way to high. Cut it in 1/2 at the very least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tabit View Post
    I thought you could stream a PC with Apple TV??
    You can (at least I do to my jailbroken Apple TV).
    I use a PC as my media server and play the video via XBMC on my Apple TV.

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    Lets wait for a cheap chinese clone.
    I already do it using ps3mediaserver on my pc, and connecting my bravia tv to the media server wirelessly. But this dongle is universal ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by FilSmith View Post
    A great idea/product, but the price point is way too high.
    I can get an Apple TV, WD Live or Roku for the same price. And, as you said in the article, I get more features.
    I want to be able to stream wirelessly to my TV does anyone knows the advantages/disadvanges of each of the above mentioned devices? Apple TV vs. WD Live vs. Roku vs. Vee Beam HD?

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    If this is 99 dollars then why not just buy an apple tv?

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