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March 12, 2013

WhereverTV Plans to Add Miracast Support to its Android Application

By Mandira Srivastava, TMCnet Contributor

To steam video from an Android (News - Alert) device to your television set, WhereverTV's Android application for smartphones and TabletPCs is in the pipeline.

WhereverTV Broadcasting delivers over-the-top (OTT) subscription television services to a variety of devices, including ConnectedTVs, streaming media players, smartphones and TabletPCs.

 Mark Cavicchia, WhereverTV's CEO, said, "In October 2012, this innovative technology got a tremendous boost when Google (News - Alert) announced it would implement the Miracast solution in Android 4.2 and beyond and has since made it available on the Nexus 4 smartphone. As we continue into 2013, there will be a rapidly growing number of smartphones and TabletPCs that will take advantage of this technology. And since Google is now activating more than 1.3 million new Android devices every day, it only makes sense that WhereverTV's Android application be enhanced to include Miracast capabilities as well."

This solution has plans to add Wi-Fi Alliance's (News - Alert) Miracast screencasting capabilities to WhereverTV's Android application for smartphones and TabletPC.

“It is estimated that Apple (News - Alert) has shipped more than eight million Apple TVs, including two million during the final quarter of 2012,” Cavicchia added. “However, these numbers are only a small fraction of the total number of Wi-Fi enabled smartphones and TabletPCs in users' hands and TVs in their living rooms. It is this much broader audience that the Wi-Fi Alliance is targeting with Miracast.”

“Both Apple's AirPlay (News - Alert) and Wi-Fi Alliance's Miracast address this consumer expectation,” he added. “But unlike AirPlay's video streaming capabilities, which are limited to Apple hardware, Miracast relies on Wi-Fi Direct to deliver content between smartphones, TabletPCs, TVs, and set-top boxes from a number of manufacturers.”

Edited by Braden Becker

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