Look Ma! No Wires HDTV!

Digital television promises to bring crystal clear images to your screen. HDTV promises incredible detail. And IPTV holds out the promise of all sorts of new forms of video entertainment streamed across the Internet. And what’s wrong with this picture?

All this content is delivered to a single location in most homes: a cable box, or a computer, or an antenna feed. So long as your TV-watching takes place in central location, it’s no problem. If you want to have personal choice and private viewing (or listening) experience options in the other parts of the house, it gets trickier. You have to string wires all over the place, and different solutions require different wires. Some construction makes wiring difficult, and if you rent your home, rewiring may not even be an option.

Ruckus Wireless plans to demonstrate a solution next week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next week in Las Vegas. According to the company, their product can “transmit multiple HDTV, DTV and IPTV streams over a standard in-home 802.11g Wi-Fi network.” If it works as advertised and is affordable, this could be an important way to easily distribute entertainment content throughout your home.

I’ll be at CES and will try to check out the Ruckus Wireless demonstration, and will let you know what I think of it. So stay tuned.