The Apple TV is attempting to solve one simple but important problem which can let it grab a niche market. The Apple TV has in built Airplay, using which, the iPod ( Video as well) and the iPhones can stream the videos over the TV.
According to some of the information available using the iOS 4.2 iPad or iPhone, you can connecto to Apple TV wirelessly and you do not need any wire.
The Airplay technology allows two compatible devices to stream the data between them. FOr example if you have a Airplay compatible Speaker system, you can send streaming audio to the Airplay compatible Speaker System.
Apple TV is esssentially a Airplay-compatible device. In simple terms it means that it can accept streaming video and audio from other Apple devices. Apparently iTunes content are not the only things that can be broadcasted to Apple TV. Any H.264 encoded video or audio can be broadcast over Airplay to HDTV.
Apparently it looks like any video that can play on iOS 4.2 ( Apples operating system version 4.2) including Facebook video, YouTub etc can be beamed to your AppleTV via Airplay.
It is expected that people would be happy to show off the videos they like on bigger screen rather than on smaller iPad, iPhone. Apple is expected to gain by selling the bundle of the Tv and the iPad, itunes and iPhone.
Intel is slowly gearing up with its own WiDi ( Wireless Display) technology. The Core i3, core i5 and core i7 processors along with the intel chipsets do supprt the intel Widi technology. Some of the notebooks have stared appearing in the market that allow the display of the notebook content on the HDTV. Reviews have found a delay between the notebook screen display and the TV display which render it useless for real time applications like playing game. However, intel’s Widi promises good movie watching experience. People will need a Push2TV adapter that they can plug in on their HDTV to be able to receive the wireless signals from the WiDi enabled notebooks.
It will be interesting to see the Wireless display technologies in the near future. It is a emerging market and there is still a long way to go before its use is universallly visible.