| | 09-19-2012, 08:43 PM #1
I just saw some info on Smartglass and I think the extra info on a second screen is neat, but Microsoft is overestimating the number of adults that are willing to turn on an Xbox to stream media. So the glaring question: will I be able to mirror my Windows Phone 8 device on a tv?
Unless you have a Samsung phone and tv with Allshare, I'm afraid the answer seems to be "no". I would need something connected to my tv to receive the feed, and a Windows 8 PC seems to fit my needs quite well as a premium tv/digital music library/streaming service/blu-ray, cd, & DVD player/recorder. It's also great because I can install programs that let me mirror an iPad or iPhone to the PC.
DLNA and standard AirPlay are neat, but they fall prey to 2 problems. First, the recipient device needs to understand the codec of the file being played. Then there's the fact that not every app supports standard airplay/DLNA streaming, so you may not be able to throw whatever you're looking at (such as a game or presentation) without that support.
So how do I mirror my windows phone 8? All the new models lack even an hdmi or mhl port, but not even a wireless option? What gives?