New Belkin FlyWire™ Delivers HD Video and Audio Wirelessly to Any HDTV, Anywhere in Your Home

Belkin FlyWireBy eliminating the need for unsightly cables and labor-intensive custom installation, Belkin’s FlyWire offers endless placement possibilities for your HDTV

The new Belkin FlyWire is the simple solution that gives you the freedom and flexibility to place your HDTV where you want—without cables. Featuring an intuitive and simple setup, FlyWire wirelessly connects devices such as Blu-ray® players, receivers, video-game consoles, and set-top boxes to HDTVs and projectors, transmitting high-definition 1080p True Cinema picture resolution with whole-home range.

Belkin FlyWire

As the first offering in the FlyWire family, this solution provides a whole-home range with the capability of penetrating walls and AV cabinets. You can now hide your AV components away in a cabinet or a closet, creating an uncluttered living and home-entertainment environment. You can also mount your projector on the ceiling without the hassle of cables.

Operating in the open 5GHz band, FlyWire offers a completely robust connection. It intelligently manages its own connection, adjusting both frequency and power to avoid interference and overcome impedances. Because FlyWire does not compress video, it transmits video content with no latency. Even the most demanding AV applications, like video games, will not be impaired by the wireless transmission. FlyWire’s SD card slot also allows for upgrade and expansion options.

FlyWire comes with a transmitter that connects to your AV components (digital HD or analog) and a receiver that mounts to your HDTV, allowing you to place your HDTV in the living room, kitchen, or even outdoors.

With custom installation costs reaching up to $3000, FlyWire gives you the same custom-installed look without the complications, mess, and labor of wiring.

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STATISTICS

  • In a 2007 study by Parks Associates, researchers found that 49% of respondents wanted to mount their flat-panel TVs; however, only 28% were successful in doing so.
  • The CEA indicates in their January 2008 Industry Forecasts report that sales of flat-panel TVs in 2007 grew year-over-year by 52%.
  • ABI Research projects installations of wireless HDTVs to grow 142% between 2007 and 2013.



Installations of Wireless HDTV in the Home Worldwide Forecast: ABI



AVAILABILITY

  • FlyWire: Late October 2008 in US, Canada, Europe, Asia
  • *(UPDATED 09/08) Availability changed to November 2008

  • FlyWire R1: Q1 2009 in US, Canada, Europe, Asia
  • *(UPDATED 09/08) Availability changed to Second half of 2009

Belkin is introducing two versions of FlyWire:

FlyWire (AV69003) – US: $999.99
*(UPDATED 09/08) Price changed to $1499.99

  • Offers whole-home range and penetrates walls and windows
  • Includes IR backchannel, allowing you to control AV devices that might be hidden in AV cabinets, closets, or other rooms
  • Includes a remote control for switching between inputs
  • As another option, FlyWire also offers an IR receiver and IR blaster attachments to allow you to use your existing remote controls
  • Automatic frequency hopping, which searches for the best available frequency whenever FlyWire detects interference in the area

FlyWire R1 (AV69000) – US: $699.99 introductory price

  • In-room wireless solution
  • Includes a remote control for switching between inputs
  • Automatic frequency hopping, which searches for the best available frequency whenever FlyWire detects interference in the area

Typical HDTV setup problems that FlyWire solves:

  • Space constraints due to cable or satellite jack locations and challenging room layouts
  • Wall-mounting that causes wiring problems
  • Fireplaces, brick, and plaster walls can complicate in-wall installation due to costly and labor-intensive AV cable wiring

Belkin FlyWire

QUOTES:

Steve Wilson, Principal Analyst for ABI Research:

  • Wireless connectivity between HDTVs and home theater equipment is the next big thing on the horizon for living-room consumer electronics.
  • With the proliferation of flat-panel TVs, consumers are now confronted with how to position their TVs in their living space in the cleanest way possible. People want more flexibility in where they place their TV and they don’t want to worry about wiring it to the rest of their equipment.
  • The FlyWire solution uses a robust wireless technology designed specifically for transmitting video signals and is a solid approach to enabling wireless HDTV flat-panel installation.

Hanoz Gandhi, VP of Products for Belkin International, Inc.:

  • More and more people are buying HDTVs, but once they bring them home, they’re realizing that there are limitations as to where they can actually place their new TVs.
  • These limitations include: awkward media niches built into living room corners, high costs and challenges of mounting TVs above fireplaces, and unsightly cables running along walls.
  • FlyWire solves these problems so that people can take back their living rooms and design their living rooms the way they want.

Technical Specifications:

  • Connections:
    • Inputs
      • 3x HDMI (one of which has an optional L/R Audio to address DVI inputs)
      • 2x Component + L/R Audio
      • 1x Composite or 1x S-video
          +L/R Audio (RCA)
    • Interconnect
      • Wireless
    • Output
      • 1x HDMI
  • Supported Resolutions
    • 1080p True Cinema
    • 1080i
    • 720p
    • 576p
    • 576i
    • 480p
    • 480i
  • Remote Control Type: IR (with RF repeater)
  • Supports 3rd Party IR Remotes and Universal Remotes
  • Frequency:
    • Audio and Video: 5GHz
    • Remote Control Repeater: 2.4GHz

FlyWire Package includes:

  • FlyWire Transmitter
  • FlyWire Receiver with Wall-Mounting Bracket
  • FlyWire Remote Control
  • IR Receiver and Blaster
  • (3) HDMI Cables

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