The Bigstream is an interesting idea that isn’t quite ready for prime-time but we’re talking about it in case there’s someone out there who can really benefit.
In a nutshell, it’s a device that enables you to wirelessly stream the contents of your iOS device (iPhone, iPod, iPad) to a television screen. It works with native iOS apps like Photos, YouTube and Videos – plus, others such as NetFlix, Keynote and Chopper 2.
You connect a battery-powered dongle (that lasts for two hours on a charge) to your iOS device and the chunky receiver unit to your television, select one of three narrowcast channels to use for your streaming video and then – voila – watch whatever you want (supported apps only) on your TV.
In principle, this sounds like a great way to share movies, presentations, photos, games and just about anything you want on a large screen television.
Now, for the bad. First, why not simply use Airplay? You’re already on iOS – just make the receiver Airplay compatible. Or, better still, buy an Apple TV for the same price and get more functionality. Worse yet, the receiver only has a composite video output with stereo RCA audio jacks. Most TV’s nowadays ship with HDMI as standard. You’re going to have to hunt for an old fashioned set to make this product sing.
Perhaps this is better suited to using with hotel televisions that are, often, from the stone ages and lack inputs to override their in-room video services. Using component video just might be able to get around their restrictions. I don’t know.
For what it’s worth, this could be the product that you’re looking for. I’m not so sure myself.