Ok, this is the coolest thing I’ve seen all week. One of the reasons I could never get excited about streaming movies and TV shows from sites like Amazon, iTunes and Netflix is because I already spend about 23 hours a day at this computer. Why would I want to spend one second more staring at this screen if I could pop a ‘Gilmore Girls’ DVD into the TV and watch it while lying in bed eating a high-cal Lorelai-like snack? I wouldn’t, and that’s just all there is to it.
But here’s the good news: I don’t have to choose. There are all sorts of cool devices that let you stream movies and TV shows to your TV, and Veebeam is one of the best (and coolest looking – does it look like Darth Vader’s helmet or what?). It’s also super easy to use:
- Plug the Veebeam box into your TV.
- Plug the USB antenna into your laptop.
- Download the Veebeam software.
- Watch cool stuff on your TV.
See? Easy-peasy. No wires, no clutter, and it streams up to 1080p for a crisp, clean, colorful picture. The signal is even effective through walls. I should also mention that there’s a couple of ways to use Veebeam:
Screencasting Mode (default): Use this mode to display your desktop or share Web sites with friends and family. This is the mode you’ll see when you first insert the USB antenna into your laptop.
Video Play-To Mode: Use this mode for the best video quality when playing downloaded media files (not applicable to Web sites). One advantage over Screencasting Mode is the multi-tasking factor. When using Video Play-To Mode, you can stream to your TV while writing emails, surfing the Web, or chatting with your Facebook buddies.
Look, as a family entertainment writer, I spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen — because I have a lot of stuff to watch and review — so I’m super excited about Veebeam, which is available in both SD ($99) and HD ($149). Check it out on Amazon, and watch this video that explains a little more…