intel widi Intel updates WiDi drivers, adds 1080p support, HDCP protection

If you've got a recent Intel powered notebook with an Intel network card in it, there's a big chance that you have WiDi support in your notebook without even knowing about it. That said, you'd need a little box that hooks up to your TV to take advantage of video streaming over Wi-Fi, but so far HDCP protected content hasn't been possible to stream. Well, that was until today when Intel launched new drivers which solved that problem.

intel widi Intel updates WiDi drivers, adds 1080p support, HDCP protection

If you've got a recent Intel powered notebook with an Intel network card in it, there's a big chance that you have WiDi support in your notebook without even knowing about it. That said, you'd need a little box that hooks up to your TV to take advantage of video streaming over Wi-Fi, but so far HDCP protected content hasn't been possible to stream. Well, that was until today when Intel launched new drivers which solved that problem.

As a technology, WiDi is pretty cool as it uses standard Wi-Fi technology to stream video up to 1080p resolution; depending on the box on the receiving end as first generation WiDi boxes are limited to 720p. The new drivers do not only add support for HDCP 2.0 content from DVD and Blu-ray discs, but also from copy protected online content. Guess what? That ties in nicely with Intel's Intel Insider video streaming service which allows you to download and stream HD video over the internet, well, at least as long as you live in the right country.

The new drivers also add better support for Intel's new HD graphics 3000 series and H.264 hardware encoding. It's worth noting that you need a CPU with Intel HD graphics 3000 to be able to stream certain content which Intel simply refers to as “premium content” which we presume is anything with HDCP encryption. For the full details of what hardware and software you need to make all this work, hit the link below.

Source: Intel