Push Videos from an iPad 2 to an HDTV Wirelessly without AirPlay

AirPlay is a great way to stream videos from iPhones, iPod touches and iPads to AirPlay devices such as the Apple TV, but the technology is somewhat crippled, as it requires an AirPlay-enabled receiver to work. The technology might soon be built into HDTVs, but until then, the only alternative to AirPlay is Apple’s Digital AV cable, as it will allow you to connect your device to your HDTV via an HDMI cable. If tethering your iPad to your TV is not practical for you, and if you don’t own an Apple TV, a couple of iOS fans came up with an elegant and simple alternative: using an HDMI wireless extender. The setup is simple, as all you need to do is to connect your iOS device to an HDMI transmitter via Apple’s Digital AV cable, to ‘stream’ the videos played on the device to an HDMI receiver plugged to your TV. The method is a bit crude, and the setup is bulky, but it works. Note that a wireless HDMI transmitter will set you back at least $150, so you might be better off buying the second generation Apple TV instead. Even better, wait for AirPlay-enabled HDTVs to be available later this year.