What the heck is MHL technology anyways?

Hey Zoopers, if you are still flumexed by the MHL contest, then check out this blog. It has everything you need to know about the technology in order to be successful for this contest.

What is MHL technology?

MHL, or Mobile High-Definition Link, is a new audiovisual standard taking hold in the marketplace that is expanding the capabilities of mobile devices to integrate with high-definition televisions and other displays. It is conceptually similar to the way digital signals have expanded the amount of information that can be compacted and displayed on television compared to analog. And the great news is: chances are pretty good that your smartphone and HDTV are already MHL-compliant.

The consortium that was established in 2010 to develop, standardize and specify the licensing and promotion of this technology is being led by Nokia Corporation; Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.; Silicon Image, Inc.; Sony Corporation; and Toshiba Corporation-all competing companies who are currently working together to make sure this standard lives up to its potential. The goal of the consortium is to ensure that this standard is open so that adopters can “enhance the multimedia capabilities of mobile phones and portable devices by enabling them to fully integrate with HDTV’s and other CE products.”

Who needs to know?

  • Consumers of content, those of us who love the information and entertainment we can access on our mobile devices, will like that MHL makes it easier, cheaper, and faster to see our favorite stuff on bigger screens with better processors, without having to invest in or use any bulky new equipment.
  • Content and application developers and providers can’t wait to be able to offer better content in a richer, multimedia environment that is much more widely distributed.
  • Consumer electronics manufacturers are eager to integrate with the rapidly expanding mobile device market and find new ways to reach more people.
  • Service operators will be able to meet the demands of their customers for ever-better quality music, movies and more.

Why would you use MHL?

  • Connect your phone to your big HDTV and watch anything you want without ever running out of a charge again.
  • Use your phone’s maps and apps while driving by connecting to your car’s dashboard display.
  • Project your company presentations straight from your phone or tablet, and leave the laptop at home.
  • The potential is great, so great that we’re still imagining all the possible applications. Share your ideas about why you think MHL technology is important by submitting a video to our online video contest at: Zooppa.com/mhl.

How does it work?

If you have a high-definition television (one that allows for more pixels and lines per screen, up to 1080 compared to standard TV’s 480) and a mobile device (i.e. phone or tablet), check to see if they are MHL-compatible. Most newer devices from big name providers are MHL-compatible.

  • The new standard uses a standard USB micro connector that comes with most phones and tablets to connect to a standard HDMI cable to connect to your HDTV. This connection via the cable’s five-pin interface actually charges your phone while you watch, leveraging the TV’s connection to the wall outlet. That’s it!
  • Without this technology, if you were to connect your phone to a TV to watch your favorite movies/shows, your phone battery would drain before you could see the exciting conclusion.
  • If only your phone is MHL compatible, you can buy an MHL cable (about $17) to enable TV charging even if your TV is not equipped with the standard.
  • Another unique benefit of this technology is that it allows you to control your mobile device with you TV’s remote control. No more thumb and eye fatigue texting your commands.

Though at first glance, MHL may not seem like fodder for dinner conversation, but connectivity is what’s most important to us all, and MHL (and technologies like it) enable it.

Meme E

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