TwonkyBeam is free software that lets you stream media directly from your browser to devices around your home. Send music, photos or video from popular Web sites, including Flickr®, YouTube™ and LastFM™, directly to your connected TV or stereo. TwonkyBeam is the newest member of the award-winning TwonkyMedia family of media-sharing software products.
TwonkyBeam is an easy to use browser plug-in that works with Internet Explorer®. It downloads and installs on your PC in less than a minute, then simply right-click on media to beam it to your player of choice. You can also expand TwonkyBeam to show all of the available media on a Web page. Just click on the media you want, select a media player and hit play. In seconds, you'll be enjoying high-quality audio on your stereo or viewing photos or video on your TV. TwonkyBeam can even stream high-definition video over your network.
Plays Well with Others
TwonkyBeam works with a wide range of consumer electronics and software, including PV's own TwonkyMedia™ manager. Popular devices that are compatible with TwonkyBeam include Sony® Bravia®, SAMSUNG and Loewe HDTVs, as well as networked stereo receivers from Denon or Pioneer®. You can even purchase a low-cost digital media adapter from Linksys®, Philips, Yamaha or others to use with the gear you already have.
TwonkyBeam will be available for free on September 23, 2009 at twonkymedia.com.
TwonkyBeam immediately recognized my Samsung 8000 series LED TV so I thought I would give it a whirl.
TwonkyBeam picks up images and videos from the website you are viewing and allows you to “push” them to your compatible device. This is similar to using “Play To” for those who have dabbled in Windows 7.
I opened my YouTube page and my videos started showing up in the Beam panel. They were not labeled so it was hard to figure out what video I was going to send to the TV.
I clicked play and nothing happened in the Beam browser but I walked over to the TV and there was one of my YouTube videos playing on the screen. It looked pretty good too!
I didn’t get a good feedback from the Beam gadget that it was playing but this is a beta. It also only works in IE right now.
The big test will be to run this by my two-year old to see if he is satisfied with it’s ability to get train and tractor videos to the big screen! Time will tell.