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    I just saw some info on Smartglass and I think the extra info on a second screen is neat, but Microsoft is overestimating the number of adults that are willing to turn on an Xbox to stream media. So the glaring question: will I be able to mirror my Windows Phone 8 device on a tv?

    Unless you have a Samsung phone and tv with Allshare, I'm afraid the answer seems to be "no". I would need something connected to my tv to receive the feed, and a Windows 8 PC seems to fit my needs quite well as a premium tv/digital music library/streaming service/blu-ray, cd, & DVD player/recorder. It's also great because I can install programs that let me mirror an iPad or iPhone to the PC.

    DLNA and standard AirPlay are neat, but they fall prey to 2 problems. First, the recipient device needs to understand the codec of the file being played. Then there's the fact that not every app supports standard airplay/DLNA streaming, so you may not be able to throw whatever you're looking at (such as a game or presentation) without that support.

    So how do I mirror my windows phone 8? All the new models lack even an hdmi or mhl port, but not even a wireless option? What gives?
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    Can't see it myself.

    Especially as the number of codecs supported by WP is pretty much the same as any DLNA consumer device (the xbox is no better).

    I can't see a WP playing back anything your TV wouldn't already. If you manage to get extra codecs on the WP, i don't know if it'll have the power to actually decode anything of a meaningful bitrate.
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    I've been saying forever that Microsoft really needs to match Apple's AirPlay mirroring, as opposed to just the Airplay features that are years old.

    It doesn't seem to be happening though; it's not in Windows 8 or the 360 dashboard.

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