Belkin Officially Cuts The FlyWire

Posted Mon Jul 20, 2009 at 10:00 AM PDT by Mike Attebery

A wireless HDMI poster child bites the dust.

According to a press release from Belkin, it’s now official: the FlyWire, the company’s oft touted wireless HDMI transmitter, has been put down. A seemingly strong contender and one of the most well known wireless HDMI devices, it was an impressive, if expensive unit.

Belkin’s release states “We realize that its retail price of $1499 would be out of line given the current state of the economy. With that in mind, we’ve opted to halt production of FlyWire.” It seems though, that a $1499 piece of hardware designed to save a few cords would appeal to a niche market in any economy, and would still have an appeal to a lot of consumers.

To the disappointed and expectant purchasers of the FlyWire Belkin says “We know there will be some disappointed folks out there, but our end goal is to introduce products that are accessible and that make sense in the current environment.”

Belkin doesn’t seem to think there’s much consumer demand for their higher end product. With the recent release of cheaper, lower signal quality options, like the Atlona HDAiR, we should see a fairly telling indicator of how much demand there is for wireless HDMI technology.

See what people are saying about this story in our forums area, or check out other recent discussions.

Tags: Belkin, FlyWire, Industry Trends, Wireless HDMI (all tags)