“Mountain Lion, the latest version of Apple’s OS X desktop operating system, went public Wednesday to the delight of Mac users everywhere,” Roberto Baldwin reports for Wired. “But while the world fawns over updates to Safari and a number of features cribbed from iOS, most people are skipping over perhaps the most significant update of all: AirPlay Mirroring.”

“Don’t look now, but Apple just created a formidable cord-cutting platform. The new operating system can change the way we watch video in the living room, and might even compel some users to finally cancel their cable and satellite services,” Baldwin reports. “Any video content that’s available for the computer can now be just as easily watched on an HDTV. All you need is a Mac running Mountain Lion, and a $100 Apple TV.”

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Baldwin reports, “The new AirPlay mirroring feature should have the Xfinitys and DirecTVs of the world very concerned… Hulu’s free, PC-only streaming library is suddenly available on your TV without Hulu’s $8 monthly tax in the form of a Hulu Plus subscription (this tax is imposed on set-top devices like the Xbox 360 and Sony Playstation). And then there’s CBS.com. On the network’s website, you can watch (and now AirPlay mirror) tons of network TV shows. Yes, these shows also appear in the CBS iOS app, but the app doesn’t support AirPlay mirroring. The same holds true for ABC content: It can be mirrored via ABC.com, but not via ABC’s iOS app.”

Much more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Michael T.” for the heads up.]

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