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Bad: Waste of time and money
Comment: Basically I was mis sold this when bought a new Bravia.
When you have an internet TV then the only thing this does extra is allow you to play back movies etc from a USB stick or a computer.
Now here is the problem, it does not see my computer and my computer cannot see it. Well I have a MAC and thats probably the problem so I have bought Apple TV.
What can I say another piece of Sony rubbish and I cannot but say anything but AVOID.
Oh see my other reviews OF THE DVD PLAYER - HOME THEATRE SYSTEM BDV-E670W AND HARD DISK RECORDER SVR-HDT500.
Sony should stick to TV's and forget the rest.
Comment: For starters, I have two Sony computers and one big screen LCD television all from Sony. I have a love hate relationship with Sony, love the television, hate the computers (not enough capability to expand as technology changes, but that's what modern manufacturing is all about).
Pros: The media streamer was as easy to install as promised, it doesn't take a degree in communications or network design to figure it out. Plug it in, connect to your tv, then setup your network connection. The streaming was fast, the picture quality High Def and it delivered crisp sound. If you don't have cable Tv and you want more entertainment this is the way to go.
Cons: Few, and no I don't work for Sony, wish I did; however, there are drawbacks and that is the small offering of providers that are buying into this service. I suspect in time this will change and eventually cable/satellite television as we know it will go the way of the dinosaur, but for now they reign king.
I rated this product high, because Sony actually has a great piece of hardware that works as promised, they have built in great video and audio and the streaming was fast and flawless. If the programing was more varied, I wouldn't have returned the box and the only reason I returned it was because I still have the laptops and desktop I use with Amazon that forced me into the reality that I didn't need one more piece of tv watching hardware in the house.
Who would benefit from this? I would recommend this to those who have great cable provided internet which is usually less expensive than satellite tv. Then build up your programing by watching the free movies and television on Amazon Prime for Amazon's extremely low price of an annual payment. I thinks it's comparable to one payment for cable or satellite tv for one month. This will give you thousands of tv and movies to watch and save you a considerable amount of money in the process.
*Note If you're will buy the Sony SMP-N100, I suggest you have to compare prices before you decide at: Amzoffer.com/Sony-SMPN100B
Hope this helps.
Good: Price, Easy installation, PS3-like menus
Bad: DOESN'T work with TVersity, can't customize (limit) ON-LINE services (all or nothing)
Comment: While the SMP-N100 is a nice compact and reasonably priced video streaming device, and it's VERY easy to setup (with PS3-like menus), it DOES NOT support TVersity (DLNA Media Server [oddly, the Sony PS3 DOES]), and there doesn't appear to be a way to LIMIT the on-line services (I, for exampe, JUST want NetFlix, but I get EVERYTHING Sony has to offer.
It would be NICE to be able to "Hide/Show" each "installed" on-line services (like you CAN do with DLNA servers located). WHY Sony offers it for ONE area of functionality, but NOT in another is beyond me!
I'm HOPING TVersity will FIX whatever is causing the SMP-N100 from recognizing TVersity as a DLNA server - THEN I'll purchase TWO MORE!
NOTE: THIS would be a PERFECT addition to my SlingBox (to be able to play my TVersity Media remotely, but not at the moment!
Despite my negative tone, I'd recommend this unit!
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