Sony SMPN100B USB Media Player with Built-in Wi-Fi
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- Amazon Instant Video Compatible
- Media playback--Stream online content and playback media stored on USB or HDD via the ultra compact Netbox
- BRAVIA Internet Video--Stream music, video and Catch Up TV direct from the internet via the BRAVIA® Internet Video platform
- DLNA--Stream music, video and pictures from a PC
- USB Playback--Play music, video and photo files from a USB device
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Where does it fail? Streaming media from your computer is very difficult to set up and even when you have set it up it is close to useless as it doesn't support video.Read more ›
Lets start with the main reason many people will buy this device, Media Streaming. When I connected it to my network, It refused to play media from my PC running PS3 media server (which works fine with my PS3, Xbox, WDTV Live.) I receieved the error alot of reviews mention, not being able to stream movies. After looking around the internet, I found one suggestion to try some software called Serviio. After installing this on my PC, and waiting a couple of hours for my Media files to cache, the device worked without a hitch, and is actually much better than PS3 Media Server. It lets you not only view all your movies and TV shows in a directory but also sort them by actor, director, and many more. If you get this device, make sure you get Serviio (its free!).
Secondly, the internet TV features. Very good I thought, It has YouTube, Love Film, Sky News, iPlayer, and a good few more, including speciality stuff like extreme sports. All of the Apps run very well & quickly.
One problem using a couple of the apps is the fact you don't have a keyboard, but fear not! Sony has very nicely produced a free app for touchscreen devices (tested on my iPhone/iPad). Which lets you not only control your Media Player over the network by swiping to navigate menus but also lets you use an onscreen keyboard. Brilliant for YouTube.
All in all, I am now impressed with this device, but it would be worthless without Serviio, thank god I found it. I hope this solves the streaming issues for everyone who reads this.
(P.s. BestBuy now price match Amazon, so if you go instore, you can get it cheaper than here!)
This is annoying in many ways, such as -
1. I can only get sound from my laptop, unless I use a 3.5mm audio cable as-well as my VGA cable
2. The cable trailing around the room makes a bit of a mess
3. It would be nice to be able to use my laptop, as-well as having some TV on in the background!
So, up step the SMP N-100 - the perfect addition to my living room!
It has 3 types of output, HDMI, component and composite (SCART) - So perfect for any room or TV in the house that you want internet features for...
There are loads and loads of channels, I mean loads! - iPlayer and YouTube as I mentioned earlier, but also Demand FIVE, Sky News, Lovefilm, Music Unlimited (highly recommended also) Eurosport, the list goes on!
Another final point, it has Wi-fi built in, so, as my router is miles away from the TV, I can connect without a long Ethernet cable trailing around the house!
....Oh and final final point! - The front USB port is an excellent addition, I can watch my pictures and videos on my large TV with no fuss!
Could not recommended more, if you do not want to upgrade your TV, unlock it's capabilities!
But if ,like me, you have a collection of Music, Photos and Films stored on your computer and you want to stream these to your media player, here lies the rub.
In order to do this you need to download a piece of software (recommended by Sony)to act as a server. This has been mentioned in another review here. Having downloaded 'Serviio' at least three times, I found this software to be very unstable. Once it was up and running, it took at least three hours to memorise the files (it said this was to download covers from the internet)
When the player found Serviio it then became obvious that streaming your own content was not what this player does best. It would not play Menus on VOB DVD files, it did not find film covers, despite all the time it took to set up or covers for Albums. Music files were only listed by their file numbers (it would only see folder names)this made it pretty useless as far as I am concerned.
This has been returned to Amazon. I have now purchased the WD Live HD Media player, it may not look as good, but it will play any file type you throw at it.Western Digital TV Live HD Media Player
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Takes a while to start up
Works well when in use
Not as many features as the new products on the market
I bought this for my Dad as he loved my WDTV Live, but it was out of stock at the time. Compared to it, which are both similar prices, this is incredibly limited. Read morePublished on 23 April 2014 by N. J. Rooney
Plays everything i have thrown at it but the menu on this is very slow so if you dont have the patience of a saint this really is not for you. Read morePublished on 26 July 2013 by Gav
Bought this item recently to allow me to have BBC iPlayer on my old TV in the bedroom. as well as the ability to stream my video files off my PC. Read morePublished on 9 July 2013 by A. Simmons
While people around me were purchasing new Smart TVs I took my 4 year old Sony Bravia into the realm of the Internet with the addition of this Sony Media Player with Built-in... Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2013 by Terrylyn