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Sony SMP-N100 Media Streamer Unveiled


Sony SMP-N100 Media Streamer Unveiled

Sony has announced a dedicated media streaming device that will bring Bravia Internet Video, as featured on many of its TVs, to any display you like.

The device can be hooked up via Ethernet or integrated Wi-Fi, and offers 1080p output via HDMI. The interface is Sony’s usual XrossMedia bar and in a nice touch you’ll be able to access it via an iOS4 or Android app.

The box will offer Bravia Internet Video, which will offer access to a wide range of online content such as YouTube, which Sony said it will clean up image quality wise thanks to its IP Content Noise Reduction tech. The box will also support the BBC iPlayer, and slightly surprisingly Demand 5, Channel 5’s currently on-demand offering.

You’ll also get access to Sony’s Qriocity movies-on-demand, offering 1080p videos with up to Dolby Digital Plus support and also Lovefilm.

The SMP-N100 is also DLNA compliant and will play audio and display photos over the network. It will also play video formats such as DivxHD, AVCHD and MKV from local storage via the front mounted USB port. Support for the latter is interesting as it remains noticeably absent from Sony’s PS3 feature list.

For a company that’s still pushing a disc based format like Blu-ray to succeed, releasing as comprehensively featured device as the SMP-N100 could be viewed as quite brave, and with its network file support it could prove more appealing that Apple TV.

The Sony SMP-N100 will be available from October, and while we’ve yet to have confirmation of the UK price the US price of $129 should provide some idea.

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September 27, 2010, 7:24 pm

Great. Now when can I get LoveFilm and MKV playback on my PS3? It seems a little unreasonable to fork out another £99 (or whatever) on a tinpot box when I already have a Cell processor behemoth sitting on my AV rack...


September 27, 2010, 7:26 pm

Do you know if it plays .avi files encoded with H.264? My PS3 certainly doesn't and it's rather annoying!


September 27, 2010, 7:31 pm

This actually sounds quite good and not very overpriced.

What could be the reason for the PS3 not supporting MKV be? Also wouldn't say no to Demand Five support for that either.


September 27, 2010, 8:03 pm

Not really a media streamer if it can't stream video over the network. Limiting video playback to USB local storage isn't going to make it very popular.


September 27, 2010, 8:33 pm

From what I can see their BDP-S370 does all this as well as having a blu-ray drive. So unless it was about £70 it's hard to see where it fits in their line up.


September 27, 2010, 8:46 pm

The functionality of WD TV Live with support for BBC iPlayer - at last.

Why is support for Demand 5 surprising? - Sony's Bravia Internet Video already supports it on its TVs and BluRay players.

I hope this has as comprehensive support for codecs as the WD TV boxes, and that they provide updates as required to add content such as the YouView service when it comes along.

Sony's Qriocity looks like it could be interesting when it gets up to speed in the UK, and lets not forget Sony are the first manufacturer to include Google TV into a TV - any news of this being available on this box.

Lastly I hope there's room for both BluRay (for those who want to own their content) and streaming (for those who want to hammer their ISP service) despite whatever Microsoft thinks (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tec.... A 50% growth in BluRay sales and an even more impressive 20% of any title's sales given how many DVD players must be knocking about suggests their's life in the little silver disc yet.

Kudos to Sony for recognising both markets - looks like Sony is back on its game.


September 27, 2010, 9:37 pm

@autospaien - I suppose that's where the built-in Wi-fi, and DLNA compliancy come-in. If it's anything like my Sony Blu-ray player, then you'll be able to stream most formats over a network.


September 27, 2010, 10:55 pm

@Chaos - The PS3 does support H.264 playback, but can be a bit fussy.

The PS3 lack of MKV support is pretty obvious if you think about ;-) Surprised they have included it in this device!

@auto - It is DLNA compliant and can stream some video formats. Somewhat bizarre why it is USB for some types. Sony site says the following:

* AAC : Yes (USB)- m4a

* AVC-HD : Yes (USB)

* DivX : Yes (USB )- jpg, jpeg

* DivX HD : Yes (USB and DLNA)- XviD

* JPEG : Yes (USB and DLNA)- jpg, jpeg

* LPCM : Yes (USB and DLNA)- wav

* MP3 : Yes (USB and DLNA)- mp3

* MPEG-1 : Yes (USB)- vob, vro, mpg, mpeg, m2ts, mts

* MPEG : Yes (USB and DLNA)- vob, vro, mpg, mpeg, m2ts, mts

* Simple MPEG : Yes - MPEG 4 AVC (USB)- mkv, mp4, m4v, m2ts, mts

* WMA : Yes (USB and DLNA)- wma (DLNA:Basic profile only no 32kpbs or lower)

* WMV : Yes - WMV9 (USB)- wmv, asf


September 28, 2010, 12:54 am

@autosapien - agreed. The article implies it will only stream music and photos, but surely it will do video over wifi / ethernet too?! A quick google doesn't yield a definitive result, but most other sites say it will stream "content" over a network connection. I'm sure video will be on the cards.


September 28, 2010, 2:47 am


It does seem like an odd omission, especially since Sony PS3 and Blu-Ray players do it. You get better streaming if you have a device with a BR ? Perhaps something that will be added later.


September 28, 2010, 3:10 am

I feel more confident investing in big-brand media players like the WD HD devices and this Sony box. Seems I change my video player every two years to catch up with tech!

I heard earlier that the likes of XBMC et al had been cut off from iplayer due to some security measures from the BBC - I'd like to get iplayer before Youview comes along, this might be the ticket!


September 28, 2010, 1:46 pm

@Steve32: Actually no, it DOES support H.264 (I believe that's what the videos available from the Playstation Store are encoded as) but it WON'T play .avi files specifically that are encoded H.264


September 28, 2010, 6:03 pm


I think it's unanimous: Lets get a full review in asap! and some clarification on whether it can stream MKV's over ethernet?


September 28, 2010, 8:42 pm

@Benny I agree, I would love to see a review asap.

I've been searching for a media streamer for the last couple of days & after reading review after review, I had finally reached my decision this afternoon, to purchase the WD TV Live. Only to find Sony announcing the SMP-N100!!

I'm not interested in the catchup players as my V+ boxes do that already. I'm interested in streaming mkv and avi files from my PC to the TV. The LoveFilm option sounds interesting as well


September 30, 2010, 4:09 am

@Chaos, the H264 .avi files in my library work fine, so go figure. Whatever.

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