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.