Summary: I bought this on Amazon less than a month ago for $49.99, and I was going to buy one for my dad as well. I logged on 3 days ago, and the price had risen to $69.99! I logged on yesterday... $89.99. TODAY they want $104.00?!? WTF Amazon??? So please, DON'T DO IT!! Best buy is selling them for $49.99, so do yourself a favor and don't be ripped off. Go to Bestbuy.com, or look it up on google shopping. Seriously, Amazon... you're losing me here!
Summary: Out the box it feels solid, well built and has a host of connections on the back. This is connected via HDMI to my TV for best quality and least wires. Its also connected via ethernet to get the top speeds from my internet.
Pros: + Solid, well built and has a host of connections on the back, + Setup was simple and took a few minutes, + Menu system is alright, + Image viewer works fine, + USB media playback, + Works with any TV
Cons: - Lack of ITVs on demand service and 4oD, - Navigating Youtube is difficult with the annoying input system used
Pros: + Solid, well built and has a host of connections on the back + Setup was simple and took a few minutes + Menu system is alright + Image viewer works fine + USB media playback + Works with any TV
Cons: - Lack of ITVs on demand service and 4oD - Navigating Youtube is difficult with the annoying input system used
Summary: I have no idea why some of these reviews are so awful, because my experience was great. I looked into buying either apple tv or a roku at first, but since I do not own an HDTV and both of those lack the old school composite hookups, I ended up looking for something I didn't need an adapter for. That's when I came across this sony streaming player which included the connection I needed for my TV, which is the whole reason I bought this device despite some poor reviews.
Summary: I purchased this product for the preloaded streaming apps and also to stream movies from my home desktop. Out of the box the setup was quite easy to get onto my wireless network which allowed Netflix, Pandora, etc. to work with no problems. If you're looking to hook into a media library on your home desktop the setup can be more time consuming. I tried several different setups similar to others before stumbling onto a free download called Serviio.
Pros: PS3 interface is nice looking and pretty easy to navigate even for a non-PS3 owner. Content that this unit can "see" and play is done very nicely. I tested this unit (I'm a Home Theater integrator) and it performed very well.
Cons: DLNA limitations (can't access many of your computer files) and limited codecs (can't play VOB and IFO movie file types).
Summary: I hooked this up to Ethernet and haven't tried the wireless connectivity, thus have not rated that feature. Ethernet connectivity was easy. I had a little trouble with my router not handing out an IP address, but that was the router, not the Sony Media Player. Menu navigation is easy once you figure it out, but the instructions don't do a great job explaining them. I have other Sony products and have run into the same problem.
Pros: I'm Australian, so we don't get Netflix. However, we do get some local services like ABC (Australian)'s iView. It has Youtube. It has Music Unlimited, a (paid) Sony music service, and a Berliner Philharmoniker channel (paid too).
Cons: Internet video quality isn't great, though that might not be the box but a general symptom of media players with internet video. DLNA quality wasn't too flash either, but I didn't have a great source to begin with. Not as many codecs as you'd prefer.
Pros: One thing I could appreciate about N-100 was the amount of video content its supports. I plays video flawlessly via USB. Hulu plus streams HD video and netflx runs great, oh Pandora is also great. I have been waitg to upgrade my TV and this was great
Cons: Interface was a bit slow until I upgraded to the latest firmware, this seems to have corrected all issues. Although you need to upgrade through (wired connection) not Wifi,