At this point, there's no difficulty in finding a media player for your HDTV
. You've got plenty of options, from Roku
to Popcorn Hour to
everywhere in between. But up until this point, Sony has managed to stay
mostly out of this up and coming sector. But the company that has spent
the majority of their time lately pushing 3D is finally moving forward
with their own set-top box, the Netbox SMP-N100.
It's a networked media player, which means that it can pull content from
local USB sources as well as network hard drives and the Internet.
There isn't a Blu-ray player bundled in here, but there is support for
DivX and MKV, along with a bunch of other standard file formats. The
main exception is that this box isn't capable of streaming Hulu or
relying on Boxee, so two of the most prominent Internet sources are
nowhere to be found. That may be a deal-breaker for some, but
considering that Sony is planning to release Hulu Plus to their stable
of BRAVIA Internet Televisions later this year, that support may be
added here in due time.
Specs include USB, 802.11n Wi-Fi, DLNA support, Ethernet, HDMI output,
composite jacks and digital audio. Pricing is expected at around $130,
but you may want to hold out a little bit to see if that Hulu support is