SMP-N200 Network Media Player with Wi-Fi®
Excellent value for video streaming
I wanted a video streaming device to catchup on TV shows I've been missing. The catch was I needed to connect it to an old television that lacked HDMI but wanted HDMI for a future TV upgrade. I also needed it to support Netflix, Amazon VOD and Hulu Plus. Everything after that is icing on the cake. After installing the device, I was up and running (and streaming) within 20 minutes. Image quality is outstanding and audio is clear. My only complaint is the UI isn't particularly intuitive, particularly since it employs a hidden menu that's displayable when you click the options button. If you're used to the UI on the PSP and the PS3, this won't be a problem.
One feature I wasn't aware of was the availability of the iPhone remote. It's UI needs some help and it doesn't make full use of the possibilities of a smartphone based remote the way AppleTV integrates with the iPhone. However, it does make using the N200 easier since you can use the virtual keyboard on the iPhone to enter search terms instead of using the odd and painful virtual numeric keypad with the original remote.
I haven't seen my wi-fi connection drop and it's been working flawlessly. In a lot of cases, I've found that there are issues with older 802.11N routers. It's not really a Sony problem.
Otherwise, Sony did a great job with this streaming device, most importantly it does everything I want it to do. I'm hoping Sony continues to add more applications to make it more competitive with Roku.
February 6, 2012
Against my better judgment, I bought this thing instead of a Roku because it had a USB input and was affordable. I immediately regretted this decision, as the interface is absolutely awful (tiny icons and text, etc.), it supports only a few video playback formats, defeating the purpose of the USB input, and it continually failed due to technical glitches. I HATE this machine. If you purchase one, you have only yourself to blame for the misery it will bring you. You've been warned.
February 16, 2013
Device claims to be registered, cannot use most ap
Device claims to be registered. To run apps, I have to link my account at internet.sony.tv. However, to create an account, I need to register a device. Recursive error.
Do yourself a favor and buy something better than this thing.
December 6, 2012
This is the worse thing ever.. the os sucks.. freezes , don't stream a dam thing. this is a big waste of money
November 19, 2012