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Sony SMP-N200 Streaming Player

Sony SMP-N200 Streaming Player


  • Product Name: SMP-N200 Streaming Player
  • Manufacturer: Sony
  • Review Date: September 15, 2011 11:40
  • MSRP: $99
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool
  • 1080p/60 HDMI output
  • Component video
  • Composite video
  • USB (thumb/hard drive)
  • 10/100 Ethernet
  • 802.11b/g/n WiFi
  • Optical TOSlink output
  • Stereo analogue audio outputs
  • Formats: AAC, AVC-HD, DivX/HD, JPG, MKV, MP3, WMA, MPEG/2/4, WMV
  • Audio: Dolby Digital Plus
  • Video: I/P Noise Reduction
  • Services: Netflix, Slacker, Hulu Plus, Fear Net, Pandora, GOLF Link, Amazon VOD, Howcast, YouTube, Wired, Crackle, Music Unlimited, NPR, Concierge, Flixster, Dailymotion, Style, eHow, Epicurious, Livestrong, blip.tv, Singing Fool, Moshcam, Podcasts, Tara Stiles, Dr Oz, Video Unlimited

At CEDIA 2011 this year, we got a glimpse of Sony Electronics' new SMP-N200 Streaming Player. What sets this apart is that it adds 3D streaming capability (for compatible movies) in addition to streaming content from Netflix, YouTube, Amazon on Demand, Pandora, Hulu Plus, Video Unlimited, VUDU and more. You can connect the box to your television via HDMI or component and, if you are living in the stone ages: composite. The SMP-N200 includes 802.11n WiFi, so you don't have to rush out and buy a new TV just to get the latest streaming media sources - just connect this to your existing set. Best yet, the SMP-N200 hits the shelves in the U.S. in October for around $99.99. It's only problem is that the latest Roku is smaller and less expensive. Sony is banking that advertising 3D - and supporting the latest streaming movies services (nearly all of them, in fact) will save the day. How many streaming media services do they offer, you ask? Check this out:

 Sony streaming content

Sony's SMP-N200 Streaming Player seems ideal for consumers who want to utilize the features commonly found on premium TVs - but not have to buy a Bravia to do it. This is Sony's answer. Sony also claims that this second-generation Streaming Player uses special "Sony technology" to increase the quality of streaming content for the TV screen (presumably this is MPEG noise reduction and processing). With a robust line-up of online movies in HD and 3D, internet radio options and the full array of Sony Entertainment Network (including the Sony 3D Experience), the SMP-N200 Streaming Player Seems like stiff competition in the market.

Sony SMP-N200 rear

The SMP-N200 also has DLNA capability which allows users to connect and control a network of devices and enjoy music and videos stored on PCs, Macs or tablets. In addition to the remote control that is included, a free download of the Sony Media Remote app is available for both iOS and Android devices, and gives users the option of using a smartphone to control their SMP-N200 Streaming Player. 

Competition is good, but it's also stiff - with some pretty good and entrenched players. Still, we're glad Sony is back in the game.

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