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Sony Unveils SMP-N100 Network Media Player

Sony has released more details about its forthcoming SMP-N100 network media player, one which will be pitted against the new Apple TV.

The set top box, which costs around £120 and will be available in October, will provide internet access via Sony Bravia's services and offer a variety of content from the likes of Youtube, Demand Five, BBC iPlayer and Lovefilm - no mention of other services like 4OD or ITV Player.

It beats the Apple TV by offering full HD, 1080p video support, comes with a USB port and offers integrated Wi-Fi, allowing you to connect to other DLNA compliant devices.

Sony lists compatibility with DTS 2.0+Digital Out and Dolby Digital Plus, AVCHD, DivX HD, Xvid and MKV amongst other things. As expected it comes with an array of I/Os including HDMI, Optical Out, Composite & component video, ethernet port etc.

Interestingly you will be able to control the box using apps for the iPhone or for Android fo free, bypassing the remote control.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.