Manufacturer: Sony Part number: SMP-N100
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CNET editors' review
price range: $206.06
- Reviewed by: Matthew Moskovciak
- Edited by: John Falcone
- Reviewed on: 12/03/2010
- Released on: 09/15/2010
The good: Affordable streaming box that includes Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon VOD, Pandora, and Slacker apps; built-in Wi-Fi; plays your own media files via DLNA network streaming or USB; supports TV with analog video connections; controllable by iPhone app.
The bad: User interface needs work; initial setup doesn't handle Wi-Fi; lacks advanced Netflix features like search and browsing categories; slightly more expensive than competitors.
The bottom line: Sony's SMP-N100 streaming-video box isn't the easiest to use, but it offers an unparalleled feature set at its price.
Much Better Than I Expected!
by PPHaley on February 1, 2012
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: 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 ...
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.
Setup was simple and took a few minutes, setting up the screen resolution etc and then activating advanced features such as LoveFilm accounts was a doddle too.
The menu system is alright, is the typical Sony scroll bar menu they use on all their entertainment equipment, like the PS3 bar and PSP bar. I don't love it and don't hate it. Its easy to navigate and fast and response enough to enjoy.
I have to avoid the music section because i haven't and won't use it, im a LastFM man on my Xbox so this bit means nothing to me.
The image viewer works fine, rigged up to an external drive via the front USB port, loaded all my images with ease, although the viewing features are limited to just swapping picture in a slideshow format, no zoom or anything. Which is fine because realy i wanted this box purely for the Internet TV side of things.
Now the good bit, the video section. The first thing i tested was BBC iPlayer and the all important Eastenders episode i missed!. So you head into the iPlayer menu, its pretty fast and easy to navigate, much like the website based player. Selected the episode i wanted and i was away. Now im on the edge of Hull and the connection here is 5MBs compared to the 15MBs in the city, so streaming has been an issue the odd time. But using this it wasn't at all. The episode started within 20 seconds and i was away, no lag, no buffering nothing. It played perfectly all the way through. So by this time i was happy!
Next big test was LoveFilm, now online i have had bad lag issues using this service to watch movies which are included in my rent package cost. So this was important to me as i want the most out of LoveFilm. First movie to test was Planet of the Apes, original. Took about 30 to 50 seconds to buffer and then it was off. Watched the full movie with no buffering or stalls and it looked great. So far ive watched 5 movies and had 1 buffering encounter but i think that was my fault, other than that its worked great.
The reason i have not given this 5 stars is the lack of ITVs on demand service and 4oD which i absolutely love. Also navigating Youtube is difficult with the annoying input system used. So if these change in the future i will change this to 5 stars without doubt.
If you want a great internet on demand tv setup for your TV, get this, its awesome!
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Hope this helps.
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
by dlmiley on March 22, 2011
Pros: Quick and easy setup (for wired users)
Huge variety of choices
Picture and sound quality
Cons: Icons a bit small (though not as bad as CNET claims)
Summary: I have a Sony BDP-CX7000ES changer for my blu-rays. It is an excellent player but it lacks streaming capabilities, so rather than buy a single blu-ray player just for streaming, ...
Summary: I have a Sony BDP-CX7000ES changer for my blu-rays. It is an excellent player but it lacks streaming capabilities, so rather than buy a single blu-ray player just for streaming, I opted for this player instead. I am glad I did. It took me about 5 minutes get things set up. The player instantly connected to my network and told me of a new firmware update which took about 2 minutes. After that, I registered my player with Sony with a code provided by the player. Then, I activated it for Amazon, Netflix, and Pandora. The X-bar navigation is very easy (again, I don't know why the CNET editor is complaining). Picture quality and sound was good from all sources (including my personal videos and movies - the unit found all of my computers quickly). All-in-all, I would highly recommend this player to anyone looking for a high-quality, reliable network media device.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great little box, but needs better Netflix interface.
by Mervtucker on January 3, 2011
Pros: This box gets Netflix, Amazon VOD, Hulu Plus plus others. I love how easy it was to setup and to use. It has a small foot print. It streams at HD Quality from my wireless router with hardly a hiccup.
Cons: Better Netflix controls. Its poor search functions to compared to what my WII can do. They need to put the PS3 or WII browsing and categories search function in the next firmware update.
Summary: My wife loves the Sony SMP-N100. It works great in the bedroom because of it small size and it streams HD quality movies with no problems. If not for the ...
Summary: My wife loves the Sony SMP-N100. It works great in the bedroom because of it small size and it streams HD quality movies with no problems. If not for the poor browsing and search functions in Netflix, I would of gave the Sony SMP-N100 a five star rating. I have a friend who has Apple TV and he likes my Sony better.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Quickly became obsolete when I got a "smart" TV.
by will.melmoth on March 1, 2012
Pros: Has Component Video output as well as HDMI which is useful if your TV has limited HDMI inputs.
Cons: Relatively poor wireless connectivity.
Summary: I experienced a lot of buffering delays with Netflix using the SMP-N100 over my wireless network. However if I use the TV's wireless adapter and Netflix connection buffering was ...
Summary: I experienced a lot of buffering delays with Netflix using the SMP-N100 over my wireless network. However if I use the TV's wireless adapter and Netflix connection buffering was much less.
A big disappointment to say the least!
by Hanksterock on January 10, 2012
Pros: So many great features of programs if you can utilize them all. it is light & small and fits anywhere with all the audio jacking hook-up you'll need for quality sound.
Cons: Won't retrieve proper feed or transition so, what good is it having so many great features if you can't take advantage of them properly? Some users are saying it's because of a third party feed streaming. Well, I just know that it's junk!
Summary: I purchased this N100 in the hopes to receive a (space saver) do it all device as far as wi-fi players goes. I am very disappointed with the component/technical ...
Summary: I purchased this N100 in the hopes to receive a (space saver) do it all device as far as wi-fi players goes. I am very disappointed with the component/technical quality because I found that the player does not in fact receive signal well and its function responses are way too slow no matter where I place the unit in the house and even when switching out other working units. Maybe an external antenner or wifi adapter can make all the difference?
I am not having any issue with set-up, there's one extra step to deal with comparing to some other brands, no big deal. But, if you like watching Netflix, listening to Pandora or even play a movie from your favorite movie site you are going to have to deal a 10 minute buffering wait for every 3 minutes of viewing every day, ridiculous! No thanks for me, I put in an old Tashiba wi-fi player for netflix and settled without having the other features which by the way, works great!
GREAT MEDIA PLAYER FOR THE MONEY
by scsnake on December 7, 2011
Pros: YOU GET PLENTY OF STREAM MEDIA MATERIAL AND HAVE ACCESS TO YOUR PC FILES.
Cons: THERE IS NO FULL HD TREAMING USING A WIFI CONNECTION.
Summary: I REALLY ENJOY THIS MEDIA PLAYER. NOT JUST BECAUSE I HAVE ACCESS TO MY COMPUTER FILES BUT ALSO THE AMOUNT OF CHANNELS THIS BOX COMES WITH. IN ADDITION, ITS VERY ...
Summary: I REALLY ENJOY THIS MEDIA PLAYER. NOT JUST BECAUSE I HAVE ACCESS TO MY COMPUTER FILES BUT ALSO THE AMOUNT OF CHANNELS THIS BOX COMES WITH. IN ADDITION, ITS VERY SIMPLE TO SET UP IN YOUR HDTV.
For a Decent wireless Streaming device, look elsewhere
by Amol_75 on December 6, 2011
Pros: Works ok whilw it does
Cons: Does not work over WiFi, Horrible support, bad picture quality(At times), buffers for ever.
Summary: Bought the SMP-N100 on deal about 3 months back, and it stopped working in 2 months over the wireless, The support is difficult to reach, about 20-40 mins each time ...
Summary: Bought the SMP-N100 on deal about 3 months back, and it stopped working in 2 months over the wireless, The support is difficult to reach, about 20-40 mins each time you call, and (the support team) believes in putting the blame on you. At first they claimed to 'repair' the unit and sent a refurbished one which clearly had a different serial number, which was DOA (Dead on arrival) or a Lemon. again the 30-40 minute wait calls ensued, After gazillion odd setup tweaks when my Media player did not play using wireless connection, the support individual (Nathanial, who claims to have over 5 years of experience in networking) said My Wireless network is at fault, the exact same network which works fine for 6 other devices and worked ok for 2 months for this device as well. and as a Favor he will get it checked if I send it back to them, so I have to pay to ship for the lemon they sent me in first place. Now that I am done rambling about Issues here is a proper 411 on the product itself.
While it worked,
It is slow to connect and the quality of video is at times pathetic.
It does most of the things like connect to internet media and has a wide variety of apps (Netflix, crackle, etc.,) blockbuster still missing.
It has decent DLNA client and connects to the content without dropping it.
Support (Staff knowledge and reachability) is ok to Pathetic.
I see a lot of deals on this product going on as low as 48$, it's not worth even that.
Over all cannot recommend this product in right mind. I may be trying some other products soon and will update if I find a good alternative to this player.
Great Basic Network Player
by Cypress1979 on August 30, 2011
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: If you are looking for a basic network media player, playing back digital copy movies, music, photos, etc. then you will be very happy with this player. If you have ...
Summary: If you are looking for a basic network media player, playing back digital copy movies, music, photos, etc. then you will be very happy with this player. If you have movies ripped to a computer hard drive or want to view/listen to content stored in various locations on your computer, go with a Western Digital solution as they can read and decode just about anything you throw at them.
Great machine but has greatest flaw
by Baxide on May 10, 2011
Pros: easy to use,outstanding video and pictures play back
Cons: can not display subtitle from movies on hard drive or USB stick
Summary: If you are saving movies on hard drive or USB stick and later on watch them , movies will not display subtitles if you need them, the biggest design flaw from ...
Summary: If you are saving movies on hard drive or USB stick and later on watch them , movies will not display subtitles if you need them, the biggest design flaw from Sony. I previously owned the WD and Asus OhPlay media player and both display subtitle without a snich, Asus can even allow you to change the font size and the color of the subtitle. This unit will be returned.
Typical Sony usability and features.
by Nomad444 on February 22, 2011
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.
Summary: This is a really good box. It doesn't look flash, but the PS3-like interface is swish and there's a wide range of channels, though most of them I'...
Summary: This is a really good box. It doesn't look flash, but the PS3-like interface is swish and there's a wide range of channels, though most of them I've never used. This isn't too expensive either - you can find it for about $175 in Melbourne. It's great to use, great-looking (interface - physically the best you could say is it's compact) and it has plenty of features.
- Manufacturer: Sony
- Part number: SMP-N100
- Description: Enjoy a variety of entertainment with the Sony SMP-N100 Network Media Player. Wirelessly stream movies, TV episodes, videos, and music from Netflix , YouTube , Pandora , Slacker , and more. Easily access your music, videos and photos in up to Full HD 1080p when you connect a USB drive or wirelessly stream them over home network using your PC. You can even download the free "BD remote" app to turn your iPhone , iPod touch , or compatible Android phone into a versatile remote.
- Type of product Digital multimedia receiver
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 7.3 in x 7.6 in x 1.6 in
- Weight 1.5 lbs
- Color Black
Network & Internet
- Functionality Internet video playback,
Digital video playback,
Digital audio playback,
Digital photo playback
- Internet Streaming Services BRAVIA Internet Video,
Amazon Video on Demand,
- Supported Audio Standards WMA,
- Supported Pictures Standard JPG
- Supported Video Standards WMV,
- Parental lock Yes
- Optical Digital Output Yes
- Output Mode Stereo
- Digital Audio Format Dolby Digital output,
DTS digital output
- Connector Type 1 x ( RJ-45 ) - Rear,
1 x Composite video/audio output ( RCA phono x 3 ) - Rear,
1 x - Rear,
1 x Component video output ( RCA phono x 3 ) - Rear,
1 x SPDIF output - Rear,
1 x USB ( 4 pin USB Type A ) - Front
- Type Remote control
- Type External
- Power Consumption Operational 14 Watt