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Location: Beaverton, OR, USA
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I've been following this for quite some time, but there is very little real info about this. Let me tell you my thoughts, and what I have discovered so far:
this is one of many Sony attempts at provided some form of media connect box. the original was the RoomLink, which permitted connection between a Sony VAIO computer and your TV, well before Microsoft's Windows XP Media Center PCs and Media Connect boxes. At the time, many Sony VAIO computers had built-in TV tuners with record capability, and the RoomLink device, when connected to your TV and your home network, would permit viewing recorded video, viewing pictures from your photo library, and listening to your music from your music library. Initially with a hard-wired LAN, then eventually to WiFi, but in the 802.11a band for better thruput. All SD.
Fast forward thru Windows XP Media Center, and now Vista Home Premium, with Xbox 360 for viewing media; still rocket science to mostpeople, but better than the original Sony Roomink device. Sony eventually updated some of the RoomLink devices for Windows Media Connect compatibility, in addition to the proprietary Sony VAIO methods.
What is supposed to happen with the DMX-NV1 device is integration into the Sony TV remote control, and the Media bar that is prevalent in the current Sony TV models; quite similar to the navigation menu bar on the PSP and the PS3.
The DMX has several required connections: one USB connection to the TV, so that remote control codes can be passed from the TV to the DMX; and HDMI connection and pass-thru for the video/audio; a network connection.
At some point, Sony is supposed to have (may have already) an internet portal that will provide viewers with VOD over the internet - movies, videos, and other content.
The box REQUIRES a compatible Sony TV. If you have an older Sony without the required USB connection, or any other brand TV, the DMX is NOT for you.
So, is there any "there" there?
Not from what I can see.
At the local Fry's, I ran into a Sony rep - only thing he could show me was the canned demo Sony is providing to the dealer. No live connection to the Internet, so could not really see what service was actually live.
We have a local Sonystyle store, and I found the same setup there - no live connection to the internet, so could only see the canned demo. I suggested that it would be a good idea to connect the device to the internet, espeically since they have that connectivity for other devices in the store...
I have a google alert setup for any sotries or blog entries for the DMX; other than alerts whenever there is some sales prootion, no real reviews or user experiences have been uncovered.
So for now, who is going to jump in and see Sony't latest attempt?
The box is well made like most Sony products, but I think this will be yet again another orphan like the Sony RoomLink, or their LocationFree boxes.
So for now, no reason to purchase, unless you can confirm the capabilities with a live demo. I think it actually does less than Apple's Apple TV, and that's not very much!
I've played with home video server with various NAS, Xbox 360, and PS3. Intilly the Sony showed some promise, but I don't thinkit is ready for prime-time just yet. Lurkers, correct my perceptions is wrong...
If you go to the Sony support site, you'll find training tutorials and the manuals.
M2 in OR
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