Sony has officially announced that the SMP-N100, its netbox streamer, will be available in the UK from October.
According to leading gadget news site ElectricPig.co.uk, the SMP-N100 is likely to be pitched as a worthy rival for the re-designed Apple TV, which began shipping this week.
The SMP-N100 allows users to access Sony Bravia Internet applications, such as YouTube, Blip.tv and Daily Motion, along with VOD services including LOVEFiLM and channel five's Demand Five catch-up TV service.
Users will also be able to view content around the house via Wi-Fi. Integrated wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) will allow users to connect to the Internet, or stream content from computers or storage devices on a home network.
According to Sony, the SMP-N100 is DLNA-compliant, for instant 'plug and play' connection to all similar devices on the home network.
Wide-ranging codec compatibility means the device will support both FAT32 and NTFS file systems, audio tracks and photos. Compatible film files include DivX HD, MKV and AVCHD, with the ability to play files via a front-panel USB socket.
The SMP-N100 comes with high-definition HDMI output, composite and component video outputs, along with both optical and electrical digital audio outputs, along with an Ethernet port in addition to the built-in Wi-Fi.
Sony notes: "Using free apps available from the Apple App Store or the Android Market, it’s possible to control all your entertainment using an iPhone, iPod Touch or any device running Android, giving total control in the palm of your hand."
ElectricPig.co.uk anticipates the SMP-N100 to cost around £120. Apple TV has a SRP of £99.