"Not worth the aggravation"1.5 starson by dsc3507
Pros: Fun the very first time (maybe)
Cons: Too many to list them all. If this was a give away or cost (maybe) $50 it might be worth a try.
- Numerous lockups when playing local files on a wired network. Required pulling the power cord to reset
Summary: I got the video link as a bonus when buying my Sony Bravia TV. At best it it s a toy and probably more a waste of time then anything else. Like most Manufacturer add-ons it is only as good as Sony makes it and without content providers and their support it is a useless box. So if that were to ever go away (and it eventually will) you are left with a lousy paper weight.
I was able to get the local file playing to work but for me it was a challenge. Who besides a geek would have the knowledge or patience to even do this. First you have to have a HTTP server where you place the files in a directory. Then you have to use your browser with add-on (only explorer not firefox) to add bookmarks to the video link memory. Then you go to the TV and hope it works. No where does it tell you exactly what files it will play. I did find it would play wmv's for the most part. If not or if you just want to delete a link you will have to log onto a Sony page, where you previously registered, and logon to see and delete the bookmarks. There is no way to do this at the TV screen. Such a kludge. Why anyone would buy this box is beyond me. While it is hard to pick a really good media box, this one is NOT in the running. Something like the Netgear EVA8000 or it's soon to be announced successor would be a much better choice. So buyer beware. If it comes with your TV and you get a good deal then play with it until you get bored, which won't take long, otherwise get something else. If you really want to play your local content well plus Internet stuff get a real media player. Around $300 would buy many much more capable units like the Xbox360 or EVA8000, etc.