|Product||Sony LF-B20 LocationFree Base Station (wireless)||Sony LF-PK1 LocationFree Player Pak||Sony LF-V30 LocationFree TV||Sling Media Slingbox Solo||Magnavox DV225MG9|
|CNET editors' rating||3 stars||3 stars||3 stars||4 stars||Info unavailable|
|Average user rating||3 stars||3.5 stars||3.5 stars||2 stars||0 stars|
|Release date||Info unavailable||July 15, 2005||September 15, 2007||September 26, 2007||Info unavailable|
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Sony's improved third-generation LocationFree TV product includes several cool features--including wireless connectivity, PSP compatibility, and remote control customization--but setup headaches and software limitations keep it from being a true Slingbox killer.
The Sony LF-PK1 LocationFree Player Pak isn't quite on a par with the Slingbox, but it is the only device that streams video to your PSP--and it's getting better with each firmware upgrade.
Sony's latest LocationFree TV product adds compatibility with HD video sources, but its two big distinguishing factors--built-in wireless networking and PSP compatibility--aren't enough for most users to choose it over the competing Slingbox.
An evolutionary upgrade of past Slingbox models, the Slingbox Solo remains an excellent way to stream your home TV programming to an increasingly wide variety of broadband-connected computers and smartphones.
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