What now that YouView and Google TV are available

Having decided in May not to wait for YouView and Google TV am I now regretting that decision to buy the Sony Media Player?  No I don’t think so.Humax YouView Humax have a YouView/ Freeview HD recorder box DTR-1000 see the offer at John Lewis for £299.95  It looks good but I might just have to wait until my existing Freeview box is ready for replacement

Sony Google TV

Google TV on a Sony box. The NSZ-GS7 sounds a great idea but isn’t it just android in a box with Chrome browser – see BBC article. You can pre-order from Sony here. It will cost £199 whereas my Sony media player box only cost £79.

My home media network is already set up for DLNA compatibility. My recently arrived new Google Nexus 7 Tablet  will be able to ‘throw’ music at my TV and other devices – with the right app – and will only cost me £159.

Nexus Q

Then Google throws in a googly the Nexus Q an enigmatic box (sphere) that pulls everything direct from the Google Play store although its not available in the UK see PC World article It also needs an Android Smartphone or Tablet to operate it. We’ll wait and see how that pans out.

So am I going to be missing out?  I don’t think so

related posts:

Why wait for YouView or Google TV

My multi-room media shifting set-up

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Throw music at your speakers

Yes I know it sounds a bit mad but in the UK you will soon be able to courtesy of SONY.

According to Stuff.TV Sony will be bringing their NS510, NS410 and NS310 speakers to the UK in the summer of 2012.

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Sony will enable you to select music from your PC, smartphone or network drive and ‘throw’ it at their speakers.

This is possible because all three speakers accept streaming via DLNA, Airplay (Apple’s own version) or Music Unlimited (Sony’s rival to Spotify). 

For me this is fantastic news (until I find out the price that is) as I have already set up my home media network to be DLNA compatible where possible.  See my earlier blog item My multi-room media shifting network

I can already ‘throw’ my music from my LaCie LaCinema to my TV, PC or smartphone. Now I will be able to throw it at some decent speakers anywhere in the house and even different music to different speakers.

Roll on the summer

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