updated 01:30 pm EDT, Tue September 5, 2006
LocationFree Base Stations
Sony today unveiled two LocationFree Base Stations -- the LF-B10 as well as the LF-B20 -- and its LocationFree TV Box designed to easily enable wireless streaming of TV programs and movies to a variety of devices such as Mac notebooks or PlayStation Portable units. Featuring a black paneled slim design which users can position either vertically or horizontally, the LocationFree Base Stations are designed to integrate into any home entertainment center while working with a variety of compatible viewing devices. The new Base Station units also incorporate an Advanced Video Coding codec, enabling consumers to experience smoother video at less then optimal bit rates. Sony's LF-B10 and LF-B20 LocataionFree Base Stations are expected to ship in October for $200 and $250, respectively. The LocationFree TV Box will also ship in October for about $230.
The LF-B20 model also serves as a wireless bridge connecting directly to an existing wireless home network, allowing users to place the device anywhere in the home. Setup is made easier as users simply plug the Base Station unit into a home entertainment system and follow the setup wizard to install the device registration software onto a host device.
The LocationFree TV Box negates the need to run wiring to multiple TVs in a home, and is designed to work seamlessly with the LocationFree Base Stations. The device connects to any remotely located TV, and features an on-screen remote as well as a standard remote to control the unit from a distance.