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I don't quite know why this product is available, perhaps I'm missing something. I thought I would be able to access programmes and films on the internet through my TV. Well I was wrong about that! The things you can view are extremely limited, BBCi was in theory available, as was Five. But that's it. Absolutely not worth buying.
works very well and easy to install. But content is disappointing - only youtube, bbc iplayer and demand five interesting. No ITV player. No 4OD. PC to TV function does not offer much possibilities either. Expensive for these limited content. May be worthwhile in the future if Sony negotiates some good packages and also allows internet surfing - not only video.
The Sony UWA-BR100 is a wireless local area network (LAN) adapter that allows your Wi-Fi accessible TVs and Blu-Ray players. In my case the BDP-S370. With this attached to your Sony product you can stream TV shows and films from websites such as LoveFilm and BBCs iPlayer, in most importantly, high definition.
It is a small device, the same size as a USB flash drive and fits into the USB slot on your Sony device. Coloured in the trademark Sony matt balck, ensuring it does not look out of place. It weighs virtually nothing at only 98g. Being wireless, the mess of cabling is avoided and it supports 802.11a,b,g & n standards for video streaming content.
Installation is a simple procedure due to the plug and play technology that is commonplace in almost all devices of this nature. You plug in and configure the your network. All of this is done on screen and you are guided through the process. Should you run into problems there is of course Sony's excellent troubleshooting guide online.
So then, HD internet content on your TV, great. However, there are one or two issues with the dongle and they are biggies. Firstly and perhaps most obviously is the price. At the moment it is £69.99 from Amazon.co.uk, which for what it does is a bit much. This is not exactly new technology either so no excuse there. You cannot purchase a different company adapter due to the way the devices have been built, it will only work with official Sony products. Or at least it should, which brings me on to problem 2, which is the most disturbing.
Prior to purchasing the device I did a lot of research into what picture quality is like and whay you can get. The one thing that struck me was the amount of people who were having problems with lost signal or in some cases not getting signal at all was astounding. For every person praising the device there was someone who could not get it to work. I have never seen a split such as this which leads me to question build quality. In the brief time I have had it there have been no problems, but it does leave me wondering.
Perhaps the biggest problem with this is the lack of competition. Earlier this year Samsung released the bdc-5500 which was supposed to have the ability to connect to lovefilm and iplayer. That had a significantly cheaper LAN adapter and the player itself costs less. Til now however, they have not been able to get the video content working. Perhaps if they did, Sony would have to reduce costs and become competitive.
The UWA-BR100 does what you need it to, however that cost is too much. Throw in the almost russian roulette approach to succesfuly connecting to your network and you do wonder whether you are better off waiting for reductions or Samsung getting their act together.