Sony’s new Network Player receives Audio, Video Files over IP Networks

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[InfoComm 2002] The Perfect Companion To Any Display Device, The NSP-100 Offers Excellent Picture Quality for Point-of-Sale and Point-of-Information Applications.

Sony Electronics Inc. today introduced the NSP-100 Network Player, a new appliance that receives audio, video, text and graphics as files over IP networks and plays high-quality, customized multimedia presentations when connected to a video monitor. Lightweight and compact, the player is ideal for point-of-sale and point-of-information applications, including retail, education, museums and attractions, hospitality, corporate training and more.

The Network Player offers excellent picture quality – including MPEG 2-based video, high-resolution graphics and text – making it the perfect companion to any display device, including Sony’s new line of PlasmaPro™ monitors. “Our new Network Player is a cost-effective content delivery solution for sending dynamic multimedia presentations to a single location or over an IP network, replacing the need for duplicating and distributing VHS tapes,” said Andrew Mougis, senior vice president of the Applications Systems Division of Sony’s Business Systems and Solutions Company. “An example of Sony’s commitment to integrating IT standards with A/V tools, the NSP-100 enables organizations of all sizes to communicate with potential customers, partners or employees at exactly the right location at exactly the right time. Finally, sales people can concentrate on sales, and educators can focus on teaching.”

Packing A Powerful Punch

A lightweight (just 2.2 pounds) unit about the size of a hardcover novel, the Network Player features a 40GB hard disk drive offering 9 hours of storage at 8Mbps (18 hours of storage at 4Mbps). It displays high-quality MPEG-2 encoded video at bit rates of up to 9Mbps, as well as full-color bitmap (up to 24-bit RGB) images and scrollable text.

The Network Player is designed for use in small-, mid- and large-scale environments in which content is distributed to sites over a local area network (LAN) or a wide are network (WAN). The unit can be paired with a single display, or for larger environments it can connected to a corporate intranet or extranet as one of many units deployed throughout an enterprise to locations on the other side of the country or around the world.

In addition, the NSP-100 features an on-screen menu – accessible by controls on the box or the accompanying remote control – which offers ease of use comparable to a VCR.

“The Network Player complements Sony’s broad range of professional displays, offering a complete solution for innovative and interactive messaging,” Mougis explained. “The unit offers the true power of multimedia delivery over IP networks.”

Multifunctional Distribution Management Software

The associated BZNP-100 Network Player Management Software offers encoding, customized playlist creation and file transfer/distribution capabilities.

Designed to work with the Windows XP and 2000 operating systems, the software quickly and easily converts digital video (AVI files) bitmap graphic data and text files into the MPEG-2 format used by the NSP-100 player. Users can then follow the program’s intuitive graphical user interface to create custom playlists, and then transfer/distribute the finished material with easy, drag-and-drop capability over private or public networks to the Network Players.

Network Ready

The player features 10/100 Base-T Ethernet networking via an RJ-45 modular jack; component, composite and S-video outputs; two channels of audio output and both RS-232C and GPI interface capabilities.

Pricing and Availability

The NSP-100 Network Player and the BZNP-100 software will be available in August for $2,195 and $1,795, respectively.

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