Keeping with the fresh announcements of new Vaio desktops and laptops today, Sony has also announced a new version of their "RoomLink" network media player, the VGP-MR100. Because the RoomLink requires Vaio Media Server to be installed on a the host PC, users without a Vaio still seem to be up the creek without a paddle; but those of you who happen to own one will likely enjoy its seamless integration.
Connecting by either plain old Ethernet cable or 802.11b/g, the new RoomLink has added support for playback of HD content (up to 1080i), and now also features compliance with DLNA guidelines (DLNA, "Digital Living Network Alliance," is an industry effort to standardize media communications across home networks). Sony has most likely chosen to throw in the HD support because of the release of their consumer-level HD camera, the HDR-FX1.
Besides these two new features, it looks to be the same RoomLink — it still plays MPEG-1/2/4 (and DivX) and WMV video, ATRAC3 and MP3 audio, and your standard run of image formats.
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