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Sony LF-PK1 LocationFree Player Pack for PC and PSP

by Sony
3.3 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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  • Stream TV or movies from home over the internet to your PlayStation Portable or PC (connected to a hotspot)
  • Watch TV or movies wirelessly around the hhome
  • Player Pack includes base station and software for PCs (Windows 2000/XP)
  • Connect your cable TV, digital video recorder (DVR), and DVD player to the Location Free base station
  • Control AV components using an onscreen universal remote contro
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model Number: LF-PK1
  • Hardware Platform: PC
  • Form Factor: External
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
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Product Description

Product Description

Sony's LF-PK1 Location Free Player Pack, which includes the LocationFree base station and the LocationFree Player software, enable you to watch TV and your favorite videos both at home and on the go with your PlayStation Portable (PSP) or Windows-based PC.

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Amazon.com Product Description Sony's LF-PK1 Location Free Player Pack, which includes the LocationFree base station and the LocationFree Player software, enable you to watch TV and your favorite videos both at home and on the go with your Playstation Portable (PSP) or Windows-based PC.


Whether you're viewing TV and videos on your laptop while traveling...


...or at the local coffee shop on your PSP, LocationFree technology makes it easy to take your entertainment with you.
The base station can be accessed via the internet while you're away from home, enabling you to view live TV, recorded TV (via a digital video recorder, or DVR), and DVDs. It also frees you from having to be tethered to your television in your own home, enabling you to use your laptop or desktop PC as your TV via your home LAN.

Sony's NetAV function simplifies operation and makes installation a snap with a simple worry-free setup wizard. The new LocationFree products also integrate a dynamic DNS service so there is no longer any need to use external dynamic DNS providers. This makes the setup process less complicated.

The new NetAV function also incorporates the MPEG4 ASP (Advanced Simple Profile) compression scheme for content transmission over the Internet. The MPEG4 format provides high quality video at lower data rates and smaller file sizes than the MPEG2 compression standard. Further, MPEG4 features flexible compression ratios and, when combined with the LocationFree service's automatic bit rate control, results in a multimedia experience optimized for the available Internet bandwidth.

LocationFree Player software is also equipped with a key system, which uniquely identifies each base station and PC loaded with the LocationFree Player by an initial one button registration. As a result, the content sent from the base station over the Internet is viewed only by the intended user.

Requirements
The LF-PK1 Location Free Player Pack requires a PC with Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4) / Windows XP, a broadband connection with a minimum of 300 kbps of uplink/downlink speed, and a routable IP address. Users must have either a Fixed IP address or must register with a Dynamic DNS service. Sony does not offer a Dynamic DNS service. Sony recommends the service provided by Dynamic Network Services Inc., which can be found at www/dyndns.org. When using a home network, the user's home router must support either DMZ or Port Forwarding.


What's in the Box
Location Free base station, Location Free Player software for PC, IR blaster, AC adapter, DVD instruction video, printed operating instructions


Product Details

Product Manual [5.92mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 2.8 x 2.2 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B000BGOWIE
  • Item model number: LF-PK1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 16, 2005

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

got it from local store

worried a bit because of some pretty negative comment, but the price is too irrisistible (cheaper than legacy Slingbox), then give a try

generally I am satisfied with this product

Setup: it is pretty easy, press and hold the setup button on the unit when adding device; channel add/delete is NOT centralized, you need to add/delete on each device connecting

Picture quality: this is OK on high setting, NEVER use auto rate setting on PC over LAN, use the highest rate when using over LAN

on high rate setting, the picture quality is pretty similar with Slingbox (note: up to 3Mbps bandwidth)

you can resize the window, but there's NO full screen option on PC

on PSP, you have 4 picture mode: original, normal, full, strectched (depends on your preference), to get the best compromise, use rate 4 (you can use 5, but you may experience interruption)

the base unit has 2 sets of A/V input (one of them has S-Video, just use regular cable)

all the testing and experience are based on LAN

the software requires key to install, not like Slingplayer, which is pretty straightforward, but the software on Locplayer is more simple

conclusion: get this if you have PSP (with software ver 2.5 and higher, the most current version is recommended), if not, get Slingbox (the slingplayer has full screen option)

note: this base station also has wifi AP built-in, but there's no way to hide SSID or disable wifi, then make sure you have good WEP or WPA setup
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Great product. If you're a gadget fiend as I am, then you'll have no problems figuring out how to use it. The "Quick" documentation is terrible, but readable.

The PC configuration of the base station is a lot better than the one that's formatted for the PSP. If you do install, install the PC first if at all possible.

Quality of the picture is great on the PSP, but lacking on the computer. It could feed better resolution to PCs but it lacks the support. It also wouldn't be bad if the player could support Mac/Linux. The PC player GUI is terrible looking but functional. PSP one is sharp and works like a charm.

As usual with Sony, the design of the box is superb. Very sleek looking. Could use some work in better functionality, but it's nothing some firmware updates couldn't solve if they got around to it.
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If you need to stream to a PSP, use Sony's LocationFree.

If you want to stream to Pocket PC, check out the Slingbox.

Both products stream to a PC. Compare the licensing cost of the clients for PC Streaming.

Some more tips on usage and comparisons between Sony's LocationFree and the Sling Media's Slingbox

[...]

Also check out Sling Media's Slingbox reviews here on Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000AMLXHW/

I'm streaming content from the ReplayTV. Works out quite nicely.
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By J. Nicolas on February 14, 2006
Got my PSP working literally right out of the box. (about 2 minutes) Got it working on HOT-SPOT right off the bat too.. Was a bit confusing though on getting the laptop to work (but then again) I didn't read the instruction either.. once I read the instructions got it working and configured the way I wanted it.

Seen the Slingbox too, but the slingbox doesn't offer built-in WIFI. Only part I have yet to get working is 2 PCs with the software installed at the same time.. It keeps saying that machine is already registered, ( Supposed to be a 4 license software ) but it's easy enough to change the registered PC. Highly Recommended for the techie-must-have-all-gadgets-type-person.
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Installed using the quick guide and could not get my computer to recognize the base unit. After trial and error I found that my anti virus software was blocking it on my network. There is a installation DVD that actually describes this but doesn't do it in detail. Then I needed to set up my router differently to set it up for "on the go" use (hotspots, and remote).

After getting it up and running, the picture quality was really bad. I adjusted the "rate" manually and it works pretty well, with average picture quality. I can control my Tivo using the remote on-screen.

I have yet to use it "on the go" at a hotspot, but I will try that next.

I bought this instead of the slingbox even though it's cheaper, because it's a Sony. I'm not sure if the picture quality is better with a slingbox.

I would rate it a 3 out of 5 because of the difficult installation.
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Ok its expensive... The picture is great... Easy to setup... Controls even Tivo. I also have owned the slingbox which is super also. If you have a PSP then get the location free. If you don't have a PSP then the slingbox is good choice. Only drawback is Sony is greedy or desperate to sell the PC client software for $30 dollars(Pathetic). However, the software is pretty nice.
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Got this unit for my kids PSP. Was able to get the unit working at home with the PSP (make sure the PSP is running 2.7). The PSP had problems connect from remote. Called Sony and got a level one support person. She was not able to solve my problem, but was able to get a support person call back to solve my setting issues.
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