Sony’s Locationfree fights back

Today is officially national TV throwing day – first the Slingbox announced its UK launch (story here), and now Sony’s LocationFree has finally landed

Today is officially national TV throwing day – first the Slingbox announced its UK launch (story here), and now Sony’s LocationFree has finally landed on our gogglebox-crazy isles.

The service was the first of its kind to be announced in the UK, but will now go head-to-head with the Slingbox for the wallets of World Cup fans looking to beam the Beeb’s match coverage to their holiday hammock.

Its ‘Base Station’ is similar to the Slingbox’s ingot, but has the extra power of being able to slot into your home wireless network so you can enjoy easy access to Neighbours in your garden.

Connect it to your broadband network, and you’ll be able to catch any programmes thrown from your TV with the LocationFree software from anywhere in the world, provided you’re in a Wi-Fi hotspot with 300kbps speeds.

It also has two AV ports for a DVD player or camcorder – which means it can act as your CCTV while you’re away – and has the extra advantage of being compatible with our favourite pocket powerhouse, the PSP (as long as you have software version 2.70).

The only drawback with all this placeshifting majesty is the price – at £350, it’s almost twice the price of the Slingbox. You’ll be able to buy it from Sony’s store from next week, but we’ll be reporting from our hands-on with the Base Station later this week to let you know if it’s worth the premium.