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Cheapest i've seen it around.

The Popcorn Hour A-110 is a enhanced version of the popular A-100 model. It adds support for 2.5"/3.5" SATA HDD and USB Slave functionality to improve connectivity and transfer rates. HDMI has been updated to the 1.3a spec, allowing full support of HD Audio pass-through for DTS HD-HR, DTS HD-MA, Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby TrueHD. The ports on the device have also been reconfigured, with a USB port moved to the rear panel, optical S/PDIF replacing the co-axial S/PDIF and a hardware reset button to allow for easier use of the device.

Popcorn Hour A-110 allows you to pull in digital video, audio and photos from various sources for your enjoyment on your HDTV or Home Theater setup.

You can stream or playback your digital media content from a variety of sources, such as your PC, NAS, digital camera, USB mass storage devices (Flash drive, HDD, DVD drive) , internal SATA HDD* and even directly from the Internet via the Media Service Portal.

It also serves as a NAS and a BitTorrent peer-to-peer downloader to eliminate the need to switch on a PC or other device for this purpose.

The Popcorn Hour A-110 supports the latest high bitrate video formats (MPEG2 [email protected], H.264 [email protected], VC-1 [email protected] in TS of at least 40Mbps) to give you up to 1080p high-definition videos.

In recognition of advances in Internet TV, the A-110 supports peer-to-peer Internet TV streaming technology from SayaTV, as well as popular unicast internet TV such as YouTube, Revision 3 and Vuze via the Media Service Portal.

The A-110 firmware is upgradeable to support future media containers, codecs and features.

It also serves as a NAS and a BitTorrent peer-to-peer downloader to eliminate the need to switch on a PC or other device for this purpose.

The Popcorn Hour A-110 supports the latest high bitrate video formats (MPEG2 [email protected], H.264 [email protected], VC-1 [email protected] in TS of at least 40Mbps) to give you up to 1080p high-definition videos.

In recognition of advances in Internet TV, the A-110 supports peer-to-peer Internet TV streaming technology from SayaTV, as well as popular unicast internet TV such as YouTube, Revision 3 and Vuze via the Media Service Portal.

The A-110 firmware is upgradeable to support future media containers, codecs and features.

* HDD not included, please refer to the HDD compatibility list for Popcorn Hour A-110
An internal HDD is required for these functions.
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#1
Theres a new model with extra features coming out thats why they have been reduced a bit.
#2
dapunk;5619486
Theres a new model with extra features coming out thats why they have been reduced a bit.

Its not a new model as such... its a different model.
#3
gary_rip
Its not a new model as such... its a different model.


Pedant alert!!!!!
#4
so come on - what's the new/different model got that this one doesn't? I need to know whether to splash out now, or wait a bit....
#5
The new one ius much larger and can accept a Bluray drive. Google it, it's called A200 or A220 or similar.
#6
The new one is the C-200, specs here. I'm hoping it supports PGS subs within .TS/.M2TS as that's the only thing stopping me getting the 110.
#7
no point with these anymore , not at that price anyway.
can get a full blown pc thats smaller and can do way more for less
could get a 160gb aspire revo for less and stick linux xbmc on it
#8
What hope does an Aspire Revo have of playing 1080p MKV files though?
#9
Spence1115
What hope does an Aspire Revo have of playing 1080p MKV files though?
Er, quite a bit?
#10
arnold.rimmer
no point with these anymore , not at that price anyway.
can get a full blown pc thats smaller and can do way more for less
could get a 160gb aspire revo for less and stick linux xbmc on it


I've not seen the 160gb quite that cheap? (more like 250)

But I think these have their place. Plug it in and it just works. Not hours of installing linux and xbmc, then configuring it all, tinkering etc. I plugged this in and watched a video in 10secs (that was off my nas too). I found anybody could work it out easily.

How quiet is the revo? I find this box silent. Its maybe slightly prettier than a revo too (especially if you have to use a keyboard and mouse to control the revo rather than the remote control of this).

I wouldnt say no point.... other solutions are catching up tho :thumbsup:
#11
Copied from the network media tank forums, regarding the C200 differences over A110...

The full features of the C200 are not yet known so how can any worthwhile comparison be done. If t is not on the list of FAQ here:-
http://www.networkedmediatank.com/wiki/i..._C-200_FAQ

Main Differences:-
RF remote (can be in different room and work etc)
LCD screen (do not need TV to browse)
mini-itx motherboard (can put in own case)
2 x SATA/1 x SATA+ 1 x BDROM
4 x USB external
1 x USB internal
864x series chipset (newer chip than A110)
cpu speed is increased (A110 300mhz, C200 300mhz plus 600mhz)
More RAM
BD License
DRM so we expect premium services such as Netflix etc.

The C200 is NOT a replacement for the A110. The A110 is about a quarter the size and is aimed at the current market. The C200 is aimed at those that want a hifi style case and a BD ROM or internal storage over and above the one HDD.
#12
Well id rather have two of the WD HD TV players, flash the modified rom on to it and buy a couple of wifi adapters.

Two for the price of one :)
#13
Better price found by johnlondon2000 here (£161.10).
#14
arnold.rimmer
no point with these anymore , not at that price anyway.
can get a full blown pc thats smaller and can do way more for less
could get a 160gb aspire revo for less and stick linux xbmc on it


yea, but you stick this under the TV and it just works
#15
Surely anyone who is downloading stuff could easily install xbmc on a revo with the guides out there ,
whats a couple of hours of playing with a new toy.
the 8gb ones at play come with a 160gb hd instead (142 notes with a 5 percent code)
it is virtually silent and uses less than 40 watts to run
the xbmc interface is gorgeous , way better than the popcorn one
you also have the bonus of some light gaming as well (9400 ion gpu)

the only advantage for me for the popcorn is that the new one C-200 has a lcd screen built in which means for music playing theres no need to turn the tv on which is a great feature .
#16
to be honest ive had the a110. i couldnt get the wifi to work. and it took time for my film to be put to an external drive to be played.

in the end i sold it on ebay and use my laptop with hdmi out to play my stuff.
banned#17
here is FAQ on new model

http://www.networkedmediatank.com/wiki/index.php/Popcorn_Hour_C-200_FAQ

Does the C200 have WiFi built-in?

No it does not as not everyone wants/needs it, so if you do have a need then you will need a wireless mini-pci card.
The B110 had one so if you look in that section you will find more details on mini-pci networking.
The spec is not known yet although it will be Wireless-N


Will WiFi be as slow as the A110?

No. The A110 is USB not mini-Pci, we hope for at least double the speed.
#18
If you click the little "i" at the side of the page on Scan, it usually take you to the original listing which is usually dearer - BUT if you click it and then purchase from the information page you will see the price is £169.04!
#19
Personally I just use a ps3
#20
defard
Personally I just use a ps3


And your PS3 plays all the media files that this does?

MKV?
#21
dijital
Well id rather have two of the WD HD TV players, flash the modified rom on to it and buy a couple of wifi adapters.

Two for the price of one :)


more information/links please
#22
arnold.rimmer
Surely anyone who is downloading stuff could easily install xbmc on a revo with the guides out there ,
whats a couple of hours of playing with a new toy.
the 8gb ones at play come with a 160gb hd instead (142 notes with a 5 percent code)
it is virtually silent and uses less than 40 watts to run
the xbmc interface is gorgeous , way better than the popcorn one
you also have the bonus of some light gaming as well (9400 ion gpu)


Play.com only has two Revos starting from £250. At £150 it would be worth considering but not for a hundred notes more.

neutron
more information/links please


http://wiki.wdtv.org/doku.php
#23
meherenow
And your PS3 plays all the media files that this does?

MKV?


Yes. Download PS3 Media Server (free download), works a dream.
#24
I convert the mkv to run on the ps3...takes 5 minutes and put it on the ps3 hard drive....a 320gig drive costs very little and holds a combination of bluray rips and xvids...oh and the new free music video streaming service on the ps3 is excellent as well (Includes playlists and everything!) . Tbh I dont have much faith in these third party boxes as the quality of output varies considerably...with a ps3 you know what youre getting after all it is the daddy of bluray
banned#25
meherenow;5626074
And your PS3 plays all the media files that this does?

MKV?

Yep just run it through MKV2VOB, takes a couple of minutes.
#26
I'm in the PS3 camp too.
#27
defard
I convert the mkv to run on the ps3...takes 5 minutes and put it on the ps3 hard drive....a 320gig drive costs very little and holds a combination of bluray rips and xvids...oh and the new free music video streaming service on the ps3 is excellent as well (Includes playlists and everything!) . Tbh I dont have much faith in these third party boxes as the quality of output varies considerably...with a ps3 you know what youre getting after all it is the daddy of bluray



For me, I have a dual core 1.8ghz, 2gb ram, it takes 20 mins for a 4gb file. If I have too many files, it could be quite time consuming. A media player like this or WDTV saves that hassle.
#28
machofairy
For me, I have a dual core 1.8ghz, 2gb ram, it takes 20 mins for a 4gb file. If I have too many files, it could be quite time consuming. A media player like this or WDTV saves that hassle.


Except not. If your MKV has DTS audio, it'll still need the audio transcoding (unless you have a separate DTS decoder & run the digital out through it, natch) before it will play on this or the WDTV.

EDIT: Ooops. Looks like this one (A-110) has a DTS decoder/downmixer. Still applies to the A-100 or the WDTV though.
#29
neutron
more information/links please

With unofficial firmware and and usb wireless adapter you are able to transform the WDTV in a media center with wireless (not 1080p) streaming capability

For all the infos
http://wiki.wdtv.org/doku.php
banned#30
machofairy;5626414
For me, I have a dual core 1.8ghz, 2gb ram, it takes 20 mins for a 4gb file. If I have too many files, it could be quite time consuming. A media player like this or WDTV saves that hassle.

You can batch them and leave it running when you are away from the PC? I guess its a matter of preference.
#31
I'd keep an eye on one of these - for half the price (£86) they look like they might do what the basic PH can do:

http://www.engadget.com/2009/06/03/asus-o-play-hdp-r1-media-player-wont-likely-see-your-o-face/

http://www.asus.com/websites/global/News/wUbKQ3nv6gSQaey2/20090602-b-1.jpg

Specifications
Supported video formats MPEG1/2/4, H.264, VC-1, RM/RMVB
Supported video file extensions .mp4, .mov, .xvid., .avi., .dvix., .asf, .wmv, .mkv, .rm, .rmvb, .flv, .ts, .m2ts, .dat, .mpg, .vob
Supported audio formats MP3, WAV, AAC, OGG, WAV, FLAC, AIFF
Supported image formats JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF
Supported subtitle formats SRT, SUB, SMI, SSA
Outputs

* HDMI
* Composite Audio/Video
* Optical Digital Audio

Inputs

* USB2.0 *1
* eSATA/USB2.0 combo port *1
* RJ-45 LAN port *1


http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=1038385
#32
londislagerhound;5626390
I'm in the PS3 camp too.


I could never get it to work that well, 1080p stuff would judder after about a minute of play maxing out the buffer, also trying to ff or rewind was a joke. Gave up after weeks of faffing and got a PCH A-110 and its not skipped a beat, plays everything I throw at it.
#33
Who wants the hastle of converting files etc its a pain and large files dont take just a couple of mins as stated. The Frontend of the WDTV is nowhere near as nice as the popcorn. Fairly decent price on the deal i think, but someone already posted one a bit cheaper. I would reccommend this to anyone, great bit of kit.
#34
MillsUK
Yes. Download PS3 Media Server (free download), works a dream.


Yeah - but then you need a PC too - right?
1 Like #35
I went from using a ps3 to one of these and there is no comparison.

For people that can't be bothered messing around with it, the popcorn hour is very convenient to use, any new media just needs to be placed in a folder and forgotten about. No recoding files to the correct format, or having to use an application like tversity (or wmp). If you have the time and will power you can install a jukebox which makes the interface far better than the adequate default one.

Oh and its almost silent unlike the PS3 (which isn't as loud as a 360, but is still far too loud!!)

In the end its courses for horses.
WD - for people on a very tight budget, a bit meh.
PS3 - for people that already have one or want gaming (and blu-ray!) as well
PCH - for those that want a small quiet networked box, that plays anything.
Media center PC - for people that don't mind a dirty great pc next to the tv, but can have the best device possible!

Of course there are loads of other devices but these are the ones i have used and owned at some point. I love my PCH the most.
#36
the idea of this is great, but the price isn't, as others have pointed out you can get a nettop like the revo that will do everything this can do, but also a lot more, and it's more future proof for new codecs etc, as anything that will run on a pc will run on it. the £150 linux model will probably run most media files out of the box, but to download and install xbmc would take 5 minutes tops, certainly not hours. linux would already be installed, or xp etc depending on what you bought, so from there you just need to download and install xbmc or whatever. you could even load xp onto it, and i imagine you could probably get osx working easily if you prefered that, and run xbmc. you can of course stick the nettop under your tv like popcorn, or even behind it

i've been waiting on confirmation of the £150 revos to have the 160gb standard HD's instead of the smaller SSD (8gb?) to connect to the tv in the bedroom, stick it behind the tv, get one of the wireless keyboards that have laptop style trackpafs, and i can surf the web whilst playing mp3s or watch video files. the esata port is great for connecting to my external drives. i would have got one straight away if i didn't know that the HD was being changed to the bigger size, and i would probably install xp on it, so a drive bigger than 8gb is best, but you could fit a slimmed down xp install quite easily, probably even vista if you were that way inclined

at the moment i have a couple of xboxes running xbmc and it's fantastic, i stream files from my pc, i love the visualisations for playing mp3s and flac files. it's just a shame it doesn't play HD content. you can pick up old xboxes for £20 in cash convertors now, which is a real bargain. it's just a shame the xbox360 can't stream files like xbmc and play mkv etc, as it would be ideal for that kind of thing

i agree that converting files before playback is a pain, but i imagine those that do that for the ps3 don't do this that often, as that's when you would find it a PITA

i'd say if popcorn was around/just under the £100 mark it would be a good deal, but without an HD, meaning you either need a pc or add hardware to make it work, it's not that great compared to the cheap nettops like revo at £150 which do everything and more, with little effort required. if someone can figure out how to download media, they will be able to figure out how to install xbmc on linus or install xp (£18 for a legit xp pro from playtrade, before anyone starts, although i imagine most people using something like popcorn would turn a blind eye to copyright law)
#37
dijital
Well id rather have two of the WD HD TV players, flash the modified rom on to it and buy a couple of wifi adapters.

Two for the price of one :)


Really, does it support DTS HD or any of the latest HD sound standards?
No LAN connection.
There's a reason for the price difference.
banned#38
Crossy;5626602
Who wants the hastle of converting files etc its a pain and large files dont take just a couple of mins as stated..

Clicking 'Add file' and 'convert' really is time consuming, especially when obtaining the original file is such a speedy process......
#39
Save yourself £100+....get a HDTV
#40
At least with the PCH series I can watch live BBC HD with a £20 quid tuner card in a PC somewhere on the network. That's where the requirements for file conversions fall over.

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