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Popcorn Hour A-110 Networked Media Tank - £167.89 @ Scan (with free delivery for avforums members etc)

£167.89 @ Scan
Beast of a deal! Saw this gain 192 degrees of heat 2 weeks ago on here at £178.24. This has dropped by another £10.34. So, free delivery for those who are lucky enough (me included). But normal de… Read More
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8y, 1w agoFound 8 years, 1 week ago
Beast of a deal!

Saw this gain 192 degrees of heat 2 weeks ago on here at £178.24. This has dropped by another £10.34. So, free delivery for those who are lucky enough (me included). But normal delivery is around £7, so even at that, its a steal.

I bought one of these back in September 08, and its been a major part of my home cinema. Ability to playback almost anything you can throw at it. Buy that 1tb Samsung F2 drive from scan as well at £57 and thats an absolute bargain.

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.

I know that you can buy it straight from Popcorn Hour themselves at a price of £155 including delivery, but you still have £30 import fees to stick on top of that which DHL will bill you for later.

So, Scan is cheaper, any problems, you can return to scan and not have to post to San Francisco if there is problems. I think i might buy another one of these....
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#1
You could always try and get Amp3 to match the price.
http://www.advancedmp3players.co.uk/shop/price_beat.php
And I'm sure they're aware of ow easy it is to get free delivery with scan.... unless you live in Northern Ireland that is.
#2
scan's customer service is rubbish. Had a faulty item from them and sent it back only for them to not admit it was faulty and refused to refund of even replace.
#3
Well, Advanced mp3 player wont match the price.

Thank you for taking the time to submit a price beat request.

The best price we are able to offer on the Popcorn Hour is £175, next working day UK delivery is free.
To take advantage of this offer, which is valid for 7 days, please enter the following coupon code in the space provided at the checkout....
banned#4
voted hot - nice deal!
#5
To my knowledge the hardware difference between this and the Western Digital HD Media Player is basically the network connection and room for a hard disk. How this makes it £100 more expensive I don't know. Great hardware but I am waiting for the day when a network attached media player gets under £100 before replacing my existing mix of XBMC and XP Media Center players.
#6
sibeer
To my knowledge the hardware difference between this and the Western Digital HD Media Player is basically the network connection and room for a hard disk. How this makes it £100 more expensive I don't know. Great hardware but I am waiting for the day when a network attached media player gets under £100 before replacing my existing mix of XBMC and XP Media Center players.


Like you have a bunch of xbox / XBMC media players but have plumped for an Xtreamer - 99 euros with a free USB WiFi antenna + 20 euros shipping. HD space as well for a 500G.

[url]www.xtreamer.net[/url].

Sime
#7
Not really up with these media streamers so I've a couple of questions if anyone can answer.

Q. Where do you get content to play back these? Rip your own DVDs? From the net, is it all ilegal p2p torrents for tv and films? Can you get iPlayer or anything legal via one of these?

Q. What advantage would a popcorn hour have over a ps3 used in combination with a NAS (with inbuilt torrent software eg. twonky and dlna capabilities)

tia
#8
Not convinced of the bargainosity of this when the WD is less than £80 and the Xtreamer around £105.
#9
What's the differene between this and the xtreamer?

Was thinking about buying either a PS3 or a BR player but i think this will be better for what i need, I want it to stream from the PC so the WDHDTV is out of the question.
banned#10
I Used checkout code 'jolly' yesterday for 10% discount. And quidco!

Should still work today? Brought price lower :)
#11
lpjones
From the net, is it all ilegal p2p torrents for tv and films?

lpjones

....a NAS (with inbuilt torrent software eg. twonky and dlna capabilities)

tia


:lol::lol::lol:
#12
sancho1983
What's the differene between this and the xtreamer?

Was thinking about buying either a PS3 or a BR player but i think this will be better for what i need, I want it to stream from the PC so the WDHDTV is out of the question.


Well.

Depends what you are streaming. Normal Xvid's, cheapest method would be to grab one of those asda or tesco dvd players which play back xvid from disc. If you have a mass collection of these, a PS3 can easily handle it over wireless.

MKV's cannot be played on the ps3. It needs to be put inside another container / or streaming them over from your PC, you need a program such as TVersity. Think thats the correct name. That automatically streams the mkv and encodes it on the fly for the ps3 to play it back.

Advantages that xtreamer and popcorn hour have is you can stick a hard drive inside and playback near enough any format.

Xtreamer can only take the 2.5" hard drives which at the moment are limited to 500gb. The popcorn hour can take 3.5" hard drives.
1 Like #13
As soon as I saw the 'Green Computing' section on Scan I decided they were tossers.

You either are a green company, and sell this type of bandwagon crap, or you are not.

The day they stop selling 850W PSU's and monster graphics cards is the day I'll believe they give a ****.
#14
COLD COLD COLD....

Since the new C200 model is being released anytime in the next 1-3 weeks...

So this is effectively going to be discountinued and will surely be available for under £100 in a clearence sale.



....Also to the noobs the WD streamer isn't the same as this. For a start the ethernet connection is a massive deal and is essential for streaming from a NAS which this is primarily designed for, Its file format support is also limited. Doesn't have any of the extras...

Well actually sod it, I can't be arsed to explain...But I wish you fools posting stupid comparison remarks had actually bothered to compare before just arrogantly mouthing off.
#15
hippyharry
Well.

Depends what you are streaming. Normal Xvid's, cheapest method would be to grab one of those asda or tesco dvd players which play back xvid from disc. If you have a mass collection of these, a PS3 can easily handle it over wireless.

MKV's cannot be played on the ps3. It needs to be put inside another container / or streaming them over from your PC, you need a program such as TVersity. Think thats the correct name. That automatically streams the mkv and encodes it on the fly for the ps3 to play it back.

Advantages that xtreamer and popcorn hour have is you can stick a hard drive inside and playback near enough any format.

Xtreamer can only take the 2.5" hard drives which at the moment are limited to 500gb. The popcorn hour can take 3.5" hard drives.


Well i have a few divx files which i stream to my 360, was thinking about a PS3 mainly for mkv, but i've since read it doesn't handle them well.

So i'm thinking rip all of the DVDs i currently have onto a 500gb hard drive, one disc about 4gb right?

Then stream divx/avi/mkv/bluray from my PC. Will both the popcorn and the xtreamer both do these things?
#16
I bought one and sent it back, I just didn't get on with it.

Didn't like the user interface and found it sluggish. Updating the the UI isn't straight forward and requires you to be quite technically minded.
#17
Awesome piece of kit - plays any file format you throw at it.... best gadget I ever bought.
#18
lpjones
Not really up with these media streamers so I've a couple of questions if anyone can answer.

Q. Where do you get content to play back these? Rip your own DVDs? From the net, is it all ilegal p2p torrents for tv and films? Can you get iPlayer or anything legal via one of these?

Q. What advantage would a popcorn hour have over a ps3 used in combination with a NAS (with inbuilt torrent software eg. twonky and dlna capabilities)

tia


If you've got a NAS and a PS3 already and it satisfies you then...don't bother ;)

If you want the ability to play mkv files and TrueHD\DTSMA and you have a receiver that can decode them and a decent 2-3TB+ NAS then it's just what the doctor ordered.
#19
ps3 is supporting mkv later this year
#20
I was about to sell my WD TV and get a Popcorn Hour for the .ISO DVD navigation support. However I have discovered that my WD TV does indeed play .ISO, it just plays the main title (no navigation) so I re-author with DVD shrink and any interesting extras go in seperate .ISO's.

WD are 'planning' to add .ISO support but I don't think it will happen.

The Popcorn Hour is a great machine for the network capability/DTS/HDD integration and full ISO support. If I didn't have a WD TV I would probably grab one at this price.

Hot from me ;-)
#21
robo989
COLD COLD COLD....

Since the new C200 model is being released anytime in the next 1-3 weeks...

So this is effectively going to be discountinued and will surely be available for under £100 in a clearence sale.



....Also to the noobs the WD streamer isn't the same as this. For a start the ethernet connection is a massive deal and is essential for streaming from a NAS which this is primarily designed for, Its file format support is also limited. Doesn't have any of the extras...

Well actually sod it, I can't be arsed to explain...But I wish you fools posting stupid comparison remarks had actually bothered to compare before just arrogantly mouthing off.


The C200 isn't intended as a replacement for the A110 which they will continue to manufacture and offer with no price drop. It seems there's one more fool arrogantly mouthing off... :whistling:
#22
kknb0800
scan's customer service is rubbish. Had a faulty item from them and sent it back only for them to not admit it was faulty and refused to refund of even replace.


not sure about postal services with scan, but i have used scan for many years, i shudder to think how much i have spent with them, but over the years for one reason or another i have had reson to take a lot of stuff back, faulty and simply not required and have had absolutly no problems with them at all, infact i`d go so far as to say they are one of the best companys ive ever dealt with for returns (apart from amazon), i remember when scan started out , going to bowlers computer fairs in there clapped out old tranny van, my how things change lol!
#23
Rubisco
The C200 isn't intended as a replacement for the A110 which they will continue to manufacture and offer with no price drop. It seems there's one more fool arrogantly mouthing off... :whistling:


How do you know this, not meaning to be argumentative. The C200 is an evolution of the A110 there would be no virtue to keeping both on the market for any length of time.
banned#24
robo989
How do you know this, not meaning to be argumentative. The C200 is an evolution of the A110 there would be no virtue to keeping both on the market for any length of time.


The manufacturers have stated this on their forum. They're basically going to be offering two model types, just like you get with most electrical items. A low end and a high end product. If you want a simple media streamer then stick with the A110, if you want to add a Blu Ray drive then get the C200.
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robo989
COLD COLD COLD....

Since the new C200 model is being released anytime in the next 1-3 weeks...

So this is effectively going to be discountinued and will surely be available for under £100 in a clearence sale.



....Also to the noobs the WD streamer isn't the same as this. For a start the ethernet connection is a massive deal and is essential for streaming from a NAS which this is primarily designed for, Its file format support is also limited. Doesn't have any of the extras...

Well actually sod it, I can't be arsed to explain...But I wish you fools posting stupid comparison remarks had actually bothered to compare before just arrogantly mouthing off.


Actually i must correct you on a few things, having shown more than a passing interest in media players since before Kiss created a lovelly dvd player i like to think i know a thing or 2. (i expect i dont)

The A110 model replaced a very popular play the A100 (the first NMT player)

On release the A100 did not wonder off and die, the A110 It added support for 2.5"/3.5" SATA HDD* and USB Slave functionality (handy harry) and suppor for HDMI 1.3...
not everyone needed that especially as the UK retail price on release was £220 then settled on 200 once dollar rate was better.
On release the a100 wasnt dead in the water or dirt cheap

the c200 has upgraded chipset (hopefully network speeds will be better) better wifi options
( a110 wifi was rubbish) and u get a funky screen - does anyone need it? ..if u have £300 to spare and dont have a play then worth looking at yes.
also the main reason to upgrade is blu-ray support

the WDTV can have a ethernet connection as explained here:
http://www.digitalera.co.uk/pages/wdtv_mod.html

the only thing i dislike is lack of DVD menu support (added soon i hope)
#26
hippyharry

Xtreamer can only take the 2.5" hard drives which at the moment are limited to 500gb.


That is one limitation that did not catch my eye as I looked over the Xtreamer website, thanks :thumbsup:
#27
also does the wdtv output the native fps of the source file (ie 24fps 30fps etc) like the popcorn hour does? or is everything output 25fps?

if so the picture quality wouldnt be as good.
#28
Yeah, its all great saying it can take a blu ray drive, but you guys are completly forgetting what on earth it can be used for.

You cant play legal blu-rays in it. You need to remove the encryption on the disc. It was like this with the other popcorn hours. You can connect an external dvd drive through usb, but the popcorn would not play dvds with encryption.

Its a total pointless feature having a blu-ray drive in it unless you were backing up your blu-rays at the moment. Makes as much sense just to back the disc up into ISO format.
1 Like #29
The PCH is a great full HD replacement for the likes of a Xbox running XBMC. It's quiet, low power and very flexible with regards to storage too.
Having owned one for quite a while now and use it exclusively as our media playback (we have a big WHS server box up in the loft which hosts all our pictures, video and music).

On the plus points:
Like said quiet
Expandable storage via 2.5 or 3.5 or USB based disk
Connectivity is really well catered for IMO
Brilliant 3rd party/community software - the TVNZB downloader is one of my favs.
Frequency of updates from the development team is also good at addressing bugs IMO.
Massive playback support of formats.

Downsides:
Something that so many of these companies are getting wrong IMO, it's that stupid form factor that doesn't stack with other items of AV gear. Sure its fairly small but never looks right in a stack of hifi gear
UI - very, very clunky in operation. There are no bells and whistles (as standard - but look to 3rd party support in the way of YAMJ for instance for an idea of what can be done) and it lacks fluidity and polish IMO. Quite a few times I have found myself in a loop of menus and become frustrated - this is usually when using the extra web apps/community portal thing that they have on there
Sometimes getting the correct combination of settings to get sound and picture to display properly does my head in. I have quite a few times where there is a lot of frame catchup/juddering because I haven't quite got the right selection of options correct.
#30
I too would wait for the clearance deals..

Nice deal though voted hot
#31
sibeer
To my knowledge the hardware difference between this and the Western Digital HD Media Player is basically the network connection and room for a hard disk.


The WD TV HD can be networked using a custom FW and a USB Lan adapter, these media players use much less power (less noise as well) than a PS3 or 360. I ordered a WD TV HD today infact for these reasons, plus the PS3 / 360 won't play h264 or (I think) MKV files
#32
Again, differences between WDTV and PCH A110 is dts downmixing,.

If you are backing up your blu-rays, remember to downmix the audio to ac3 then else WDTV will just pass the audio signal through and you are going to need an external dts decoder for it.

A110 has the licensing to downmix dts to stereo. Major advantage for those without a surround sound system
#33
hippyharry
Yeah, its all great saying it can take a blu ray drive, but you guys are completly forgetting what on earth it can be used for.

You cant play legal blu-rays in it. You need to remove the encryption on the disc. It was like this with the other popcorn hours. You can connect an external dvd drive through usb, but the popcorn would not play dvds with encryption.

Its a total pointless feature having a blu-ray drive in it unless you were backing up your blu-rays at the moment. Makes as much sense just to back the disc up into ISO format.


Just been to research this and you're talking complete rubbish. The C200 will be able to play retail blurays if it's got an internal drive fitted.
#34
Heat/Rep given! :thumbsup:

Nice price, even though I bagged one from Advanced MP3 Players last week for a net price of £154 (after "jolly" - 10% discount code and Quidco which tracked at £7 odd) :-D

Will update firmware, pop in a Samsung Ecogreen F2 1TB HDD and add loads of HD content on Wed and see what all the fuss is about this NMT...

Cheekster.
#35
bobbler
The PCH is a great full HD replacement for the likes of a Xbox running XBMC. It's quiet, low power and very flexible with regards to storage too.
Having owned one for quite a while now and use it exclusively as our media playback (we have a big WHS server box up in the loft which hosts all our pictures, video and music).

On the plus points:
Like said quiet
Expandable storage via 2.5 or 3.5 or USB based disk
Connectivity is really well catered for IMO
Brilliant 3rd party/community software - the TVNZB downloader is one of my favs.
Frequency of updates from the development team is also good at addressing bugs IMO.
Massive playback support of formats.

Downsides:
Something that so many of these companies are getting wrong IMO, it's that stupid form factor that doesn't stack with other items of AV gear. Sure its fairly small but never looks right in a stack of hifi gear
UI - very, very clunky in operation. There are no bells and whistles (as standard - but look to 3rd party support in the way of YAMJ for instance for an idea of what can be done) and it lacks fluidity and polish IMO. Quite a few times I have found myself in a loop of menus and become frustrated - this is usually when using the extra web apps/community portal thing that they have on there
Sometimes getting the correct combination of settings to get sound and picture to display properly does my head in. I have quite a few times where there is a lot of frame catchup/juddering because I haven't quite got the right selection of options correct.


I've been looking to replace my xbox xbmc for awhile now, had it many many years, I have over 300 films, the majority are dvd rips in .iso format. I still love my xbmc xbox to bits but it;s getting abit slow. Obviously the use of much older tech is taking it's tole but the software is still updated and I still love the ability to emulate my ps2 so I can play my ps1/ps2 rips, again in .iso format on it.

Would this be a suitable replacement? Obviously for emulation that's a no, but what about on the media side of things? What sort of interface does it use, is there much 3rd party support, is it better or equal to xbmc in anyway? Or should I go with a custom built HTPC? So I can then keep other bits and have a much wider range of 3rd party support (I'd be using xbmc again)
#36
Cuddy
That is one limitation that did not catch my eye as I looked over the Xtreamer website, thanks :thumbsup:


Off course with Xtreamer you can bolt on a cheapo 1TB USB external drive as well ;-)
#37
sammyb
The WD TV HD can be networked using a custom FW and a USB Lan adapter, these media players use much less power (less noise as well) than a PS3 or 360. I ordered a WD TV HD today infact for these reasons, plus the PS3 / 360 won't play h264 or (I think) MKV files



I know 360 will play h264 fine in an MP4 container.
#38
Forget about a Popcorn Hour. Get a PS3, get PS3mediaserver program, done! Flawless streaming of 720p over wire or wireless and flawless 1080p over wire. If yuo can't stream from a PC to PS3 then upgrade the PS3 hard drive and then convert mkvs with mkvtovob on pc and then transfer to the new PS3 hard drive, done!

The PS3 is hands down the best HD media player out imho, and I've tried a few! The Popcorn hour just has too many small things that annoy me. PS3 has none of these.
#39
just to note , i bought one of these popcorn hours at christmas for my parents.

it streams 720p and 1080p mkv's flawlessly from my 'server 2008 , media server'

i am using cat 6 wiring ! so wouldnt know what wireless was like....

the only thing that i find a dissapointment is there GUI , very basic .. but to my understaning you can now modify it ? like add movie art etc .. if this is so has any one got a link please
#40
antispam246

Would this be a suitable replacement? Obviously for emulation that's a no, but what about on the media side of things? What sort of interface does it use, is there much 3rd party support, is it better or equal to xbmc in anyway? Or should I go with a custom built HTPC? So I can then keep other bits and have a much wider range of 3rd party support (I'd be using xbmc again)


Would depend what "extras" you want to be able to do from your TV really. For emulation its going to be a complete no-no. The main CPU is not very fast (which is what leads to the rudimentary user interface) however the graphics/video decoder is outstanding.
As a media player I have not been able to find anything that it doesn't play so far including ISO images of DVDs and the like. Main thing this has over the Xbox 1 with XBMC is that it does 1080p source material without a hitch, I know the Xbox cannot cope with much above 480p from experience.
3rd Party support - there is a large active community over on http://www.networkedmediatank.com/ . As the operating system is a linux variant there are plugins available that have been ported across - bit torrent, NZB handlers, UPNP that sort of thing - these are handy depending of course if you already have a low powered quiet compact download box. I use the TVNZB script personally which is like having a series link on Sky+. It watches a website for TV program releases (you set up a few rules to let it know what you are after) and it then downloads them, unzips them and places them in a folder on the built in drive ready for watching.
Interface - I wont lie to you the standard one is abysmal IMO, but you can also do this with it using YAMJ - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtPImwm5uYc

As a wife and child friendly solution it's ideal. If you want no fuss and just want to play every file format you are likely to get hold then get one.
If you want PVR capability, web browsing, emulators (and ultimately full flexibility) then you are going to have to splash on a full HTPC - followed by the obligatory lengthy setup and maintenance that goes with a computer, which is not something I wanted to do as a media only solution - I have enough PCs and servers around the house without adding another one.

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