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Popcorn Hour A-110 HD Networked Media Tank - now only £157.50 delivered @ Advanced MP3 Players
Popcorn Hour A-110 HD Networked Media Tank - now only £157.50 delivered @ Advanced MP3 Players

Popcorn Hour A-110 HD Networked Media Tank - now only £157.50 delivered @ Advanced MP3 Players

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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.

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.

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.

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Thanks... mine should arrive on Tuesday

Might even get ebuyer.com/pro…282 for it!

Superb price for a great product.

great find
excellent product i already have the earliest version of pch .... now just to get them both on
the network so the wife can watch what she wants upstairs when the footy's on :-D

thanks OP

does anyone know if this can play ISO's? And if it does , is it any good?

Isn't the next model (C-200) about to be released?

I've been holding off from buying my ultimate media tank because of what it promises.

popcornhour.com/onl…=12

Great price, would get one if I didn't have the WD TV

can this play MKV files?

Original Poster

Godzooky 1973;5971573

can this play MKV files?



Yes, it does play MKVs :thumbsup:

works out at £151.20 with cash back

does this play vob files.

Monkey nuts 2;5972906

does this play vob files.



going by the tech spec page, yes

popcornhour.com/onl…d=6

Original Poster

Here is just a short summary of supported codecs and file formats:

Codec Support AAC, M4A, MPEG audio (MP1, MP2, MP3, MPA), WAV, WMA, FLAC, OGG, AC3, DTS, WMA, WMA Pro, LPCM, FLAC, Vorbis

Video Playback Formats MPEG1/2/4 Elementary (M1V, M2V, M4V), MPEG1/2 PS (M2P, MPG), MPEG2 Transport Stream (TS, TP, TRP, M2T, M2TS, MTS), VOB, AVI, ASF, WMV, Matroska (MKV), MOV (H.264), MP4, RMP4, XVID SD/HD, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4.2, WMV9, H.264, VC-1

And here is quite comprehensive CNET ]review

How do you get the Quidco? Doesn't seem to be listed.

Found! Searched under MP3.

Good deal thanks.

Is it worth holding out for the C-200 though? Will it take a regular 3.5 bay bd? Or a laptop Bd?

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I've had this a couple of months now and can say it's been pretty good but flawed. I'll see what the C200 is like and if it addresses the issues with the A110.

master_chief;6035752

I've had this a couple of months now and can say it's been pretty good … I've had this a couple of months now and can say it's been pretty good but flawed. I'll see what the C200 is like and if it addresses the issues with the A110.



What kind of issues dude?

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M1LFHunter;6037635

What kind of issues dude?



The biggest I have, and this probably isn't going to bother a lot of people but plenty of us are annoyed about it is the lack of PGS subtitle support on full Blu-ray rips. If you rip a blu-ray without any compression or conversion then the subtitles won't play at all. You won't believe how many movies have subtitles scenes in them! This is probably going to be sorted on the C200 as it supports BD isos but what about us A110 owners?

The annoying thing is they say they're looking into it but their resource is stretched as they're working on the C200. This is frustrating as they're pretty much saying "forget those that have given us cash already, we're concentrating on future sales!".

Other main issue I have is the problem with the player crashing when you play a file with a corrupt part in it. It doesn't just cause the file to stop playing but you can't play another file or anything until you go physically reboot the unit. I asked the developers about this and they more or less just told me it's an issue I'll have to live with.

I also have issues with the network connection to my PC, it falls off every now and again and I have to reset my PC connection to get it back up. There is no problem with any other machines accessing the PC, just the Popcorn Hour.

The latter two are issues that can be quickly fixed and are just annoyances that stop it being a smooth experience but the subtitle problem i can't get over. I just hope it gets fixed otherwise I'll be looking at a new media player. Like I said it probably doesn't affect most people as they won't rip blu-rays untouched, but for those that want that sort of quality then it could be a showstopper.

Why choose the relatively expensive Popcorn hour over the EGreat EG-M34A, which is about £50 cheaper and virtually identical in both hardware and software?

stunning price!

levis501;5967905

does anyone know if this can play ISO's? And if it does , is it any good?



yes and yes..

I had a similar freecom device, but for £160 it seems expensive for what it actually does?
I know have a PS3 which flawlessy streams the content of my NAS to the tv doing the same as the popcorn, but it has the added advantage of been able to play BlueRay, view photos, stream Music, Browse Web, and if you desire play games lol...
I know I might get roasted for suggesting the PS3 but the prices are falling and for around £60 more than the op's popcorn offer you get alot more for your money?
I just dont think people realise the media capabilities of the new game consoles....

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what justifies the price of the popcorn hr?

Tyler Durden;6102257

Why choose the relatively expensive Popcorn hour over the EGreat … Why choose the relatively expensive Popcorn hour over the EGreat EG-M34A, which is about £50 cheaper and virtually identical in both hardware and software?



Or....why not buy the Acer Revo, I got it for £159.99 from ebuyer about a month ago.

acer.co.uk/ace…358

Its a PC only slightly bigger than the popcorn hour and if you install XBMC which is free, and widely recognised as THE best media center software, you have the best of both worlds! Admittedly you need to install XBMC with Linux, which is also free, but its easy with all the guides which are now popping up, for example:

xbmc.org/for…282

Instead of just watching films you can actually use it for everything else too just like a normal PC, just dont expect to use photoshop or stuff like that for high end tasks! Trust me its an awesome little box although it may have become a bit more expensive now, I think the best place is ebuyer still at present:

ebuyer.com/pro…260

It looks amazing with the Aeon skin applied too in XBMC, which I believe is also available for the PCH now as well!:

aeonproject.com/

Still, this is a great price for the PCH, and admittedly its something which will work straight out of the box so have some heat for that, whereas the Revo will require some user configuration to get it working as a Media Center, but you get a lot more for your money and it really is easy to set up :thumbsup:

PS, if anyone is actually struggling with it for any reason drop me a message and ill try to help you out

the question i always have about these boxes is what is the output like? I use my PS3 because I know the quality it outputs, although some files play better than others. The main problem with the PS3 is unless youre streaming you are constrained by FAT32 files sizes

hmm this and the wireless bit or eva9150??? needs to be wireless anyone running this wirelessly?

Rustybucket;5968557

Isn't the next model (C-200) about to be released?I've been holding off … Isn't the next model (C-200) about to be released?I've been holding off from buying my ultimate media tank because of what it promises.http://www.popcornhour.com/onlinestore/index.php?pluginoption=productinfo&item_id=12



Scan says 18th Sept for C-200. Big price difference though!

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pc5020;6102333

Or....why not buy the Acer Revo, I got it for £159.99 from ebuyer about a … Or....why not buy the Acer Revo, I got it for £159.99 from ebuyer about a month ago. http://www.acer.co.uk/acer/product.do?link=oln85e.redirect&changedAlts=&kcond48e.c2att101=-1&CRC=2759084358#wrAjaxHistory=0Its a PC only slightly bigger than the popcorn hour and if you install XBMC which is free, and widely recognised as THE best media center software, you have the best of both worlds! Admittedly you need to install XBMC with Linux, which is also free, but its easy with all the guides which are now popping up, for example:http://www.xbmc.org/forum/showthread.php?t=55282Instead of just watching films you can actually use it for everything else too just like a normal PC, just dont expect to use photoshop or stuff like that for high end tasks! Trust me its an awesome little box although it may have become a bit more expensive now, I think the best place is ebuyer still at present:http://www.ebuyer.com/product/161260It looks amazing with the Aeon skin applied too in XBMC, which I believe is also available for the PCH now as well!:http://www.aeonproject.com/Still, this is a great price for the PCH, and admittedly its something which will work straight out of the box so have some heat for that, whereas the Revo will require some user configuration to get it working as a Media Center, but you get a lot more for your money and it really is easy to set up :thumbsup:PS, if anyone is actually struggling with it for any reason drop me a message and ill try to help you out



How is it at handling 1080p full Blu-Ray rips streamed or played off the HDD? Does the HDMI output handle HD audio like DTS-MA and True-HD? Does XBMC handle PGS subtitles in Blu rips?

I think this is what I want but perhaps someone can advise. Right now I use my PC to download TV from the UK and USA. I then copy it to either a disc or to a USB stick and play from my DVD player which has a USB input too. This is fine and supports occasional subtitles but it can be tedious. Ideally i would like to play this on my TV directly from my PC and then control with a remote.

A connected matter. I have had work done at home and took the opportunity to lay cat5e cable throughout the house. All the cables end up under the staircase. I presume I need some sort of switch there to connect them all up and to onwards connect to my router. Would i then be able to starem the TV around the house and place this box whereever I want?

Thanks

To answer questions previously asked.

The A110 will play VOB files, IMG and ISO image files. (It plays loads more but these three were spcifically questioned)

The output is fantastic, I've had an A110 since december, with a 1.5 TB Western Digital drive fitted. Best device I've ever bought hands down. Played awesome on my old CRT, even better on my 1080P LGLH7000.

The only downside, is that the nic is only 10/100. The new C200 does have a gigabit nic, though looking at it the C200 looks considerably larger than the A110.

master_chief;6102740

How is it at handling 1080p full Blu-Ray rips streamed or played off the … How is it at handling 1080p full Blu-Ray rips streamed or played off the HDD? Does the HDMI output handle HD audio like DTS-MA and True-HD? Does XBMC handle PGS subtitles in Blu rips?



I only use regular x264 rips myself, ive not tried a full on Blu Ray rip, ill download one tonight and see how it fares. I stream everything from my beast PC upstairs over 200Mbps powerline adapters. As for the support of those functions im not sure on that either but you may find your answers on this page. I couldnt see any mention of PGS subtitles...:

xbmc.org/wik…ecs

Subtitle support (embedded and external)
* AQTitle/AQT, ASS/SSA, CC, JacoSub, MicroDVD, MPsub, PJS, RT, SMI, SRT, SUB, VobSub, VPlayer
* JSS, MLP #11

does this answer your audio query?:
# Dolby Digital AC3 and AC3-WAV/AC3-CDDA 2.0 and 5.1 audio in video software decoded to stereo analog-out
# Dolby Digital Plus (a.k.a. E-AC3), and Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio software decoder
# Dolby Digital Plus (a.k.a. E-AC3), and Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio in Blu-ray rips via digital cable S/PDIF pass-through
# DTS (Digital Theater System) 5.1 and DTS-ES 6.1 audio in DVD-Video (DTS digital cable S/PDIF pass-through)
# DTS (DTS and DTS-WAV/DTS-CDDA) audio in DVD-Video (software decoded)

feival;6102861

I think this is what I want but perhaps someone can advise. Right now I … I think this is what I want but perhaps someone can advise. Right now I use my PC to download TV from the UK and USA. I then copy it to either a disc or to a USB stick and play from my DVD player which has a USB input too. This is fine and supports occasional subtitles but it can be tedious. Ideally i would like to play this on my TV directly from my PC and then control with a remote.Thanks



Assuming you're asking about the Popcorn and not the Acer//EGreat - you can run an external HDD to it. So download to the external drive, then plug it into the PCH. The PCH has space for a 1TB (some people manage 1.5TB I believe) internal HDD, so I guess you could hook the machine up to your network and download straight to the box.

Check out networkedmediatank forums for tonnes of info, guides etc. My knowledge is a tad ropey, sorry.

brill thanks

used 10% voucher quidco tracked at £7.09

H+R added

i have a popcorn hour

streams perfectly over my network,, , thats mkv's using x264 compression

feival;6102861

A connected matter. I have had work done at home and took the opportunity … A connected matter. I have had work done at home and took the opportunity to lay cat5e cable throughout the house. All the cables end up under the staircase. I presume I need some sort of switch there to connect them all up and to onwards connect to my router. Would i then be able to starem the TV around the house and place this box whereever I want?Thanks



Yes sounds ideal, as you say you just need a hub/swith positioned under the staircase and if possible place your router at the same point.
Then you will have live network points in all your rooms and like you say then can connect whatever you wish in any room?

redline;6103536

Yes sounds ideal, as you say you just need a hub/swith positioned under … Yes sounds ideal, as you say you just need a hub/swith positioned under the staircase and if possible place your router at the same point.Then you will have live network points in all your rooms and like you say then can connect whatever you wish in any room?



get a switch not a hub, the hub will broadcast data to every device on your network all the time even when it doesnt need to, the switch is more intelligent and only passes the data between the two (or more) intended recipients, retaining bandwidth just in case youre streaming...

it is very very slow compared to a tvix, i have just ebayed mine. The tvix 6500 is far superior media player.

mannitol;6103309

Assuming you're asking about the Popcorn and not the Acer//EGreat - you … Assuming you're asking about the Popcorn and not the Acer//EGreat - you can run an external HDD to it. So download to the external drive, then plug it into the PCH. The PCH has space for a 1TB (some people manage 1.5TB I believe) internal HDD, so I guess you could hook the machine up to your network and download straight to the box.Check out networkedmediatank forums for tonnes of info, guides etc. My knowledge is a tad ropey, sorry.



WD 2TB Caviar Green HDD works as well with new firmware

pc5020;6102333

Or....why not buy the Acer Revo, I got it for £159.99 from ebuyer about a … Or....why not buy the Acer Revo, I got it for £159.99 from ebuyer about a month ago. http://www.acer.co.uk/acer/product.do?link=oln85e.redirect&changedAlts=&kcond48e.c2att101=-1&CRC=2759084358#wrAjaxHistory=0Its a PC only slightly bigger than the popcorn hour and if you install XBMC which is free, and widely recognised as THE best media center software, you have the best of both worlds! Admittedly you need to install XBMC with Linux, which is also free, but its easy with all the guides which are now popping up, for example:http://www.xbmc.org/forum/showthread.php?t=55282Instead of just watching films you can actually use it for everything else too just like a normal PC, just dont expect to use photoshop or stuff like that for high end tasks! Trust me its an awesome little box although it may have become a bit more expensive now, I think the best place is ebuyer still at present:http://www.ebuyer.com/product/161260It looks amazing with the Aeon skin applied too in XBMC, which I believe is also available for the PCH now as well!:http://www.aeonproject.com/Still, this is a great price for the PCH, and admittedly its something which will work straight out of the box so have some heat for that, whereas the Revo will require some user configuration to get it working as a Media Center, but you get a lot more for your money and it really is easy to set up :thumbsup:PS, if anyone is actually struggling with it for any reason drop me a message and ill try to help you out



is it possible to use a logitech remote with one of these?

Zaxxan;6105953

is it possible to use a logitech remote with one of these?



almost any infra red based remote will work with it, for a full list of known working remotes go here:

lirc.sourceforge.net/rem…es/

but dont be worried if its not on the list as it will probably work anyway. i use the microsoft MCE remote

This isn't really that great a price at all. You can actually get it for about the same price direct from the official site (taking into account shipping and exchange rate).

rwgs;6108045

This isn't really that great a price at all. You can actually get it for … This isn't really that great a price at all. You can actually get it for about the same price direct from the official site (taking into account shipping and exchange rate).



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