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HD Media Player: Popcorn Hour A-100

Postby DJF3 » Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:34 am

Just received my new media player. After using the KiSS DP-558 for many years (very happy with it!) I just received the Popcorn Hour A100.
http://www.popcornhour.com
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<u>What does it do?</u>
Check out the PCH website. In a nutshell:
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<li> Supports HDMI and component up to 1080p, 10/100 Ethernet </li>
<li> it <b>plays</b> Movies (incl. H264/MKV/Divx/Xvid/etc), Music and Pictures that are on a local (optional) harddrive, NAS or other server in the network. </li>
<li> it <b>streams</b> media from the internet to your TV: Youtube, Google Video, MetaCafe and many other blogs and podcasts. For radio: shoutcast. Peer-to-peer TV: Saya TV </li>
<li> it plays <b>pictures</b> from your image providers like flickr, picasa etc. </li>
<li> it connects to any <b>RSS feeds</b> like traffic info, weather, autoweek.nl, etc. </li>
<li> has limited <b>browsing</b> capabilities. I'm working on a usable interface to Homeseer. Not because it is the most practical thing ever. Only because it is <i>possible</i>. Isn't that enough [:)] </li>
<li> it has a <b>bittorrent</b> client that works if you put a harddrive in the device (haven't played with this yet - thinking about getting a huge flash-card) </li>
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You open the box (warranty remains!) and see.... nothing plus some nothing and then a print just larger than a creditcard [:)] haha. That's all.

<u>The good</u>
-It plays virtually every file you can find
-Many features
-A lot of development is going on
-Supports some kind of web-browsing (working on the HomeSeer integration now)
-Small, silent and cool (if you don't put the optional harddrive in it)
-It has an ethernet port, adding to my list http://www.domoticaforum.eu/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=546

<u>The less good</u>
-User interaction could be better (GUI, remote control design)
-Speed up in general (internet connection, browsing, GUI responsiveness)

<u>Conclusion</u>
Brilliant device, especially for this price. Plays HD content perfectly. Heck, I might even buy another one!

There's quite some info missing in this message but the following URL's might satisfy you information hunger. Checkout the wiki, it's very good.
<b>More info:</b>
Forum: http://www.networkedmediatank.com
Wiki: http://www.networkedmediatank.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
Review: http://www.kolbu.com/popcorn-hour-nmt-networked-media-tank-a-100/
Lots of info: http://www.mpcclub.com (has created some good guides!)
Price: $180 + $45 shipping + tax (customs) or just buy it at divxplayer.nl

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Postby Noel » Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:59 am

Nice.

I also have KiSS DP-558 HD recorder, and I'm loving it.
Only problem with it is that I can not "stream" DVD's (that I have on my PC) to the DP-558.
It does work, but I need to 'recode' the DVD files to one big file 1st :/

The Popcorn Hour A100 does looks interesting :-)

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Postby Snelvuur » Thu Mar 20, 2008 11:39 am

It does not do .iso files either .. if it did that i might get one too. And does it support h.264 codec? (or the one thats for HD movies)

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Postby AenG » Thu Mar 20, 2008 1:03 pm

I'am waiting for this device Grabn'GO Media Giant !

http://www.hdtvnieuws.nl/hdtv/conceptro ... troductie/

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Postby Snelvuur » Thu Mar 20, 2008 1:10 pm

Dont see .mkv support / 264 codec on that one aswell. Looks more like a mediacenter pc. Then you can just as well go for the windows "mediaportal" installation which is basicly a windows version of XBMC.

If only they could speed up things with the linux port for XBMC.. that would rock. (even for you windows freaks)

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Postby DJF3 » Thu Mar 20, 2008 1:18 pm

KiSS: no H264, no streaming of DVD's or ISO's.
PCH A100: H264, playing remote ISO's, streaming of DVDs not tested yet.

As the Popcorn Hour can play a whole bunch of streaming media I'm looking forward to get 'Uitzending gemist' on the box. Haven't been able to get it to work though :-(
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Postby Mhwlng » Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:29 pm

there seems to be a whole range of these networked media tank devices now, all using the same chip&firmware :

e.g.

http://www.istarhd.com/ (I read that it has a fan unlike the popcorn)

I just pre-orderded one of these for $219.00 (ex. shipping/tax)

http://hdx1080.com/content/view/72/101/

it is made of 1.5kg aluminium, has a bunch more connections (no component) and has no fan...


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Postby Snelvuur » Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:48 pm

That hdx1080.com.. it says
DVD RIP Format: ISO, IFO

But does that mean it will rip it to ISO, or that it plays .ISO files?

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Postby Mhwlng » Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:57 pm

I don't know. I doubt that it can rip dvd's

I see on the wiki faq :

>>Can I plug in an external DVD rom?
>>Yes you can, the USB port can support an external DVD rom.
>>However, the sigma 8635 chip does not support CSS encryption.
>>Your DVD must not be CSS protected.


>>Why can't I view my DVD .iso file using MyiHome?
>>Myihome does not support DVD playback.
>>Please use SMB/NFS for playback instead.


maybe DJF3-2 tried this ?

all 3 NMT devices should have identical software functionality.

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Postby Mhwlng » Fri May 02, 2008 3:16 pm

I just received my hdx1080 from china.

I haven't added a (SATA) hard disk yet.

I use a synology DS107+ to serve movies with twonkymedia 4.4.4.i installed on it as uPnP av media server (so I don't use the built-in synology uPnP server).

so the NMT device is the uPnP av renderer

(I don't think that I want to use the NMT device for music/photos)

I have some 1900x1080 MPEG2TS test movies from pioneer/panasonic and they stream fine without stuttering (looks much better than on my PC (using zoomplayer and various MPEG2 directshow filters))...

I only have one 1900x1080 WMV/ASF (BBC planet earth intro) test movie and that stutters, but It does that on my fast PC as well (even with the file on the pc's local hard disk)...

I still need to get some proper blu-ray files to test (I think that they are 28Gb files!)...

I found that I can remotely select, start and stop a particular movie using uPnP :

I used this open source c++ toolkit :

http://sourceforge.net/projects/platinum/

and I used the supplied example program : MicroMediaController.exe

so my pc is the uPnP av control point

I'm still investigating : if it is possible to make a girder plugin using this toolkit, to start streaming a particular movie (from netremote/girder)...

and then using either the irtrans device or also uPnP to play/stop/pause/ffwd etc.

that way I could use Netremote to control everything and I would never need to use the infrared remote control...

(my current solution for movies involves a pc and zoomplayer, which can be easily remote controlled)

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Postby Jfn » Fri May 02, 2008 5:47 pm

If I may ask, what where the total costs including taxes? I Know shipping charges are about USD 45,-

Additional charges are import duties, VAT and possibly the courier charging you for the paperwork involved in passing the unit through customs.
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Als het niet gerepareerd kan worden dan is het niet kapot!
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Postby Mhwlng » Fri May 02, 2008 5:54 pm

the description on the commercial invoice from shenzen china was :
'hard disk box' US$ 55,-
free sample without commercial value
So far, I have not received an invoice for VAT/import duty (YMMV [8D] )...

I made use of a special discount (now no longer available)
and I paid 184,49 EUR = US$219.00 + US$56 Shipping
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Postby Jfn » Fri May 02, 2008 7:41 pm

Sounds interesting [:)]

Btw, one can pre-order the Popcornhour again on the popcornhour website.

I was thinking of ordering a unit for the occasional viewing of material on the TV in the living room. Including taxes the PCH would cost me about E 180,-

However, I have owned similar units before (among them a TVIX-4100) and my experience with these kind of units is that the time-to-market is very short and thus these units lack stability. I also got rid of the 4100 because of firmware issues.

And the cheaper these units are going to get, the less money there is left to support them (firmware updates; Developing software does not come cheap)

I fitted my PC with an extra videocard and use the PC to play material from my own collection and the internet. Works flawlessly and no strange firmware problems or whatsoever.


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Postby Mhwlng » Fri May 02, 2008 7:51 pm

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">And the cheaper these units are going to get, the less money there is left to support them (firmware updates; Developing software does not come cheap)
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I only got the thing for 5 minutes and already ran into a nasty bug [:D]
I thought that I had some weird HDMI hardware problem with my Samsung TV

But, I just found it in the confirmed bug list :

<i>1) When playing SD Divx movie, after pressing STOP the screen will turn black and will not return to GUI for a long time - Working on a fix</i>


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Postby Snelvuur » Sun Feb 22, 2009 5:56 am

http://www.1dayfly.nl/ <- still 6 hours to go for a popcorn a110..

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