Summary: I am a little bit geek, and I could have searched the forums to make it look nicer or work easier, but I am a Apple user so want stuff out of the box then I tweak it... This is a older version and writing this a long time after buying it... but other Media Players are out there. On the plus side it plays anything I throw at it!
Summary: The Popcorn Hour is one of the older generation of media streamers. It is not for the novice who wants plug and play hardware. It is more for the technical person who can understand some of the more advanced features/settings. It does play virtually every known media (audio/video) format. It will play Linux and FAT32 formatted drives, but not a drive formatted to NTFS. I have used it for a considerable period of time and I have found it to be very reliable in operation.
Summary: Finds media on all home PC's and laptops. Streams media from other sources and this is very good. Some built in internet radio links don't work and have to do a reboot to get access back to the box. You have to go on-line to find other drivers to get the box up to the manufactures spec and these links don't seem to work or are out of date. On the whole a good buy but there are better out there for the same amount of money.
Summary: Owned my pch for about 2 years and ive been pleased with it for sure. It seems to play any format you drag onto it for sure, my main use is for 1080p mkv and it plays them no problems. You can plug an external dvd drive into it also and while having an internal drive installed also an external drive can be connected also. The positives outweigh the negatives but ill mention them below No gigabit so best bet is buy a long usb a to b cable to connect to pc.
Summary: The concept of the A110 - a network media tank - is fine. It lets you put all your media (audio, video, stills) in one box, and play it in your living room, or on other devices across the network, while it will also play media stored on those devices. The implementation, however, leaves much to be desired.
Pros: All your media conveniently in one box
Cons: The on-board software looks like it was made by apes
Summary: I recently bought a popcorn hour and must admit it's not a bad device. I purchased it because I wanted a device in which I could back up my files e.g. pics, movies, music and then watch these directly on my Samsung TV without having to stream (since with streaming the connection can timeout you can't fast forward etc....
Summary: I brought this unit to play my MKV files, etc in the living room and to date it has not faltered once. Playback is faultless and HD quality is excellent. I was lucky to buy my unit "second hand-showroom model" at well under the retail price and it has been a money well spent. Suprisingly, I had no issues with set up just plugged it in to the television at it was recognised immediately.
Summary: I was at first a bit anxious when buying this product due to the fact that i wasnt sure weather it would play my vast library of HD movies (1080p and 720p) and it also had a hefty price tag. I am happy to say it has coped with everything i have thrown at it and i have most certainly put it through the works, what surprised me most was it played a 32gb full hd rip file without a fault. I installed a 600gb harddrive and it runs so quiently that you cant notice it is there.
Summary: The PCH A-110 is an impressive product with the ability to play most available media. The A-110 has good connectivity for both Audio, Video and Network. Packaging is excellent unfortunately the documentation is minimal, you will have to rely on the Wiki for answers to most of your questions if you are a newbie to this type of technology.