Summary: I have 2 of these now and have been using them starting about 3 years ago. I don't have broadcast TV service of any sort and use them for all my movie and music playing needs. I've never had a problem with either of my units, and they play every type of digital media I've ever tried.
Summary: Even being a techy person, I had a hard time navigating the user interface on the Popcorn Hour. The remote has way too many buttons and many have cryptic names or icons. By experiment, it seems that several buttons perform the same function while other buttons do different things depending on what menu you're in. And without any documentation, trial and error is your only option.
Summary: I have to admit I've had this tool for some time. A long time. I never reviewed it because I didn't quite understand how to use it. Bad me. It's not very hard to use, especially when you use it with a hard drive. Here are the steps: 1. Put movies on an external hard drive (I practiced using torrented ones from a friend so they needed code software. I did this just to trick it.) 2. Plug hard drive into Popcorn. 3. Plug Popcorn into TV. 4. Navigate like you would Windows.
Summary: I have two of these networked with my desktop computer and I can stream videos any direction to/from my living room, bedroom, or home office. It plays 99% of all the videos I have ever tried on it. The only time it has problems is when the actual video file downloaded from the internet is bad. A quick re-encode with Handbrake can fix most videos within 5 minutes. I love it.
Summary: To keep it simple I'm going to use the PROS AN CONS system. PROS The system has played everything I've thrown at it codec wise, Has no problems with 720 or 1080 playback from my external hard drive of flash dive and has beautiful picture quality. PS hate Cinavia??? This plays them! Cons The thing that bugs me is the remote; if you don't have it pointed directly at the box, it will not respond to the remote.
Summary: The popcorn hour A-200 was recommended by friends but this unit would lock up and require the power to be removed before it would restart. This happened the very first day installed. It did down load an update to the system. But it still locked up. Seemed to do as advertised but the issue with locking up is not acceptable. I returned the unit for a full refund Yey Amazon. One of the reasons i keep purchasing from Amazon.
Summary: This is a great product. I have two of them. I also have the C200, the A-100 and the A-110. It plays everything I throw at it except older wmv files. My only real complaint is the cheap plastic case the device comes with. However, I would not let that stop anyone form buying this unit. The manufacturer keeps the firmware up to date and there is a lot of support out there for newbies.
Summary: I bought this product mainly due to the positive reviews made by other customers on Amazon after carefully considering the ASUS O!Play Air - Wireless N TV HD Media Player , Boxee Box by D-Link , and Western Digital WD TV Live Plus 1080p HD Media Player . I've had it for 3 days now. Unfortunately, this product has NOT lived up to my expectations.
Summary: The A-200 is a great media player, It has handled everything I throw at it without issue. It handles all the high def audio codecs with ease too. The customization is pretty good too, with the ability to run other jukeboxes besides the included one(which isn't bad... I run Yamj with the Zappiti look-a-like skin). I am thrilled with it's playability and customizability.
Summary: First of all, super fast delivery (free). Ordered on 4-13-2011, delivered on the 17th (yes, Sunday). Hooked it up to AV receiver through component cables and digital audio (coax). Setup was easy. Make sure to select video output to match your system. Detected NAS immediately. If you want want .iso, subs and chapter support there is an extra step in the network setup - add your shared folder as an NFS server. Then sit down and enjoy. Great sound and picture.