Summary: I've had two popcorn hours, the C-200 and now the A-300. The video quality of this was 3 years ago superior to any other mediabox device, which I think made these boxes very popular. At the time I compared several products side by side and the smoothness of the playback you got with this was a dream come true (and not sure this can really be attributed to the popcorn hour, but should rather be attributed to the Sigma Designs chip, which is the CPU of the popcorn hour).
Summary: I have several media servers on my wired gigabit network. I thought I would try this device to play videos from my server. Only buy this device if you are willing to spend the time to make it work for you, it is not plug and play. I have the lastest firmware installed but it will not play a blu-ray rip (iso) all the way thru. The audio will stop at some point or the movie will stop and you will need to do a hard reboot.
Worth the extra cost to have something nice that consistently works
Don't Stop Banana, Amazon
8 November 2012
Summary: We had a Popcorn Hour A-110 that served us well for a number of years before ultimately giving out. It ran 24/7 downloading torrents, playing videos, and serving as an ssh tunnel for me to go through when on the road. It sat right in the middle of always working while also being tweakable.
Summary: I received a defective popcorn hour media jukebox which I returned to Popcorn Hour. They won't pay return shipping and they accessed a 15% restocking fee because the box was damaged during shipping. After the fees and the shipping cost in both directions, I essentially paid almost $100 for a defective item that I had to return. I just can't believe how unreasonable this company was to deal with. Some of the other reviews indicate this a good product.
Summary: Already had the experience of the popcorn a-200. Also bought the cheaper Western Digital Live TV. The WD Live really disappointed me in configurability and file compatibility. Despite the bad customer reviews of the a-300 decided to buy one at a nice price. Connected everything and it plays like a charm. It finds movies everywhere on my network (given DLNA). I recommend this player to everyone that has basic knowledge of home networking.
Summary: This media server has the feel of a preproduction version, the kind when its numerous bugs are listed for rectification. There is even a website dedicated to these bugs and customer's valiant attempts to get round them. Many fail and give up as I did and send it back. It is a great shame as the basic package is good, the sound and picture quality were excellent. The problems are all to do with the execrable menu system and the Network Media Jukebox, i.e.
Summary: I've been through quite a few devices like this one, trying to find the perfect media player. Unfortunately, such a thing doesn't exist - at least, not yet. The current generation of devices all have their own little quirks and deficiencies, some of them more severe than others. But the Popcorn Hour A-300 is the closest I've found to perfection for my purposes, which gives the player a great deal of credit. Physically, the A-300 is just a brushed aluminium box.
Summary: I purchased the PCH a couple of weeks ago,as an upgrade from Lacie La Cinema, and while I was nervous at first, especially having read some of the negative comments I can honestly say I'm very impressed. It does take a while to set up so allow a good couple of hours to get started. You will need a hard disc but this doesn't have to internal. My PCH works fine with an external drive, a 2 TB seagate model.