Summary: Although I think this is in many ways a solid product in terms of what it provides - it it let down by poor component quality and dreadful customer service. I've had mine for about 2 and a half years now and suffered 2 blown internal power supplies. It's a very well known issue and the solution is that you have to order a replacement from the Popcorn Hour website and then fit yourself.
Summary: I unpacked and wired up the C-200 Popcorn Hour Media box, with arrived with almost no directions and a single HDMI cable. For this test I decided to connect it directly to my in-home network. The user interface for this product is about the worst I've ever seen. This is my first experience with any media tank, I expected something that would be fairly easy to use. I've a lot of experience with PC and network setup, none of which helped me.
It's the best unit if you're a techie - but very bad support
8 February 2012
Summary: I've had Popcorn Hour units since the company started working - they are the best if you know how to use them. Advantages - spectacular video decoding chip, user has very good control over what the device does, I saw very few software bugs contrary to reports on the internet. Disadvantages - hardware problems - failing power supply, main board - under heavy use you will need to change some part in the unit about every 18 months.
Summary: I heard about this product from a friend of mine. This product was able to play all formats I have. There were files that the audio were not playing. I had to download some upgrade from the internet and did some adjustment on the audio settings and after that it was all wonderful. The best part was the HDMI output and I connected it to my 7.1 surround sound. The video is fed through an EPSON projector on 120" screen. It is perfect.
Summary: This thing is really amazing. It has played everything I have thrown at it, even BD ISO files. The Blu-Ray video (1080p 24 fps) and audio (DTS-HD MA and Dolby True HD pass through) is incredible. But...and this is a major but...this gadget is not a plug-and-play device. It must be configured to do what you want it to do and that is not always intuitive or easy.
Summary: I have been using popcorn hour products for about 3-4 years now. I have several of the original a10s. At the time this was an amazing option for having streaming media from a server. My current setup is a 4tb drive with several 1 tb drives I connect to the various devices. Setting up the system is very difficult and requires alot of research. However it does things I have never seen on other devices. Torrent downloads come to mind.
Summary: I cannot understand how this product has been given so many positive "non-biased" product reviews. While absolutely gorgeous looking design, (even for the $300.00) after purchasing this thing April 2011, and spending all day trying to get it to work properly, I returned it for a full refund.
Pros: Plays damn near every format I"ve thrown at it from Mpg to the the Great MKV (which I have alot of ) very customizeable has great sound features like DTS-TMA and Dolby 5.1 and HD Audio Pass thru and has optional Menu creation system, also has optional har
Cons: With great features sometimes comes lack of ability. The Unit can be very buggy I mean like Windows me buggy ( not as bad as me but a little problematic at times) ..it has a dual microprocessor for the video and another for the apps built in one chip an
Summary: This is a monster of a player. At a size of a bulky DVD/Blueray player it surely is large. Don't let that bulkyness fool you! This networked media tank (NMT), as Syabas calls it, plays everything you can throw at it. Bought a rear fan to cool the thing (not needed) but to be on the safe side as one of my previous media playeres got toasted. Firmware updates are easy and frequent.