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 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: For the last 18 months, my Popcorn Hour C200 works perfectly, without fail, ANY kind of video file I "throw at it". I have it on my home network, including a NAS, but I run 90% of my files off of local 2TB hard drives connected via USB hard drive docking stations. Thermaltake BlacX eSATA USB Docking Station Anything from 500MB avi files to 30GB blu-ray mkv's, it just plays perfectly.
Summary: I'm very happy with this streamer. It plays every file I throw at it, it's well built, and it's fanless. Yes there are many streamers out there for less money, but very few of them play Blu-ray ISO files, let alone bitstream high-rez audio. That was what I wanted, so that is why I ended up getting the C-200 and I am very pleased. Network performance is quite good. Even without gigabit LAN it has no problems streaming full Blu-ray ISO's without any stuttering.
Summary: This thing is incredible. It does everything I want it to. Every file i throw at it, the pch reads it no problem. It was very simple to set up, just plugged it in and everything on my PC was there. I bought this only for streaming Matroska MKV files and it does that wonderfully. The only reason it didn't get 5 stars is for this price we deserve built in wifi. Anyone who tells you this thing sucks is wrong.
Summary: Love Popcorn Hour! It is very difficult to set up even for tech savvy person. My husband did a lot of research on all similar products and decided this was the one he wanted. He absolutely loves it and would recommend it to anyone. I, however am not a fan....my husband is glued to the tv and Popcorn Hour every night!
Summary: I have had this unit for about 4 weeks now. I am surprised at the negative feedback. It has been rock solid for me. I came from many years of using a media pc and I was ready for a turn key solution. I am a tech guy but I am pretty sure my wife could have plugged this in and figure out how to play my movies over a network share. The unit itself is big compared the other media players. Its about the size of a settop box.
Summary: This is a very good product for the proper user. It allows for the streaming of many advanced video formats from your PC to your television. It has good self support, but you have to be pretty savvy about using web forums and wiki pages to get the info. If the term Linux scares you then you probably don't want it. But if the term Linux is OK with you and you don't mind doing a web search to p what the format a .mkv file is, you will likely love it.
Good media player! Still needs some improvement but already very good!
Peter W., Amazon
29 October 2010
Summary: Here's my impression after 4 weeks of usage: + I connected the C-200 to my network, my TV and the power and it immediately found all components. + Playing media from a network place, from an internal or external drive or from the internal blue-ray drive was no problem at all. + The remote works great even if I'm far away and not pointing at the C-200. + It plays all the formats I have on my harddrive. + Setup of network (incl.
Summary: I upgraded to C200 from A100 and then HDX100. This is a nice machine. The menus are a lot faster. It plays all well-encoded dvd, avi , mkv etc. no problems. The LCD Display is hard to read from most angles though. The new YouTube app is very nice. It can also download from usenet and torrents - if thats your thing. The interface is basic but a new offical one will be released in the next few months, and there are plenty of 3rd party ones available for free.