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This media centre has given me and I am sure many others a solution to watching High Definition Media on their LCD/Plasma TV sets. It is a "Streamer" that can stream content up to 1080p. This is done through HDMI on my set, but the back of the unit has the following connections. Ethernet, HDMI in, S/PDIF out, stereo RCA and composite video, S-Video and component video out.
I haven't had any problems and installed in mine I have a 500GB Western Digital which is loaded with movies from my personal collection. Music and Photos can also be put onto the hard drive and views on the TV. The popcorn hour hasn't had a problem with any of the files I have tried to play on it so far. I've been using the .mkv container with h.254/aac3/dts and they have worked flawlessly. Xvid and Divx have also run fine.
To get files across onto the machine I have it plugged into my router where I can drag and drop files straight on to it. It doesn't take long and saves me a lot of time of not having to unconnect the machine and plug it directly into the PC. It is a very flexible machine and you can tell it is a quality product straight away after opening the box.
It also has a BitTorrent client built into it so you can download your legal torrents straight to the box bypassing your PC. This is a very useful feature if you want to get the latest movie trailers on to it to view on the big screen.
Picture quality is excellent as is sound, the option of it being able to play full DTS with full 5.1 surround sound is a bonus that letter media players can't do.
There is also a huge community that is constantly providing firmware updates so that you are able to stay up to date with the latest codecs such as FLAC.
It is a great player and if it is within budget I would highly recommend it. The option of being able to put USB pendrives into it as well is a real bonus.
Popcorn Hour A-100 allows you to pull in digital video, audio and photos from various sources for your enjoyment on your HDTV or Home Theater setup.
You can stream or playback your digital media content from a variety of sources, such as your PC, NAS, digital camera, USB mass storage devices (Flash drive, HDD, DVD drive), internal HDD and even directly from the Internet via the Media Service Portal.
It also serves as a NAS and a BitTorrent peer-to-peer downloader to eliminate the need to switch on a PC or other device for this purpose.
The Popcorn Hour A-100 supports the latest high bitrate video formats to give you up to 1080p high-definition videos.
In recognition of advances in Internet TV, the A-100 supports peer-to-peer Internet TV streaming technology from SayaTV, as well as popular unicast internet TV such as YouTube, Revision 3 and Vuze via the Media Service Portal.