The Popcorn Hour A-110 was a big hit with geeks around the world for its almost unrivalled ability to handle media. Unfortunately it was not all perfect, the unit was a bit slow to navigate, it transferring files to it was extremely slow due to the 100Mb Ethernet and various other little annoyances.
Week now it seems most of these issues will hopefully be ironed out with the release of the Popcorn Hour C200. Some of the key improvements that are worth noticing are:
- A more powerful SMP8643 Sigma Chip compared to the A-110’s SMP8635. This should improve a lot of the issues the A-110 had.
- Gigabit Ethernet – This will make a huge difference if you are running a gigabit network.
- Possibly support for DVD and Blu-Ray. The removable tray at the front of the player apparently will support a DVD drive or Blu-Ray Drive
- It is significantly bigger than the A-110.
Obviously you will also get all the usual great features of a Network Media Tank including UPnP, Samba, NFS, BitTorrent, Usenet. Then web services such as YouTube, Vuze, and Revision 3 and finally the ability to play almost any media file you throw at it include 1080p videos.
Full specification after the jump.
The above image is from HomeTheatre.co.il and shows the C200 with a Blu-Ray Drive.
Windows Media Connect
Windows Media Player NSS
Media servers: myiHome, myiHomeLite, myiHomeMS (UPnP), MSP Portal
Third party media servers: WizD, SwissCenter, Llink, GB-PVR
NAS access: SMB, NFS, FTP
Audio: Jamendo, iPodcast, BBC Podcast, Indiefeed, CNN News, ABC News
Photo: Flickr Photo, Picasaweb Photo, Pikeo, 23
RSS feed: Yahoo! Weather, NMT Forum, Bloglines, Cinecast, MSNBC News, Traffice Condition, Yahoo! Traffic Alerts, Yahoo! News, Weather Bug
Peer-to-peer TV: SayaTV
Internet Radio: Radio box, Live365 Radio
MPEG1/2/4 Elementary (M1V, M2V, M4V)
MPEG1/2 PS (M2P, MPG, DAT, VOB)
MPEG2 Transport Stream (TS, TP, TRP, M2T, M2TS, MTS)
AVI, ASF, WMV
MOV (H.264), MP4, RMP4
MPEG-4.2 ASP@L5, 720p, 1-point GMC
SMPTE 421M (VC-1)
MPEG audio (MP1, MP2, MP3, MPA)
WMA, WMA Pro
MPEG-1 Layer 1, 2, 3
DTS, DTS-HD HR, DTS-HD MA
Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD
ISO, IFO navigation
Rich Object Based Interactive Graphics
Blu-ray ready (requires addition of compatible BD-ROM and at least 1GB USB stick or internal HDD)
JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF
SRT, MicroDVD SUB, SSA, SUB/IDX
Cardea DRM (WMDRM-ND)
Janus DRM (WMDRM-PD)
Sigma Designs SMP8643, 667MHz CPU with floating point coprocessor.
512MB DDR2 DRAM, 256MB NAND Flash
HDMI v1.3a with CEC, 36bpp deep color, 12-bit xvYCC processing and HDCP 1.2 content protection
Stereo Analog Audio
S/PDIF Optical and Coaxial Digital Audio
192×64 dots white text on blue background LCD display, with software adjustable brightness and power off
Power button with standby, reset and full power down
2x USB 2.0 host at the front
2x USB 2.0 host at the back
1x USB 2.0 internal
2x SATA (one occupied by HDD tray)
3.5" HDD tray
Internal mounting for 2.5" HDD
2.4GHz RF Remote Control
Infra-Red Remote Control port (Infra-Red Remote Control optional)
miniPCI MII interface for 11n WiFi card (optional)
100~240V AC, 50~60 Hz, max 2.5A
typical: 13 W (no additional device installed/attached)
maximum: 70 W
Width x Depth x Height : 425mm x 290mm x 80mm (16.73" x 11.42" x 3.14")
3.7kg (8.3 lbs)
Popcorn Hour C-200 (HDD not included)
IEC 60320 C13 power cord
1.5M length HDMI cable
RF Remote Control with 2 "AAA" batteries
Quick start guide