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Popcorn Hour made its name with the rather fine, if also rather expensive A100 and A110 media streamers, but now it has cooked up something strange and new that promises to redefine the breed by offering some unique hardware expansion possibilities. Popcorn Hour C-200 Networked Media Tank Popcorn Hour's C-200 Networked Media …

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Good Review

Good review, glad the PCH team finally got some reg love (so to speak).

As stated, new firmwares are always on the agenda, and as a mater of fact a new RC was released to the beta team last night (due friday I believe).

Hopefully with a new GUI on the horizon, with a "rich object based graphical" style, rather than the current HTML style interface, things on that front should improve.

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FAIL

75%... Really?

First off, firmware updates for the C-200 are not that frequent,

The gigabit interface doesn't do gigabit due hardware / firmware issues and the result is that the box will hang on file transfers (most of the blame being placed at the chipset vendor (Sigma Designs)).

Some people are finding the box is also prone to random audio drop outs when playing MKVs, where as the previous version the A-110 worked fine.

If you wish to view the true horror that is the c-200 visit the NMT website (owner forum) rather than the official popcorn site.

I have to admit I regret buying one!

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Xtreamer

Still no review of the Xtreamer? Amazing value for money. I'm chuffed to bits with mine.

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A/V sync

To my knowledge there is no way to tinker with the A/V if it doesn't sync up so well.

No review ever seems to cover this, but it's a big deal for me (and i'm sure for others as well).

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sounds crap to me.....

far too many issues for me to be even vaguely interested. for that price you could build a little media pc!

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Happy

Another Xtreamer fan here

Cheap and does the job well. Even supports NFS mounting for the Unix lovers!

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got one also

I didn't want to go to the trouble of building a good media pc.

Bit expensive, interface not yet on par with a XBMC, still some problems with large mkv and DVD isos.

One solution is to "downgrade" the gigabit link to 100 Mb, and it seem to solve most problems.

Except for that, I'm very happy with this piece of kit.

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MyXerver

Just a quick note - unless you know differently, the MyXerver is not available. I tried to buy one through Amazon after your excellent review but they kept delaying delivery before cancelling the order. Novatech did the same. According to google, it is not available anywhere and I'm not convinced it ever was - although they seem to have sent out plenty of review units. Just thought I'd mention it as you guys seem to refer to it fairly regularly.

The popcorn looks okay, but I'd far rather it could take a BluRay AND a 3.5". That way around, it would make a very versatile NAS, Media Player and BluRay all-in-one - and for similar money to buying all three separately. As it is, the 2.5" limits the storage making it no use as a NAS. Then it starts looking rather expensive.

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Media PCs no longer need building, really.

We have a new generation of all in one units with HD graphics on-chip, which will make dedicated media players obsolete, I reckon. The Acer Aspire Revo with a USB Bluray drive is the one I settled on, although it doesn't handle HD content from files at all well, probably due to lack of CPU power. Perfect for SD content and Bluray disks, and I'm guessing that the generation just being released now will be fine with HD from disks.

Saves all those frustrations when a media player won't handle something, and you can't install new software to cope.

GJC

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Youtube??

Sybas (the guys who made the NMT technology and license out the software) no longer have an agreement with Google for watching Youtube videos. That's why they went bye bye no my eGreat

Have PH made this one to bypass this problem?

You say it plays flash - NMTs don't as far as I'm aware (mine doesn't) - Youtube was previously an mp4 feed I think.

Nice unit - pricey though. Best used with YAMJ with a decent skin (I like unique glass black) - absolutely brilliant for media, and the first "fiance approved" bit of kit I've bought in many years.

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Media PC.

Media PC? Don't make me laugh. Imagine being halfway through Avatar when Windows decides to download updates and reboot.

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Windows Media PC?

Don't make me laugh, Windows on a media PC is a strange concept, XBMC runs much better on my PC under Ubuntu than under XP.

Plus I've got it setup to boot straight into an XBMC session, no need to even see the desktop.

And anyway, it's fairly easy to set Windows so that it doesn't download updates automatically, and even if it does you can set it to not install them without your say so.

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No YouTube

By the way, YouTube was removed from the Popcorn Hour last month at Google's request.

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Read the forums first

Make sure you have a good read of the NMT forums (http://www.networkedmediatank.com) before getting one of these, there are subtle bugs in various areas that can trip up the non-geeky user! This is definitely a hobbyists device, not for mum and dad!

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How much?

Christ this thing is expensive! It might play virtually any format but a 360 / Tversity combination plays DIVX and AVI files easily and for a lot cheaper than this item. If I had this much money to burn I'd rather build a dedicated media PC and have fully functional device connected to my TV. But to spend this much on something you have to add to anyway is laughable!

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A200

If you want a cheaper alternative, without the BR drive and LCD.

They have just announced (about an hour ago), the new A200, same chip $179

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