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Written by Brook Moore   
Saturday, 31 January 2009
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ph-12.JPGPopcorn Hour A-110

Today we get our grubby little hands on the Media Player coined “Networked Media Tank”; this is the Popcorn Hour A-110. While its name recognition is not that of Apple, it does imply that it's time to sit and enjoy some theater.


When it comes to watching HD Video on your Plasma / LCD Tele, there is a plethora choices. You can use your Cable / FiOS / DirecTV box, TiVO, HTPC, AppleTV as well as a several Media Players that are currently out there. 

While we won't tell you we are a high end Media based site, we have done our share of dabbling with the gear.  Most of us, in one way, shape or form, have built an HTPC or used a Media Player, be it Windows based as Scott prefers, or Linux based as I tend to lean towards.  No matter the solution, there is always a catch, something that just doesn't work right or play properly, could we be starting an era where things just work?  The A-110 is a Media Player that's compact, silent and plays damn near everything but the kitchen sink, lets see if it fits the bill...


The packaging of the PCH A-110 is done very nicely. Opening the box I was expecting something a little, well, more substantial, this thing is barely larger then a 3.5” USB Disk Enclosure.


Included with the PCH A-110 is a very nice shielded HDMI 1.3a compliant cable, a USB Slave cable, mounting screws for a 2.5” or 3.5” internal SATA drive, a remote and batteries for said remote.

Let's take a look at what this thing can do...


  • Bonjour

    • Apples Service Discovery Protocol (installed with iTunes)


    • Simple Service Discover Protocol (Windows Variants, IETF Expired draft)

  • UPnP AV

    • Audio Video (A standard for Media Servers)

  • Windows Media Connect

    • UPnP AV Server, renamed to HME (Home Media Ecosystem)

  • Windows Media Player NSS

    • Network Sharing Service

  • SMB / CIFS / NFS

  • HTTP servers: , , , MSP Portal, ,

  • Bit Torrent P2P

  • NAS access : SMB, NFS, FTP



  • Video : YouTube, Veoh, Videocast, DLTV, Cranky Geeks, Bliptv, PodfinderUK, Vuze, Break Podcast, Revision 3, CNN The Larry King Podcast, CNN Anderson Cooper 360, The CNN Daily, CNN In Case You Missed It , NBC Meet The Press, NBC Today, CBS Face the Nation, NBC Nightly News, Mevio

  • Audio : Live365 Radio, iPodcast, Radiobox, ABC News, BBC Podcast, CNN News , Indiefeed, Jamendo

  • Photo : Flickr, Picasaweb

  • RSS feed : Bloglines, Yahoo! Weather, Yahoo Traffic Alerts, Traffic Condition, Cinecast, Yahoo! News, MSNBC News

  • Peer-to-peer TV : SayaTV

  • Internet Radio : Shoutcast

MediaFiles Supported

  • Video containers:

  • MPEG1/2/4 Elementary (M1V, M2V, M4V)

  • MPEG1/2 PS (M2P, MPG)

  • MPEG2 Transport Stream (TS, TP, TRP, M2T, M2TS, MTS)

  • VOB


  • Matroska (MKV)

  • MOV (H.264), MP4, RMP4

  • Video codecs:


  • MPEG-1

  • MPEG-2

    • MP@HL

  • MPEG-4.2

    • ASP@L5, 720p, 1-point GMC

  • WMV9

    • MP@HL

  • H.264

    • BP@L3

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  • VC-1

    • MP@HL

    • AP@L3

  • Audio containers:

  • AAC, M4A

  • MPEG audio (MP1, MP2, MP3, MPA)

  • WAV

  • WMA

  • FLAC

  • OGG

  • Audio codecs:

  • Dolby Digital

  • DTS

  • WMA, WMA Pro

  • AAC

  • MP1, MP2, MP3

  • LPCM

  • FLAC

  • Vorbis

  • Audio pass through : DTS, Dolby Digital, DTS-HD MA, DTS-HD HR, Dolby True HD, Dolby Digital Plus

  • Photo formats : JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF

  • Other formats: ISO, IFO

  • Subtitle formats : SRT, SMI, SUB, SSA

  • DRM:

  • Cardea DRM (WMDRM-ND)


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