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Popcorn Hour A-110 / Networked Media Tank
Written by Brook Moore   
Friday, 30 January 2009 19:00

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.

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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...

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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.

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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...

Connectivity

  • Bonjour

    • Apples Service Discovery Protocol (installed with iTunes)

  • UPnP SSDP

    • 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

 

WebServices

  • 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

  • AVI, ASF, WMV

  • Matroska (MKV)

  • MOV (H.264), MP4, RMP4

  • Video codecs:

  • XVID SD/HD

  • MPEG-1

  • MPEG-2

    • MP@HL

  • MPEG-4.2

    • ASP@L5, 720p, 1-point GMC

  • WMV9

    • MP@HL

  • H.264

    • BP@L3

    • MP@L4.0

    • HP@L4.0

    • HP@L4.1

  • 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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