19 November 2008

Popcorn Hour is for HD content!



So, today had some spare time and upgraded Twonky Media server to ver 4.4.9 -- version supporting .MKV containers. 

Some days earlier I hooked up my new Popcorn Hour A-110. Now I'm confident and assured, that its next level vompared with D-link DSM-520

Few things to mention:
  • HDMI 1.3, audio support, one cable for all
  • .MKV and H.264 support
  • fast forward forks well with HD, also jump to 10%-20%-30%...
Cons
  • I don't like form factor, doesn't nicely fit in into my home theatre rack
  • plasma screen is flickering between menu -> play and other functions
  • No album art, playing MP3-s
Tested HD content
  1. The Bourne Ultimatum 2007 1080p (HD-DVD rip)
  2. Hancock 1080 (Blu-Ray rip)
  3. Top Gear Polar Special 2007 1080p (BBC-HD H.264)
More detailed report will follow, but as far I can only recommend Popcorn Hour A-110 and Twonky Media 4.4.9.

1 comment:

Paul said...

Hi Jack,

Thanks for the great info about HD players and streamers.

I work with EGreat USA (www.egreatusa.com) that just opened today and offers the EGreat line of Networked Media Players (NMT's). These units are similar to the Popcorn Hour (PCH) but with better hardware.

Have you looked at these already? I would love to hear your comments . . . and are you interested in reviewing one?

Thanks,
PDV
EGreat USA