3.8
6 reviews
76

Popcorn Hour C-200


$300.00 Released June, 2009

Product Shot 1 The Pros:HDMI output. Includes RF remote. Wide format support.

The Cons:WiFi is not built in. Not as versatile as a full media PC. HDDs not included.

The Popcorn Hour C-200 is the most powerfull digital media streamer offered by Popcorn Hour. It features Gigabit Ethernet and optional miniPCI Wifi connectivity for fast file transfer with several USB ports for added connectivity to cameras or portable storage devices.

Where to Buy

loading.. Loading latest prices from ProductWiki...

Product Shot 2 There is even an optional Blu-ray disc drive to turn the device into a fully operational Blu-ray player. You can easily stream internet content such as YouTube, Blip.tv, Revision 3 and dozens of other sources and the built in download utility lets you download files from the internet without needing a PC. It is capable of play virtually any file format you can throw at it and it can act as a file server to help send files over your local area or over the internet. It uses RF remote control technology and features a built in LCD front panet for easy navigation through MP3 music without having to turn on your TV. Other notable features include myiHome Media Server streaming video utility and support for the most advanced high-def video and audio standards, including Blu-ray and Dolby. The Popcorn Hour C-200 has HDMI, component, s-video and composite video outpus and analog streo, S/PDIF optical and coaxial digital audio.

Specifications

  • Connectivity:
    • Bonjour
    • UPnP SSDP
    • UPnP AV
    • Windows Media Connect
    • Windows Media Player NSS
    • Samba
    • NFS
    • Media Servers: myiHome, myiHomeLite, myiHomeMS (UPnP), MSP Portal
    • Third-party media servers: WizD, SwissCenter, Llink, GB-PVR
    • BitTorrent P2P
    • Usenet downloader
    • NAS Access : SMB, NFS, FTP
    • Casgle iDVR RSS feed downloader
    • Web Services:
    • Video : YouTube, Vuze, Revision 3, Videocast, CNET TV, Mediafly, Veoh, Mevio, Bliptv, Break Podcast, CBS Evening News, CNN Anderson Cooper 360 Daily, CNN The Larry King Podcast, NBC Today Show, The CNN Daily, CNN In Case You Missed It, NBC Nightly News, NBC Meet The Press, CBS Face the Nation, Podfinder UK, Motorz
    • Audio : Jamendo, iPodcast, BBC Podcast, Indiefeed, CNN News, ABC News
    • Photos : Flickr, Picasaweb, Pikeo, 23, Photobucket, SmugMug
    • 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 : Radiobox, Live365 Radio
  • Supported Media File Formats:
    • Video containers:
      • 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
      • Matroska (MKV)
      • MOV (H.264), MP4, RMP4
      • Video Decoders:
      • XVID SD/HD
      • MPEG-1
      • MPEG-2 MP@HL
      • MPEG-4.2 ASP@L5, 720p, 1-point GMC
      • MPEG-4.10 (H.264) : BP@L3, MP@L4.0, HP@L4.0, HP@L4.1
      • WMV9 : MP@HL
      • SMPTE 421M (VC-1) : MP@HL, AP@L3
    • Audio Containers:
      • AAC, M4A
      • MPEG audio (MP1, MP2, MP3, MPA)
      • WAV
      • WMA
      • FLAC
      • OGG
    • Audio Decoders:
      • Dolby Digital
      • DTS
      • WMA, WMA Pro
      • MPEG-1 Layer 1, 2, 3
      • MPEG-4 AAC-LC
      • MPEG-4 HE-AAC
      • MPEG-4 BSAC
      • LPCM
      • FLAC
      • Vorbis
    • Audio Pass-Through:
      • DTS, DTS-HD HR, DTS-HD MA
      • Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD
      • Other Formats:
      • ISO, IFO navigation
      • AVCHD navigation
      • Blu-ray ready (requires addition of compatible BD-ROM and at least 2GB USB memory stick)
    • Photo Formats:
      • JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF
      • Subtitle Formats: SRT, MicroDVD SUB, SSA, SUB/IDX
  • DRM:
    • Cardea DRM (WMDRM-ND)
    • Janus DRM (WMDRM-PD)
  • Chipset: Sigma Designs SMP8643, 667MHz CPU with floating point coprocessor.
  • Memory:512MB DDR2 DRAM, 256MB NAND Flash
  • Audio/Video Outputs:
  • HDMI v1.3a with CEC, 36bpp deep color, 12-bit xvYCC processing and HDCP 1.2 content protection
    • Component Video
    • S-Video
    • Composite Video
    • Stereo Analog Audio
    • S/PDIF Optical and Coaxial Digital Audio
  • Other Interface:
    • 192x64 dots white text on blue background LCD display, with software adjustable brightness
    • 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)
  • Network:
    • Ethernet 10/100/1000
    • miniPCI MII interface for 11n WiFi card (optional)
  • Power:
    • 100~240V AC, 50~60 Hz, max 2.5A
    • typical: 13 W (no additional device installed/attached)
    • maximum: 70 W
  • Footprint: Width x Depth x Height : 425mm x 290mm x 80mm (16.73" x 11.42" x 3.15")
  • Weight: 3.7kg (8lbs 3oz)
  • Package Content:
    • 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

User Reviews (8)

  •  
Add Pros & Cons
76
ProScore
Pros
  • 4

    HDMI output

  • 4

    includes RF remote

  • 4

    wide format support

  • 4

    includes HDMI cable

  • 3

    optional Blu-ray disc drive

  • 3

    built-in utility for PC-less downloading

  • 3

    NAS support (samba, NFS, FTP) with dual SATA ports

  • 3

    capable of running advanced services - eg/ bit torrent client

  • 2

    optional WiFi N support

  • 2

    low footprint - smaller and more energy efficient than larger media PCs

  • 1

    internet video streaming from a variety of popular outlets

  • 1

    Great movie setup&info menu while playing movie

  • 1

    Powerfull FullHD media player (No lag and good colordepth)

  • 1

    App. Youtube videos, opdatet and works great.

  • 1

    Great RF Remote

  • 1

    plays all media and sound files till this date. And suports HD sound passtrough.

  • 1

    no fan no noise

  • 0

    affordable price

  • 0

    Value for money

Cons
  • 2

    WiFi is not built in

  • 2

    not as versatile as a full media PC

  • 2

    HDDs not included

  • 1

    no Flash support

  • 1

    Does not support selecting a secondary audio track in .m4v container

  • 1

    Commercial DVD or Blu-ray Disc playback are NOT applicable for Composite output

  • 1

    Optional IR Remote does not work when setup to IR remote (both working)

  • 0

    No longer includes YouTube Streaming

  • 0

    poor responsiveness when navigating through the UI with RF Remote

  • 0

    Dosent take NTFS formatted disks. But can reformate your disk to ext3. Then u need to download a free program so your windows pc can use ext3.

Comments (1)

What's on your mind? See more ProductWiki Talk
TedC
TedC: #popcorn_hour_c_200

This device would be great for the person who hasn't yet converted their media to a specific format. I, unfortunatly, had already converted my media to .m4v with two audio streams (AAC and AC3 Passthrough) - so this device is not for me (according to their website forum - http://networkedmediatank.com/showthread.php?tid=29926 ). You could convert to other media though - including vobs, mt2s, or mkv with DTS, AAC or AC3 and the device is supposed to be able to choose any of the audio streams.

One other item I noticed - the interface and/or the supplied rf remote is sometimes non-responsive. It got frustrating to hit a button on the remote and have nothing happen. I had upgraded the firmware to the latest available version through the interface and still had problems. I was within 10 feet of the devcie (it was inside a glass doored entertainment center - right under my Yamaha R-V863). I'm not sure if any of this was causing interference. No matter, I re-boxed the unit and asked for an RMA.

All in all - this expereince has not been the best for me. The unit arrived in 1 1/2 week after ordering. The unit + shipping was around $325 USD. Hopefully - they do not charge me the $44.85 USD for restocking (doesn't seem fair when the unit was only out of the box for 15 minutes and I re-boxed everything except for the invoices). It cost me +$40 USD to ship the unit back through UPS ground shipping - so I am potentially out almost $125 USD for this poor experience (and to top it all off - UPS insisted they charge me an additional $13 USD for "re-packeging" even though I used the exact same method Popcorn hour used with the same box that came all the way from China - UPS is a buncha crooks in my opinion - I took it out on the guy working the counter at the local UPS box store).

Update - The Popcorn hour RMA process has been completed.  They did indeed charge me the 15% restocking fee even though the item was only out of the box for 15 minutes, everything was returned as was received (small tear in paper bag + the batteries were not re-shrink wrapped).  I have complained - because the unit is still re-sellable but I do not expect any satisfaction from them.

Feb 2, 10
post a reply

You may also like...