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Good: Plays virtually everything!
Bad: When it doesn't it crashes, needing a downpower which will eventually kill the box.
Comment: Mine was running fine for just over a year, when the warranty expired it went wrong after I had to down power it from a frozen movie - no picture on screen and the ethernet light didn't come on.
I sent it back for repair a short while later (costing $50 which is partially expected as it was out of warranty), it came back all working again.... for a few months!
It has gone wrong again after a downpower with a near similar issue and as the warranty repair is only valid for 7 days they wanted me to pay another $50 to have it fixed. I decided to cut my losses and bin it father than have to spend $50 every few months to have the thing fixed as well as having the hassle of posting it back to California and waiting 2 weeks. M6500A DVICO here I come!!
Good: Plays everything that I want
Bad: Audio playback isn't that brilliant, FF/RW could be quicker
Comment: Had this product for a LOOOONG time now, was in the first 200 units.
They are constantly updating features (I am in beta group), it plays every video I can find, HD looks incredible.
Support community is great.
Main issue is with speed of moving around video, they have some good tricks (time seek, 1 = 10%, 2 = 20% etc), but i-frames support will make it much quicker. Next 2 months I am promised :)
Really I wouldn't hesitate to recommend though. Bought mine direct, about £100.
Last one to sell on ebay sold for;
£170.00 +£12.50 20-Aug 12:19
Not many electrical products you could sell a year on and make 50%+ profit on.
Good: Video/audio playback via HDMI, mfg support, community support, third party apps.
Bad: Currently not a very good audio playback device, sounds great, functionality as a audio player is lacking ... currently.
Comment: Signed up to correct some misinformation in the CNET review, primarily.
- FLAC has been supported since the January 31, 2008 firmware update.
- Don't use OGG so I can't comment as to whether its currently implemented but if its not it was confirmed as on the way by Syabas (firmware authors I believe) as far back as April 16, 2008.
- The latest firmware patch of June 18, 2008 added wireless via USB dongle in the form of 'Atheros USB 11n driver'.
As far as my 'review', video playback has been amazing, both from installed harddrive or http streaming. Even SMB network (slower speeds) was able to stream HD content from my PC with only the fast forward functionality lagging. That disappears with HTTP streaming.
Straight out of the box the popcorn hour will please most everyone. With a little technical know how and time you can turn it into a Dream. Setting up http streaming takes a little research and technical know how. Also implementing third party apps like 'moviejukebox', my personal favorite third party app, takes a little computer proficiency but once implemented makes the whole popcorn hour experience tops.
WARNING: In its current state the popcorn hour is a poor audio playback device period. By this I mean playback of mp3/FLAC/etc is unintuitive and down right irritating. No support for M3U files at this time which in my mind is inexcusable for a music device. Good thing you're buying this as a video device not a audio streamer. ;)
That being said, the NMT firmware is a work in progress and I suspect that sometime in the future audio playback functionality will be revisited and improved upon. For the time being though, the quality of the audio you do playback is as good as any device I've used.
www.networkmediatank.com is the community site. Check http://www.networkedmediatank.com/viewtopic.php?t=4287&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=452 for an idea of what the current third party apps will do for you.
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