Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Popcornhour New Version C200 Announced

The guys over at networkmediatank's forums have been waiting anxiously for more details on the newest version of the PopcornHour and Sybas finally delivered the specs and a few pics (see below) to feed the frenzy.

Popcornhour C200 Front

Popcornhour C200 Rear

Some things I noticed when browsing the specs and the forum Q&A include:

  • It's pretty big - much bigger than those older PopcornHour A110's.
  • A nice move up to the much faster (more powerful) SMP8643 Sigma Chip (the A110 uses the SMP8635)
  • It looks like it will support standard DVD and Blu-Ray, but not HD-DVD - there's a removable drive tray that seems to support a hard drive, DVD drive or Blu-Ray Drive!
  • Gigabyte Ethernet support finally.  Too many media players don't yet support this.
  • It comes with an RF remote control - something not all that common even these days.  I'll be interested in seeing what that remote looks like.  I would guess it will be something much less than a Harmony remote and closer in function/style to the Snapstream Firefly remotes.
  • The C-200 (16.73" x 11.42" x 3.14") appears to be close to 2x the size of the A110 (10.5" x 5.25" x 1.25")
  • The C-200 will be running with the latest Sigma Chip SMP8643 vs. vs the Sigma Chip SMP8635 on the current A110.

I didn't see anything showing price, but I'm betting it will start in the $300 price range at least.  Those GB-PVR guys have to be excited about this media player as they can use this thing as a GB-PVR extender.


Here's the details announced this morning by Sybas:

  • The new PopcornHour will be called the C-200.
  • The C200 uses the Sigma Designs SMP8643 chipset - 667MHz CPU with floating point coprocessor
  • Dimensions: 16.73" x 11.42" x 3.14" and 8.3 lbs
  • Memory: 512MB DDR2 DRAM, 256MB NAND Flash
  • A/V 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
  • 2x USB 2.0 host on front and 2x USB host on back
  • 1x USB 2.0 internal
  • 2x SATA (one occupied by HDD tray
  • 3.5" HDD Tray
  • Internal mounting for 2.5" HDD
  • LCD display for quickly searching, streaming and/or downloading content - useful for listening to music without the TV on!!!
  • 2.4GHz RF Remote Control
  • IR Remote Control port
  • Network: Ethernet 10/100/1000 and miniPCI MII inteface for optional 11n WiFi card
  • Connectity options: 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: GB-PVR, BitTorrent P2P, Usenet downloader, WizD, SwissCenter, Llink,
  • NAS access: SMB, NFS, FTP
  • Video Containers supported: 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 supported: 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 supported: AC, M4A, MPEG audio (MP1, MP2, MP3, MPA), WAV, WMA, FLAC, OGG
  • Audio Decoders supported: 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, Rich Object Based Interactive Graphics, AVCHD navigation, Blu-ray ready (requires addition of compatible BD-ROM and at least 1GB USB stick or internal HDD)
  • Photo Formats supported: JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF
  • Subtitle formats supported: SRT, MicroDVD SUB, SSA, SUB/IDX

UPDATE 06/17/2009:  A Representative of Syabas contacted me today confirming that the Popcornhour C200 is expected to be available in July for $299

via Networked Media Tank Forums & Digital Home Blog