Coretron’s Tech Blog

September 14, 2008

The Best Media Streamer/Server

Filed under: Media, Technology — Tags: , , , , , — coretron @ 7:09 am

The “Popcorn Hour A-110” is by far the best way to watch videos, music, and pictures on your TV. This review and the full specs tell pretty much everything about it. I haven’t tried it yet, but from what I’ve read I can say it’s the best. I’ll try to sum it up as summarily as possible. Reviews all say it streams 1080p with ease. It also supports nearly every popular codex. It is running linux. Pictures can be streamed from Flickr or Picasa. If you want you can add a 3.5″ hard drive for internal storage. The storage can be accessed through ftp, smb (windows file sharing), or USB as an external drive. It also acts as a network drive where anyone on the network can add remove and access the files. It has a BitTottent client which is managed through a http server, this could save some real money from not having to leave computers on to download torrents. In addition this could be a public torrent client for a local network and users could quickly turn down all uploads if they need more bandwidth. Through custom scripts it can support RSS feeds for tv show torrents. It also has a nice remote. It can stream YouTube, Hulu, and other online streaming services. It can have RSS feeds to give you customized news headlines. 

The only negative I saw in all the reviews was that it didn’t support OGG videos, not a huge deal. The A-110 is available now but you’ll have to get in line on their site for at least a month from the talk at the forums. Pictured is the A-100. Did I mention it’s only $215? If you already have something to stream to your living room this might not be required in your life, but if you don’t then this is a no brainer. Seriously, everyone who has a TV and a computer wants this, they just might not know it yet.

But wait there’s more! If you desire more you can buy the B-110 micro-atx motherboard for $199 and still use the Popcorn firmware and software as well as the remote. Of course after case, power supply, and memory you are going to be looking at about $350. Still a damn good deal for a powerful, energy efficient, media server/streamer, NAS, and all around server. Also, I don’t see why you couldn’t add a blu-ray drive or even a tastey raid 5 hard drive array. But now we are talking serious money, so maybe just stick to the A-110 till we are through the recession.

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2 Comments »

  1. I want one! had a dream i bought one. 😦 one day……

    Comment by Cesar — October 13, 2008 @ 7:23 pm

  2. bought one – now i need to run the cat5 / had a mythTV setup at the old house, looking forward to comparing the two

    Comment by alan — November 13, 2008 @ 8:26 pm


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