Just a few weeks ago I remember reading that Syabas, the makers of the very popular Popcorn Hour C-200, will make an exciting announcement at CES 2010.
Well it appears that the announcement has come early in the form of the Syabas Popbox media streamer!
The Popcorn Hour C-200 is currently the raining king of media streamers for AV enthusiasts, playing every audio and video codec that you can throw at it.
While the C-200 is aimed more at hardcore AV nuts, the Popbox Media Streamer is aimed at the general mass market. It also comes in at a much lower price point of $130, rather than $300.
As well as being much cheaper, it is also much smaller. While it lacks an internal hard disk, it has 3x USB 2.0 ports for connecting up external storage, and an SD slot for added storage.
The great news is that while it is smaller, it can still playback the vast array of media that the C-200 can, and can output full 1080p HD via HDMI while being totally silent and fan free! Silence makes for a great media streamer.
Along with the hardware changes the Syabas Popbox media tank / streamer can had a massive user interface make over, with additions like animated weather, and automatic IMDb and AllMusic lookup for TV, movie and music info! (Shows art work and information)
It also supports full Java, Flash, Qt and online channels such as Twitter, Facebook, and Netflix support.
- HDMI (1080p/720p/480p)
- Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr)
- Audio Outputs
- Stereo Analog Audio
- S/PDIF Optical
- Video File 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
Checkout the hands on video below.
We have a feeling that the Syabas Popbox will be very popular! Via Syabas