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Popcorn Hour A-300

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  • Sigma Desings 8647 800 MHz CPU with 256KB L2 Cache, 512MB DDR2 DRAM, 256MB NAND Flash
  • Super Speed USB 3.0
  • 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet
  • 3D MKV Unterstützung
  • harddisk not included !
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Technical Details
Item Weight998 g
Product Dimensions13.5 x 26.5 x 4.5 cm
Batteries:2 AAA batteries required. (included)
Item model numberA300
RAM Size512 MB
Computer Memory TypeDDR2 SDRAM
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
Number of Ethernet Ports1
Wattage36 watts
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Best Sellers Rank 111,631 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.2 Kg
Date First Available8 Nov. 2011

Product Description

Accelerate Your Entertainment Mesmerize your audience with a lightning fast media jukebox experience and seamless navigation using a liquid smooth Adobe Flash based user interface. The A-300 accelerates your digital life with the following enhancements: All new Sigma Designs 8647 800MHz CPU with L2 Cache, new and improved Networked Media Jukebox V2, USB 3.0 connection to your PC and Gigabit Ethernet for flawless streaming and fast file transfer speeds. Networked Media Jukebox v2 The Popcorn Hour A-300 comes pre-loaded with the industry's most user friendly jukebox interface. No additional or complicated software setup needed. The Networked Media Jukebox (NMJ) automatically scans your media source and downloads useful information such as the cover-art, movie synopsis, cast and director. With the addition of multi-lingual support, you can enjoy your videos in your native language. English, Svenska, Norsk, Dansk, Suomeksi, Nederlands, Italiano, Español, Français, Polski, Magyar, Ελληνικά, Türkçe, русский язык, עברית, 日本語, Português, 中文, če ŝtina, Slovenski, Hrvatski, 한국어, български , Tiếng Việt, ภาษาไทย Popcorn Hour Apps Market Watch global news, listen to internet radio and stay in touch with friends on Twitter. You can catch up on your favorite YouTube channel or play some casual games with the family. With over 80 free and premium TV apps currently available, and even more on the way, there's something for everyone! MKV3D Support Start enjoying 3D content on your Popcorn Hour A-300. With support for Matroska's MKV 3D codec and other Side-by-Side video, you can watch 3D movies or stream 3D video from the web. Just plug the A-300 into your 3D television and enjoy the show. *3D TV Required All new aluminum vented box Relax with the fan-less, silent operation

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marcus on 19 July 2012
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It was either this or the Dune HD1. I planned to upgrade from my very reliable and trusted WDTV live, largely because I wanted DTS HD MA and Dolby True HD pass-through and a better browsing experience.
Having read a number of very negative reviews I nervously ordered my A300. It promptly arrived and I got to work setting it up. Everything is fairly straight forward just follow the prompts...easy and, as recommended, update the firmware. The audio and video setup options are fairly extensive and would appear to support all makes and needs.

So, time for my first movie a MKV 24 Gb Blu ray rip with DTS HD MA streamed from my QNAP 412 NAS over a Gigabyte network with a TP Link switch and Cat 5e cables.
It was dreadful stuttering and stalling video without HD sound. So the predominate reason for buying this beast was turning out to be a major disaster. After an hour, I repacked it and printed off my Amazon returns label and left it by the door for collection.

But it bugged me why it wouldn't work, because it appears to offer so much of the functionality I was looking for, so I spent the afternoon on the web and found many users with similar problems and the root cause was the new firmware. So I unpacked it rolled back the firmware and all was fine. I also stopped using Twonky media and shared via Samba. I intend to try a NFS server later. Twonky appears to struggle with my HD files, haven't figured this out yet though. Will no doubt be user always.

So maybe try the original firmware first or check how its performing on the forum and set up using Samba shares.

I'm running at present with green unauthorised drives in my QNAP 412 from Seagate and WD and they have been fine.
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By Alien937 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 April 2013
I've been through quite a few devices like this one, trying to find the perfect media player. Unfortunately, such a thing doesn't exist - at least, not yet. The current generation of devices all have their own little quirks and deficiencies, some of them more severe than others. But the Popcorn Hour A-300 is the closest I've found to perfection for my purposes, which gives the player a great deal of credit.

Physically, the A-300 is just a brushed aluminium box. It's relatively big to allow for the fitting of a 3.5-inch hard drive inside it (a 2.5-inch drive could also be used). Fitting a drive isn't too difficult as long as you apply some common sense and don't slavishly follow the (inaccurate) instructions provided. There's no fan, so the device is very quiet. On the back are all the ports most users will need: HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, component video, analogue audio, digital audio (optical), USB 3.0 slave and 2 USB ports (1 back and 1 front). There's no built-in Wi-Fi, but a dongle is available separately if you need it.

Many media players have truly horrible-looking menu systems; not so the A-300, whose menu system is dark and glossy and as Apple TV-like as you're likely to find. Once you've turned on the NMJ (Networked Media Jukebox), movies appear as a wall comprised of the appropriate posters - so too TV shows. The system looks good, works well, and totally wipes the floor with other media players. If you don't want to use the NMJ you don't have to, and pressing the "Info" button on the remote allows you to download posters, fanart and subtitles. This is a much simpler way of doing things, but it means you won't be able to use the (excellent) free iOS app, NMJ Navigator.
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By Andrew King on 24 Jan. 2013
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I purchased the PCH a couple of weeks ago,as an upgrade from Lacie La Cinema, and while I was nervous at first, especially having read some of the negative comments I can honestly say I'm very impressed.
It does take a while to set up so allow a good couple of hours to get started. You will need a hard disc but this doesn't have to internal. My PCH works fine with an external drive, a 2 TB seagate model. I have ordered a 2TB internal drive but I'm considering returning this as its not needed. You will also need a usb memory stick,to hold some of the applications that allow the device to communicate with you're home network. You will need a copy of the user manual, mine didn't come with one but these can be downloaded easily from
The device comes into its own when you run the Network Media Jukebox (NMJ)software that comes supplied. First copy all of your movie files, music, photos to your hard drive, attach it to the PCH and allow the Jukebox to read the files and build its database, best to leave it overnight for this. The device will also need to be connected to the internet. Once scanned you're presented with a user friendly view of your files, movie covers, fan art and synopsis have been downloaded. The Jukebox looks at the filename and links to the imbd. If it cannot find the movie you can update the database manually. The best way I've found is to via the video ID, this is the unique number that imdb uses. To find this number go to on your browser of choice, search for the movie/tv series and you'll see in the address bar of the browser the unique number. Make of note of this number and navigate on the PCH to manually edit the entry, select the option to search via unique code and type in the number.
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