By: Albert S
The Popcorn Hour A-110 networked media tank is not your average media player. Following on the heels of the highly regarded A-100, the updated version adds several enhancements including SATA hard drive support, USB slave functionality, HDMI 1.3a, optical S/PDIF, and a built-in popcorn machine…well, maybe it doesn’t actually make popcorn but an overworked hard disk inside could, in theory, generate enough heat to pop some kernels?
Now that I wasted your time with technical specs, what does it actually do? Basically, it’s a media enclosure that allows you to play all sorts of video/audio/image files (XVID, H.264, AVI, MPEG, MP3, AAC, JPEG, BMP, ABC, 123, you get the idea). Add your own hard disk, network it to your PC, download Bittorrents directly sans PC, watch YouTube or other online videos, listen to internet radio, and more. Now hook it up to your TV using a host of outputs including HDMI, component, s-video, or composite. Then sit back, relax and there you have it, the Popcorn Hour.
Read more about it and pre-order here for $215