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Patriot Box Office 1080p High-Definition Media Player PCMPBO25 (Black)

by Patriot
3.8 out of 5 stars 163 customer reviews
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  • All anodized aluminum
  • Full 1080p Media Play back
  • Support 2.5-Inch HD
  • Support H. 264
  • Support HDMI
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Technical Details

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Product Description

Patriot Box Office High Definition Media Player is an All-In-One Media Player which supports 1080p playback from various files sources such as VOB, H. 264, ISO, WAV, etc.

Product Information

Technical Details

Brand Name Patriot
Item Weight 1.2 pounds
Product Dimensions 5.6 x 1.5 x 5.7 inches
Item model number PCMPBO25
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Color Name Black
Special Features DC in Jack

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Customer Reviews
3.8 out of 5 stars 163 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #92,104 in Home Theater (See top 100)
#1,296 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Networking Products > Streaming Media Players
#1,384 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 Players & Accessories > MP3 Players
#17,598 in Electronics > Televisions & Video
Shipping Weight 2.3 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First Available April 2, 2004

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Verified Purchase
The unit arrived today, and I tested it for several hours so far. It's hooked up to a secondary bedroom 32" Sony LCD via HDMI (cable included). Other included items are : remote w/batteries, wall wart adapter, cheap composite cables. The wireless LAN USB dongle came included as part of the promo in a separate package, inserted either in the front or back full sized USB port.

I have yet to RTFM which is found on a CD, so any missteps or errors on my part may have been avoided had I done so. It offers a ton of features with the price point just right.

Right then, my main use of this MP is to stream video from a networked media center separate from my home theater. I did test direct playback from a portable HD, in this case a WD Passport powered directly via USB. Playback proved flawless of any content I had. Mostly this consisted of mkv container files of 720 & 1080p content. Audio codecs included AC3 and DTS with no discernible difficulty. I was unable to play some archived .iso files, but playback of these were never confirmed on other machines.

The image quality almost rivals my dedicated HTPC (albeit its hooked to a much better TV). The Patriot defaults to an "Auto" noise reduction (NR)function which I left on. Fast panned and action shots displayed smoothly. On the setup screen you can specify TV resolution up to 1080p with or without 24HZ playback. As is the case with stand alone MPs, it does not recognize an attached CDROM.

Audio remained synced with video from mkv containers as well as other files. Pause/play response was quick.

After testing direct playback from USB drive I set up the wireless.
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I now own the Asus O!Play and the Patriot Box Office. They use the exact same Relatek chipset so there is virtually no difference in the picture quality.

The main reason I bought the Patriot was because it had the wireless feature which the O!Play does not and you can also add an internal hard drive.

I have tried to stream media wirelessly to the Box Office, but it is simply unwatchable due to all the flickering and pausing. It uses wireless g which is simply not adequate to stream movies. You can forget about streaming HD movies wirelessly because it is unable to adequately stream even regular resolution movies.

However, when wired up to a LAN cable it works great and is basically the same as the O!Play with the benefit of being able to add an internal drive. It is also the same price as the O!Play at $99 (after rebate) so it is definately worth ocnsideration. Just don't buy it if you want to stream wirelessly.Patriot Box Office 1080P High Definition Media Player PCMPBO25 (Black)
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I have tried WD Live TV, Asus O! Play, and Patriot Memory Box Office. I would say, Box office is the best one.

1)easy to set up;
2) supports 1080p 60f/s and 1080p 24f/s;
3) has seamless playing function ;
4) has preview capability;
5) network share folder ( it can easily find share folders on Windows XP computers; for Windows 7 computers, please install the software "Transcode Server" then add your folders, you should be able to find them in Box Office . You can save your network login. Then next time, you just need go to the short cut folder, click on the link, the media player will automatically log on. )
6) support almost all the popular media formats ( I have tried avi, mkv, ts, m2ts, divx, rmvb, wmv, mpg, mp4; flac, mp3, ape, wv, ogg, mpc. It has problems with flvs)
7) HDMI cable included
8) support DVD format ( ISOs and DVD folders)
9) it can resume from the place that you stopped

Cons (actually not cons, should be future improvements):

1) interface is too simple, not attractive as WD Live TV;
2) subtitle setting (Cannot change default setting, it will automatically display a subtitle, no matter you like it or not);
3) doesn't support Internet contents ( I hope the future firmwares can support Youtube, or just internet browsing function;
4) picture quality could be better. Compared with WD TV live, the Box Office's picture seems a little washed out.
5) it doesn't support Windows wtv or dvr-ms files
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I was excited to try out this low-priced media tank because it uses the same Realtek chipset and OS that powers the very capable and inexpensive ASUS O!Play, but now with the added capability of internal storage. This is a huge selling point because it means now you can copy gigs of files and bring just the player over to a friend or relative's house for movie night without having to lug along an external hard drive as well. The PBO offers yet another nice touch -- an all-aluminum housing. Neither of the major contenders in the home media player market offer these features: The Western Digital WD TV Live and both Asus models are plastic and lack internal HDD bays. There's a number of other manufacturers like Popcorn Hour, Brite-View, and A.c. Ryan, but I won't be discussing them.

I own the WD TV Live and both variants of the O!Play. I rated all 3 devices very highly because of their versatility and ease of use. As stated above, the PBO is powered by the same guts that drive the O!Plays, which has proven itself as a solid technology platform. The PBO has all the same playback versatility as the O!Play, but also all the same annoyances. You can read more about the playback capabilities on the O!Play review page (Realtek chip'll play anything you throw at it), so I'll discuss some of the major differences instead.

My reaction to the device is mixed.
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