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PopBox Media Player

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  • Stunning HD Video: Displays the best HD quality on your HDTV via HDMI / Component Video outputs and extensive codec support.
  • Simple and affordable to play all the movies, home videos, photos, and music stored on your home PC on your HDTV
  • Simple and Easy to Setup and Operate
  • Enjoy the Best of Internet Movies, Videos, Sports, and More
  • An Unbeatable Price: No one else offers this many features for one low price with no monthly fees!
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Technical Details
Brand Namepopbox
Item Weight15.8 ounces
Product Dimensions6 x 8 x 1.4 inches
Item model numberSyabas popbox
Color NameBlack
  
Additional Information
ASINB003BYRQNQ
Shipping Weight2.5 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableApril 15, 2010
  
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Product Description

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Popbox with Remote



With PopBox connected to your HDTV everything can go big screen!

You finally have an incredibly simple way to play ALL of your own stored movies, home videos, pictures and music on your HDTV home theater, PLUS with PopBox Internet TV Apps you can now easily access the Internet’s most popular TV shows, videos, movies, sports, music and games on any HDTV in the house.


Your Home Media Library—Now Playing on Your Big Screen HDTV

If you’ve got movies, home videos, pictures and music files saved on your home network hard drives, PopBox finds them and plays them back on your HDTV home theater system.
Watch movies, TV shows, and home videos.
Click above to enlarge Movies view.

Watch Crystal Clear Movies, TV Shows, and Home Videos in High Definition
PopBox lets you watch your stored movies and TV shows (all of your Blu-rays and DVDs) in amazing clarity on your HDTV. To make it easy to browse through your movie and TV library, PopBox automatically accesses IMDb online to display a thumbnail of the movie or TV show instead of just a file name! And DVD menus and Blu-ray basic menus work just fine with the PopBox remote too.

POPBOX SUPPORTS THESE VIDEO FORMATS:
  • 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
  • FLV
  • F4V
  • AAC

PopBox also automatically finds and categorizes Home Video files that you’ve taken with your high def or standard def video camera. Using an easy to navigate menu, you can now play videos for family and friends on your HDTV that you’ve stored on your computer, or even directly from your Flip or other digital camera by plugging into the USB port on the front of the PopBox.

PopBox automatically plays all the most popular file formats—so you don’t have to worry about anything except picking what movie, TV show, or home video clip you want to watch!

Enjoy Superb Audio Quality and Music
Click above to enlarge Music view.

Enjoy Superb Audio Quality and Music
For amazing audio quality playback of your movies and music to either your HDTV or to your stereo receiver, PopBox supports Dolby Digital and DTS Master Audio through HDMI and SPDIF (optical audio). PopBox automatically finds and organizes your music so you can play it back on your home theater system and enjoy it throughout the house!

POPBOX SUPPORTS THESE AUDIO FORMATS:
  • M4A
  • MPEG audio (MP1, MP2, MP3, MPA)
  • WAV
  • WMA
  • FLAC
  • OGG
Photos on Your Flat Screen
Click above to enlarge Photos view.

Photos on Your Flat Screen
With PopBox it’s simple to present a slideshow on your HDTV—PopBox automatically finds and organizes your digital photo collection (jpg, gif, png, and bmp files) and beautifully resizes your pictures for display on your HDTV!


The Best Internet Apps—Now Playing on Your Big Screen HDTV

PopBox Apps bring to your HDTV an ever expanding lineup of the Internet’s most popular entertainment, sports, games, and social media content—including YouTube and Twitter.
Bring Apps to Your HDTV
Click above to enlarge Apps view.

PopBox Apps are like Apps for your cellphone—but they are designed to let you view more content, play more games and music, and access your favorite social networks directly on your HDTV. PopBox is adding more Apps everyday—see our website for the latest!


Easy to Setup and Operate

Just hook the PopBox up to your HDTV and Internet connection and it does the rest.
PopBox HDTV Connectors
Click above to view PopBox HDTV connectors.

PopBox to your HDTV or Home Theater Receiver
You can use an HDMI cable (included) or Component Video cables to connect your PopBox to your HDTV. PopBox does not work with Standard Definition TVs. You can also use an Optical Audio cable to connect the PopBox to your Home Theater System.

PopBox to the Internet
You can connect the PopBox to your router and the Internet in one of two ways. By purchasing the PopBox Media Player and utilizing an Ethernet cable, or, if you prefer to have one less wired connection in your house, the PopBox Wireless Media Player comes with the PopBox Wireless Network USB adapter that automatically connects to your Wireless Home Network. If you purchase the PopBox Media Player and later decide you wish to go wireless, you can purchase the PopBox Wireless Network USB adapter separately.

PopBox is a Pleasure to Use
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Operating the PopBox
PopBox automatically connects to your Home Network and finds, categorizes, and organizes all of your movies, videos, music, and photos—PopBox Apps do the same for Internet content. The onscreen menus and remote control are a pleasure to use and make operating the PopBox a snap.

Support
PopBox is standing by with Customer Support seven days a week if you have any trouble setting up or using your PopBox.

Product Description

The PopBox makes it simple and affordable to play all the movies, home videos, photos, and music stored on your home PC/network as well as streamed from the Internet on your HDTV! With PopBox you can finally give your HDTV what its been hungering for - all the best sports, entertainment, movies, videos, and music the Internet has to offer, PLUS an incredibly simple way to play all of your own stored movies, home videos, pictures and music on your HDTV sets and home theater system. Why watch things that were meant for the big screen on a computer monitor when you and your family can enjoy it all in any room of your house on your HDTV? With PopBox connected to your HDTV suddenly everything can go big screen! And we've made sure to make setup automated and simple - just hook the PopBox up to your Internet connection and it does the rest!

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Customer Reviews

Popbox support says that this will be improved in firmware coming out today.
J. Page
I could not recommend this product to anyone and am extremely disappointed that I waited this long for it.
Brad Huffman-Parent
After scanning, no thumbnails and it displayed the file name as the movie name.
Dallas Dave

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

67 of 72 people found the following review helpful By J. Page on July 20, 2010
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I ordered the Popbox during a brief availability window on April 7th shortly after learning that the box would be delayed to get the software right. Syabas, the makers of the Popbox said they needed more time to get the software solid before shipping the product and that it would ship on July 23rd. Imagine my surprise when I got a shipping notice on July 15th that it had gone out from Amazon.

According to the Popbox folks, the first batch of units made their way through customs 'faster than expected' and although they did not say so, this seemed to be used as a hedge against any negative reviews that these initial units received. Now if you really believe that the Popbox would have been 'ready' by July 23rd, well, I've got some swamp land to sell you.

From a purely hardware perspective the Popbox is a very nice little unit. It is compact and pleasing to look at and will integrate well in an AV stack. The remote control is serviceable and backlit which is a plus. The unit even ships with an HDMI cable.

When I initially turned the box on I was pretty pleasantly surprised with the quality of the graphics and user interface as it ran out and updated firmware and then rebooted a couple of times. It is absolutely critical to have the SD card that ships in the box inserted into the Popbox when turning it on. It stores database information here and will not work properly if it is missing.

Unfortunately my positive experience with the Popbox ended with the initial peek at the snazzy UI. Just about everything you do with Popbox reeks of half baked badness and piss poor planning. I have a large collection of BD discs that are ripped to .mkv format sitting out on a network share on a Windows Home Server.
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Lance Chapman on July 18, 2010
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Almost every con is being worked on by Syabas they have taken notice to the problems and all major fixes can be done with software. The Hardware is amazing for the price and I do agree with everyone you should wait until the cons are fixed before you buy.

Pros

1.$129 on launch
2.UI is faster then I expected
3.First mediabox to have IMDB scalping native
4.Search option
5.Can browse file structure to play movies as well as the cover art
6.Backlit remote control
7.Plays all files I have tried

Cons and Known Issues, as of 18 July 2010, 300 MST
- Audio: missing channels, particularly the center channel, during video playback
- Audio: PCM vs. standard DTS/DD 5.1 output
- Audio: No bitstreaming support for TrueHD and DTS-HD MA
- Audio: After switching from Music to Movies, then starting a movie, the previous music selection starts playing again along with the movie audio.
- Video: Black/blank screens after hitting play
- Video: Audio starting without video
- UI: No customization of UI only 8 movies listed per page
- UI: After exiting a movie, the focus frame is not present and always returns to first movie in library
- UI: Inability to sort movies by genre/category, or jump to specific places in large libraries
- UI: TV show scraping and listing is poorly executed (Almost completely unusable?).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dallas Dave on August 6, 2010
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Update 21 Aug 2010:
Just returned second unit. Have spent 15+ hours trying to get it to reliably play a movie from my server. I can eventually get it to recognize a network share, but only after defining the share, then going to the media page, then back to the share config page. Share config page will not see the share until the media page is viewed once. Movies then get indexed and will play. Until a few hours later, at which point the PB loses connectivity with the server. I've tried everything to make it happy with the shares, including using a fixed IP address for the server and creating a user account for it. It'll work after I do a factory reset, reconfigure the shares, do the ritual touch of the media screen and cast the chicken bones. For a while. My Sonos works on the same network, getting music from the same server, and it works. Every time. Even when the network is reconfigured. It took me all of 10 minutes to configure. A year ago. Never a problem since.

The PopBox is unusable in it's current state. I'm not sure how they convinced themselves that this thing was ready for limited beta test or even an alpha, much less a full-on production release. Most functions that I'd consider must-have and must-be-solids either don't work reliably or aren't there at all. The bottom line is that this thing's supposed to play a movie from my home server over my home network, after a configuration procedure that can be performed by an average consumer. It doesn't perform it's primary, basic, essential intended function.

I'm not sure what's going on, but looks like a shell of a product got released in the hope that the resulting cash flow would fund the actual product development. Not with my cash. Syabas is dead to me.
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