|Item Weight||15.8 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||6 x 8 x 1.4 inches|
|Item model number||Syabas popbox|
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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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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!
From the Manufacturer
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 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.
- MPEG1/2/4 Elementary (M1V, M2V, M4V)
- MPEG1/2 PS (M2P, MPG, DAT, VOB)
- MPEG2 Transport Stream (TS, TP, TRP, M2T, M2TS, MTS)
- Matroska (MKV)
- MOV (H.264)
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
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!
- MPEG audio (MP1, MP2, MP3, MPA)
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.
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 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.
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.
PopBox is standing by with Customer Support seven days a week if you have any trouble setting up or using your PopBox.
Top Customer Reviews
I have found it to be a good streamer if you just don't set up any cataloging. I just access my media through the network shares option and with that it is as good as WDTV Live.
The pretty interface is somewhat of a waste because when it does work it is just not designed for a large library. I have 450 titles and that is too many for it to handle.
It does not resume playback when you stop a movie and restart it.
Originally it didn't allow you to FF and Rew worth a damn...that has been updated.
I would hold off as you already have a functional player....wait to see what we get from Boxee and Google.
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.
I was excited enough about the PopBox to pre-order. After reading the early reviews I left it in the box until night before last. Hooked it up and got ERR022. Got the USB drive out and ran the recovery procedure. Twice. Exactly per the instructions from Syabas. No joy--it's a brick. Returned it.
Got a new one from Amazon and hooked it up last night. It updated fine. Loaded YouTube app fine. Freezes on about 1/3 of the YouTube videos I've tried. Got it to find my video share with almost no problems (but the add share interface could use some reworking soon--the browse option wasn't obvious to me and having to select from Samba/NFS/TCP NFS probably ain't gonna work for the average consumer).
After scanning, no thumbnails and it displayed the file name as the movie name. I attempted to edit one of these to the actual movie name. Hit enter and the box locked up. Had to pull power. Upon reboot it had the thumbnails and descriptions. Only have 12 movies ripped, but am concerned about the lack of genre / cast / etc. selection ability--this interface won't work for 600+ titles.
I'm going to have to side by side test with my DVD/BD player, but SD content looked a little soft and I'm playing ISOs. Not being able to resume the movie is tedious and it's really easy to push the wrong button and bail out of the movie. No glitches on playback that I could see and skips worked fine.
I've developed embedded firmware for over 30 years in startups and large companies, for medical, cellphone, telecom and semiconductor applications. This kind of stuff should be happening in the lab. If at all. It could be a lot of late-stage integration problems, in which case we should see substantial improvement in the next couple of firmware updates, or it could be a giant cobbled together hack, in which case we'll still be screwing with it this time next year. I'm waiting another week or so and then punting back to Amazon if the stability issues aren't substantially resolved, if I can't stop and resume a movie at the same location, or if the picture really is softer than what I get from my DVD player.
I need a system that family and guests can use to play our 600+ DVD/BD ISO files from the server. It needs to come up, have a consumer-grade graphical interface, allow browsing/searching, and I want it to scrape something for the thumbs/names/descriptions so I don't have to maintain nfo files. It needs to just work. I don't have the time or interest to tinker with something, and I'm really, really tired of being the human remote control for movies.
It's not looking good.
I still bought it. And, it's still half-baked.
Syabas lavished attention on the simple UI. That's about it--all effort appears to have gone into appearance, not function.
The consumer-centric box is supposed to automatically detect all media on the home network. It doesn't. Unless, that is, you've got a USB drive directly connected to the box (note that while the Popbox can "see" the network no other devices can "see" it; any USB attached to the device is dedicated to it--essentially wasted storage). It took three days and a call from "level 3" tech support to guide the box to media on my NAS, my Xtreamer, an XP Pro PC, and a Windows 7 PC.
Turns out, Popbox doesn't support UPNP. I had to disable this function on all network devices in order to "see" media files on them. Ludicrous.
When media was, finally, located the "aggregator" began to function. It swept up a large but random sample of media on the network and lobbed it into the UI. Roughly forty percent of the movies that did show were mis-tagged/labeled. To this day Tropic Thunder registers as Malcolm X. A third of the movies didn't show at all. I converted all my movies from .ifo/.vob format into .iso. More showed, not all. I then created NFO files per Popbox guide. No luck. At one point, all the movies in the folder took on the traits designated in the first NFO folder. I had 97 versions of the movie 300.
You can't edit video or photo files via the UI. You can't delete or move them. Once a file shows on the UI, it is stuck. The Popbox supposed to scan the network at set intervals and reflect changes in file system. It doesn't.
There is no option to view or sort by any tag--including genre.
The box gathered all the album art and dvd poster jpegs, lobbing them in with the family pictures. Again, no ability to edit or remove via the UI. Great to see my two year old appear next to a Slim Shady image.
I have ~3000 songs (20GB) of music. It took over three hours for the box to generate 13 "pages" of music. Moving from one page to another takes a full 5-10 seconds. It takes a full three minutes to find Mozart starting at Bach. Initially the box could only play one song at a time on an album. A firmware update permits continuous play. Except now, after finally arriving at an album, I'll select Mozart only to hear Outkast's Stankonia.
If I manually navigate to the actual folder/file I cannot play the entire album. I am again stuck playing one song at a time.
Tropic Thunder-Malcolm X. Mozart-Oukast. That about captures the product.
There is no off button. The unit remains on, permanently. It hangs and freezes often. I've learned to power cycle it before attempting to watch play anything. I've emptied and re-scanned the media library multiple times to get it to "see" what it misses. Each time it picks up new media and loses other media. It randomly plays the .mov format. After the 7/27 update it stopped playing the .iso/.vob format at all. When the function returned frame rate malfunctioned.
I correctly figured the update caused the trouble only to find out Popbox offers no option to roll back updates. You're stuck with what Syabas pushes out, automatically, from the home office. Every other electronic device I own permits the owner to manually adjust firmware.
And . . . no Netflix. You can check the weather via Weatherbug.
I printed out the Amazon return label after my final interaction with tech support. On 8/4 they promised to send a new remote. On 8/10 I called. They promised it was in the mail. On 8/17, they "discovered" a change in policy and offered to replace the remote only after receiving/inspecting the malfunctioning remote. I've sent three emails. One garnered a response.
The UI is slick. The concept is intelligent. Execution borders on inept.
Its got to be an embarassment for Syabas to have foisted this on Amazon. It's more embarrassing for me to have purchased such shoddy tech without . . . waiting, at least.
Look at the Amazon rating! Barely two stars--less for the wireless version. Skip the Popbox. Get the WD HD-TV Live for less money.
I'm exchanging it for an Xtreamer Sidewinder or Pro. Though it was a frustrating wait, Xtreamer took its time. The Xtreamer Movie Jukebox just nails it. Dolby 7.1 is supported. Xtreamer will soon feature a fully functional version of the Opera web browser (Netflix AND Hulu AND . . . you name it).