When we were contacted by the PR agency for Popcorn Hour a week or two ago and we heard they wanted to send us their C-200 HD Media Player, I didn’t get overly excited. I’ve been testing a range of media players all year (many Realtek based units that while good, are far from impressive) and truthfully haven’t really had too much to get excited about. I didn’t bother checking the specifications of the C-200 until I started testing the unit to see what it could do and didn’t really have much experience with Popcorn’s products.
On paper I could see that the Popcorn Hour product was different. For starters, I could see that it wasn’t built around the same Realtek solution that many companies have been using. The Realtek solution is fine – there are loads of files and formats supported and video and audio playback is good, but these sorts of devices get boring after a while, since they can all only vary in difference by a small amount.