The next generation of Popcorn Hour

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The new model of popular networked media tank Popcorn Hour was confirmed on its web site. The C100 will contains an upgraded Sigma SMP8643 667 Mhz processor, HDMI 1.3 out, two SATA slots and a drive bay for mounting additional HDD, optical or Blu-ray drive. It still can playback everything you want, supports HD video and audio and sports Gigabit Ethernet. Thanks to 192×64 LCD display you may easily get information about playing movie or online video.

The new Popcorn Hour C100 will be available soon at the price $299.00. Watch the demo video after jump.

[via Engadget]
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Popcorn Hour API is announced

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Syabas recently announced a Rich Objects Based Interactive Graphics (ROBIG) UI for the Popcorn Hour platform, software development kit, application store and hardware reference kit. That step will add more users, fans and enthusiasts for its popular networked media tank. I wrote about integration Popcorn Hour and Video Disk Recorder (VDR) which allows to watch and control satellite TV on the Popcorn Hour. The announced SDK will offer more efficient way to do such integration. Additionally the application store will give to both users and developers the easiest and safest way to extend networked media tank GUI and functionality.

SDK’s official release set on May 30. Developers can sign up for the program here.

[thanks to Zibi Jamal]

Movie Jukebox for Popcorn Hour

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Good news for all owners of Popcorn Hour. Now you have an ability to retrieve medata for movies in your media library automatically using Movie Jukebox. It is a command line tool, written in Java, which recursively scans your video library and extracts information like: year, language, subtitles, container, part, fps, audio and video codecs using MediaInfo opensource library. The rest data like rating, cover, plot etc is retrieved from the online databases: IMDB, TheMovieDB, TheTVDB, Allocine, FilmAffinity, FilmWeb. As result Movie Jukebox generates HTML reports that are compatible with the Popcorn Hour. Together with movie or TV show metadata those reports contain the link for playing the movie directly from the jukebox.

Video presentation of Movies Jukebox after jump.
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Watch stream from VDR on the Popcorn Hour

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Good news for all how like Popcorn Hour and want to watch TV on it. Using the latest version of VDR plugin streamdev-server the dream comes true :). The previous version was needed a patch to bring the stream in the format understandable for the networked media tank.

You can stream to Popcorn Hour not only standard definition signal but HD as well (you should have VDR with HD support). To switch channels and retrieve channel info and EPG can be used a simple web interface – vdr-ui. It doesn’t offer a full set of streamdev-client features but at least makes process of managing of the stream much easily. Hope it’ll be extended soon.

Make your Popcorn Hour wireless

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Network media tank Popcorn hour doesn’t stop make its fans happy. The last main update is possibility to use a 802.11n for network connection with USB adaptor WN-100. That means that you can get rid of annoying wires.

WN-100 supports all Popcorn hour models including A-100. It supports 64/128 bit strength WEP encryptions, as well as WPA/WPA2 and WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK encryptions and mechanisms and adopts CCA technology which automatically avoids channel conflicts using its channel selection feature.

WN-100 is available standalone for $37.00 and as part of bundle together with A-110 for $250.00 and it’s another good reason to try Popcorn hour.

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