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PopBox: A New and Cheaper Popcorn Hour

If you owned and liked the Popcorn Hour of Syabas, then the new, better and cheaper PopBox. Syabas dropped the price down to $129 from $300 two years ago.

This $129 Internet-based A/V streaming set-top box (STB) will be out by March 2010.


The PopBox will ahve Netflix on-demand video streaming although Netflix does not service the Philippines. It’s got a native 2GB internal storage for apps and no longer have internal HDD but instead plugs in via USB port.

The re-designed UI now includes an initial 20 apps for services like Twitter, Facebook, IMDB, Photobucket and Blip.tv. The media server functions of the Popcorn Hour has been omitted on the Popbox to make it much cheaper (which makes this device out of the Networked Media Tank “NMT” category).

Specs of the Popbox includes:
667MHz MIPS application processor
SD Card slot equipped with a 2GB card
HDMI v1.3a (up to 1080p)
Component video (up to 1080p)
10/100 Ethernet interface
2x USB 2.0 ports

At $129 (Php5,900), The Popbox will directly compete with Western Digital’s WDTV.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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10 Responses

  1. VeeBoi says:

    sigh… no Internal HDD. I hope the interface is good. But nevertheless it’s worth buying.

  2. TubongLugaw says:

    magkano kaya sa pinas yan? saan pede bumuli?

  3. Vance says:

    Saw this on CES 2010 coverage…

  4. Unfortunately, the Popbox will not be released here in the Philippines only in the US Market, just watch out for the upcoming Popcorn Hour A-200 with Rich UI. Coming soon..just visit http://www.popcornhour.com.ph for more info

  5. MoMoja says:

    e ang mahal naman ng popcorn hour e.. di man lang nagbaba ng presyo..

    sigurado magkakaron nyan dito sa pinas kaya matakot na kayo..

  6. speedster says:

    I think the CinemaTube is the best bang for buck in media player today as it only cost 6k. And way faster than my previous popcorn hour A-110 model

  7. lj says:

    wow! just saw the A-200! can’t wait for it! hope it arrives soon :)

  8. ojiliom says:

    Some really key things here.

    NO HD audio support via bitstream
    NO BDJ (bluray java)
    NO accurate PCM of audio it can pass (center channel is off half the time)
    the list goes on…

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