SweepstakesLovers.com Popcorn Hour C-300 Giveaway presented by Popcorn Hour

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Congratulations to Angela who won one (1) Popcorn Hour C-300 –  The Extreme Networked Media Jukebox courtesy of Popcorn Hour. Connect with Popcorn Hour on Facebook  and Twitter.

Eligibility : The SweepstakesLovers.com Popcorn Hour C-300 Giveaway presented by Popcorn Hour (the “Promotion”) is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Void outside the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. Also void where prohibited or restricted by law, rule or regulation. All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

Promotion Period : The SweepstakesLovers.com Popcorn Hour C-300 Giveaway presented by Popcorn Hour (the “Promotion”) begins at 12:01:00 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) on Sunday, February 26, 2012 and ends at 11:59:59 PM PT on Sunday, March 25, 2012 (“Promotion Period”).

How to Enter : 1) Leave a comment below telling us what feature you are looking forward to the most on the Popcorn Hour C-300.
2) Like Popcorn Hour on Facebook to receive an extra entry.
3) Follow Popcorn Hour on Twitter to receive an extra entry.

Limit : Each participant may enter only one (1) time per day during the Promotion Period.

Prize (s) :

One (1) Grand Prize : One (1) Popcorn Hour C-300 –  The Extreme Networked Media Jukebox*. Approximate Retail Value of the prize is $349.00.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Popcorn Hour C-300 is our best Networked Media Jukebox yet! Powered by the Sigma Designs 8647 CPU and with added multi-language support, the C-300 comes with our NMJ v2 software that automatically turns your video, music and photo libraries into works of art. The C-300 also comes equipped with a built in IR sensor for universal remotes, a 2.5″ color TFT display and a hybrid hard drive & optical drive combo rack.

* The Popcorn Hour C-300 –  The Extreme Networked Media Jukebox is the one used for the review so it’s not 100% new.

Popcorn Hour C-300 Review : Popcorn Hour is the consumer electronics brand of Syabas Technology, a pioneer in wired and wireless home entertainment, digital electronics and P2P mesh network broadcasting. They are the ones behind the Popcorn Hour Networked Media Jukeboxes and they sent me one (the Popcorn Hour C-300) one month ago to give it a test drive. If you are you still watching your movies with a VCR, I think you should read this review !

The Popcorn Hour C-300 is a Networked Media Jukebox. Powered by the Sigma Designs 8647 CPU and with added multi-language support, the C-300 comes with our NMJ v2 software
that automatically turns your video, music and photo libraries into works
of art. The C-300 also comes equipped with a built in IR sensor for universal
remotes,a 2.5″ color TFT display and a hybrid hard drive & optical drive combo rack.

Packaging

First, I want to talk about the packaging. These days, most of consumer electronics brands spend a lot of money to design their packaging. Curiously, it often result in a plain white box with a product image printed on it. It appears that Popcorn Hour thought differently and it pays. The box is a simple carton box with a simple drawing of the product. Nothing fancy and I like that. This suggests that they preferred to invest the money to create a great product instead of a fancy packaging. The package contains 1x Popcorn Hour C-300 Network Media Jukebox, 1x RF Remote Control, 1x Power Cord, 1x HDMI Cable, Quick Start Guide and Warranty Information. Yes, you read right, the HDMI cable is included ! On the down side, they only included a quick start guide that contains instructions on how to connect it to your TV and a basic remote guide.
There’s no user manual so you’ll have to figure out how to use it by yourself. If you are familiar with this kind of product, you’ll be fine but if your last media player was a VCR, you might spend some time figuring out how to use it.

Hardware

The C-300 is kind of big compared the other media players (Roku, Apple TV, etc…) but it’s also different from these because it has a lot more features like a hard drive & optical drive combo rack and more audio/video Outputs (HDMI, Component Video, Composite Video, Stereo Analog Audio, S/PDIF Optical, Digital Optical).  The C-300 also includes a 2.5-inch color TFT display at the front and has plenty of network options (Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless N USB dongle, MN-200). It’s also powered by the latest Sigma Designs SMP8647 800Mhz CPU with L2 Cache.

Remote

The PopCorn Hour C-300 comes with a RF Remote Control. It’s pretty similar to any moderm TV remote control. The remote is black with a shinny finish.

A Popcorn Hour Remote Control application is also available (free) for iOS and Android.

Software and Content

The C-300 has a a liquid smooth Adobe Flash based user interface that is user-friendly which mean it’s pretty simple to operate.
The Networked Media Jukebox (NMJ) automatically scans your media source and downloads useful information such as the cover-art, movie synopsis, cast and director. With the addition of multi-lingual support, you can enjoy your videos in your native language.

Support for a large range of media file formats such as AVI, WMV, Matroska (MKV),
MOV (H.264), XVID SD/HD, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 MP@HL, MPEG-4.2, MPEG audio (MP1, MP2, MP3, MPA), WAV, WMA, FLAC, OGG, JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF and more !

Also available is an Apps Market for your TV. Watch global news, listen to internet radio and stay in touch with friends on Twitter. With over 80 free and premium TV apps currently available, and even more on the way, there’s something for everyone!

Image quality

The image quality of the C-300 is high. Thanks to the HDMI 1080/24P support, you can enjoy better than Blu-ray quality video ! With support for Matroska’s MKV 3D codec and other Side-by-Side video, you can watch 3D movies or stream 3D video from the web. Just plug the C-300 into your 3D television and enjoy the show.

Bottom line

The Popcorn Hour C-300 is great ! It may not be for everyone (read “those who still use a VCR”) or those on a tight budget (it costs $349) but for those who are looking for an alternative to a media pc this might be a great solution !

Winner : We will pick 1 lucky person and announce the winner here on March 31, 2012

Sponsor : This giveaway is sponsored by Popcorn Hour. Connect with Popcorn Hour on Facebook  and Twitter.

*** Popcorn Hour provided me with a Popcorn Hour C-300 free of charge for my review. I have not received any monetary compensation in return for the review. All opinions are 100% my own. ***

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Comments (791 Messages)

Sheryl
Mar 23, 2012 18:56

love all the features

gurpreet
Mar 23, 2012 19:10

wow man

Art S.
Mar 23, 2012 20:37

Sooo very nice hardware.

Paul
Mar 24, 2012 0:04

Great range of applications.

Darrin Campbell
Mar 24, 2012 4:28

The multitude of audio/video Outputs

Fran E.
Mar 24, 2012 6:08

Built-in sensor

Robert Anderson
Mar 24, 2012 6:54

I like the larger size. It does not seem so fragile.

Richard Psomas
Mar 24, 2012 7:53

324

Daphne
Mar 24, 2012 10:30

Can handle HD audio, not just the core tracks

Joel
Mar 24, 2012 11:14

… to replace my standard def media player with popcorn hour’s hi def capabilities!

Greg Zimmerman
Mar 24, 2012 12:33

I really want to try out the app interface on this, and use my Android phone to control it. This seems like a real quality product.

Rhiannon Rowland
Mar 24, 2012 12:41

Would love to put all my photos and movies into the Popcorn Hour C300

Mike
Mar 24, 2012 13:20

POPOPIOPOPOPOPOPOPOPOPOPOPOOPOPOOPOPP

craig moss
Mar 24, 2012 15:18

I would love to win dis so I could give back to my dad who has always no matter what been there for me even when i fuck up

sean fox
Mar 24, 2012 15:30

Finally, what I have been waiting for. A kick ass take names media player. Thanks!

gurpreet
Mar 24, 2012 15:54

fantastic

jeanne conner
Mar 24, 2012 15:56

I like the Apps feature for the TV..

Ed
Mar 24, 2012 18:10

this would be a really good addition to all my other electronics.

Sheryl
Mar 24, 2012 18:29

So many AWESOME features to choose from!

Art S.
Mar 24, 2012 20:06

Great hardware. Really would be a great addition. Thanks for the nice giveaway.

Justin
Mar 24, 2012 21:31

lets see… 1080p, gigabit, apps, bd-iso, mkv, front screen… I would say that it AWESOME!

selihcIII
Mar 24, 2012 23:42

Awesome Prize,GLTA

Greg Zimmerman
Mar 25, 2012 0:17

I love the function over form philosophy used when developing this – even if it is bigger than devices like the Roku or Apple TV. I also love the you can use Android devices to control the Popcorn Hour.

barb haley
Mar 25, 2012 1:02

nice machine.. would love toown one

Darrin Campbell
Mar 25, 2012 4:55

Support for ISO format so I can retain the original audio/video quality of the source.

Gary Wasson
Mar 25, 2012 7:54

WOW!!!!! I CAN’T WAIT!!

Heather Poindexter
Mar 25, 2012 8:42

The C-300 comes with our NMJ v2 software that automatically turns your video, music and photo libraries into works of art.

Richard Psomas
Mar 25, 2012 8:52

325

Rhiannon Rowland
Mar 25, 2012 10:41

Love that you can control it with your phone!

Jodi Boulier
Mar 25, 2012 11:12

Last chance to say I want it! Thanks for the promotion!

Joel
Mar 25, 2012 12:14

… the NMJ v2 software!

Paul
Mar 25, 2012 12:14

ISO support! Won’t have to take the discs out of their cases again!

Daphne
Mar 25, 2012 12:20

Another Popcorn Hour means another room full of great entertainment

Fran E.
Mar 25, 2012 12:21

Last chance to begin your home movies………………

John Johnstone
Mar 25, 2012 13:06

This is an interesting site.

Sheryl
Mar 25, 2012 13:32

The milti-formats rock!!!

gurpreet
Mar 25, 2012 13:38

looking for it

Mike
Mar 25, 2012 14:50

I promise not to put any butter on it.

Art S.
Mar 25, 2012 17:11

Would luv to have this great hardware in my living room.

Brandi Perkins
Mar 25, 2012 17:58

Hours of entertainment!!!!!!

Robert Turner
Mar 25, 2012 23:04

Improved picture quality would be the main thing for us to own a popcorn C-300 since we only have a VCR and DVD pair of players to use with our TV. That would benefit two pairs of older eyes considerably.

Thank You, Bob T


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