If you're a streamer who shuns plastic disks and their ilk, but still wants 3D, there's good news: Syabas has announced the Popcorn Hour A-400 network media player. Thanks to a dual-core video processor, the box can mulch through 3D Blu-ray content (ripped, presumably), while also supporting studio-level features like detail enhancement and debanding. Like its A-300 predecessor, the streamer can dock a hard disk for content storage, and connects to your network via ethernet or optional WiFi. Other connections include an SD card reader, HDMI 1.4, eSATA and USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 (pending confirmation). On top of giving you access to your own content, the Syabas Apps Market brings YouTube, BBC's iPlayer, and 90 or so other free or premium channels. It'll hit stores in October with a €289 price tag, so if that sounds like your bag of popcorn, see the PR for more info.
Syabas Introduces the new Popcorn Hour A-400 network media player
Penang, Malaysia, September 03rd 2012 – Syabas Technology Inc., a leading global distributor of digital entertainment solutions, is excited to announce the latest addition to the Popcorn Hour product line – the Popcorn Hour A-400.
The Popcorn Hour A-400 is the first player to utilize Sigma Design's Dual Core 800Mhz SMP 8911 chipset and offers up a fast and easy to use experience in a premium case made by Silverstone.
Studio-quality VXP® video processing is included, offering fully adaptive deinterlacing, adaptive detail enhancement featuring sharpness and texture enhancement with overshoot control, adaptive debanding, and adaptive contrast enhancement.
With support for Blu-ray 3D-Video, Full-HD video, several audio and photo codec's and web content, users can experience their digital media how they want. The Syabas Apps Market, containing over 90 free and premium TV apps, gives users a broad selection of additional entertainment via the web.
The Popcorn Hour A-400 will include some exciting features to enhance the media playback experience. In addition to video metadata and posters, users can now download subtitles directly from the web without having to use a PC. Users can also select 1 of 22 different languages they prefer the information and subtitles to be downloaded in.
The NMJ navigator provides an even more comfortable remote control via a 2nd screen iPad® companion opportunity.
The Popcorn Hour A-400 can be upgraded with an internal 2.5 or 3.5-inch hard disk which can be mounted in a HDD quick dock, turning your Popcorn Hour into a network attached storage device. Users also have the option of using the built in 10/100/1000mbs Gigabit Ethernet port or they can purchase a Wireless N Wi-Fi dongle. SD card reader, HDMI1.4 connector and eSATA interface are also included.
"With Popcorn Hour A-400 we once again set a milestone in the media player landscape. This high performance, a broad spectrum of usability and the ease of use are the features our customers will love on this new device" said Manfred Karl VP Sales EMEA region.
The MSRP for the Popcorn Hour A-400 will be 289 euros in the European Union (including VAT). The Popcorn Hour A-400 will be available in stores October 2012.
The innovative products by Syabas enable consumers to enjoy a wide assortment of content including home videos, photos, music and online movies. With access to the Syabas Apps Market, users can also enjoy all the latest content on popular services such as YouTube, FaceBook, Twitter, Howcast, Weather Bug and more.
Syabas is headquartered in Penang, Malaysia with facilities in China, Hongkong, Europe and California. Founded in 2001 and started developing software for wired/wireless digital home entertainment set top boxes that are sold around the world. For more information, please visit www.syabas.com.