Best Network Media Player 2012 Budget £250

Discussion in 'Video Streaming Boxes & Services' started by Umster, Jan 9, 2012.

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  1. Popcorn hour A300

    47 vote(s)
    40.5%
  2. AcRyan PlayOnHD2

    10 vote(s)
    8.6%
  3. Xtreamer Prodigy

    18 vote(s)
    15.5%
  4. Dune HD Pro

    41 vote(s)
    35.3%
  1. Umster

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    Hi Guy's and girls,

    So, Im in the market for a new Network Media Player to replace my sumvision mkV 2 player.!!:D

    I've just spent the last 3 hours reading about the new Popcorn hour a300 which, in my option seem like an awesome player. A lot of very good reviews on it as well as happy customers.

    Now that we are in 2012, im sure that technology advancements will stream ahead once again.

    I would like your opinions on the following devices and which one would you recommend an why? if I have missed any out please add then in.

    1. Popcorn hour A300
    2. Ac Ryan PlayOnHD2
    3. Boxee Box
    4. Dune Hd Pro
    5. Xtreamer Prodigy

    Thank you in advance for your time and help on this thread.:thumbsup:
     
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    The Dune HD Pro will be more around the £2000 mark when it comes out. For around £250 you'd be looking at the Smarts or the Duo
     
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    Xtreamer Prodigy... now that there is a firmware update its solid as a rock :)

    As for Y, it works with my Android (not an apple fan), its nice looking (little bigger than I expected tho) and it wil play 3D.. once I have a TV and content to play :) ps its also under ur budget at £153 from xtreamer.ie till end of Jan... gutted i paid full price
     
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    The xtreamer company have a very bad reputation for customer service and draconian forums so I would give them a wide berth, you will find lots of complaints online and they are not recommended in most av/media player forums.

    As for others depends upon what you want
    * Dune very well respected and solid player for BD/DVD but little in the way of online content.
    * Popcornhours, good all round player with some online content, trying to bridge the gap between Dune and Boxee.
    * Boxee, very easy to use & lots of features not found on any other players, good for exotic formats that don't work on other players, Airplay support, web browser with Flash/HTML5, fully integrated jukebox, iOS companion apps and too many more to list. Well supported with new features added like LiveTV but still has issues with HD audio that according to Boxee will be fixed.
    * AC Ryan POHD2 is just another Realtek player but with AC Ryans own UI, decent enough for file playback but nothing special about it.
     
  5. xtreamer

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    Very true xtreamer.net who seam to be the parent company are hard to deal with, i was actually just checking and i used to be a friend of their facebook page but it appears to be now gone??? probably cause all the last comments were angry or annoyed ones at how they do business etc.. but the resellers have provided great customer service for me, cant complain. def wont be buying from their "New European Shop" if and when it comes online.
     
  6. Umster

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    Hi sorry it should have been the Dune Hd Max not the pro. well spotted. :)
     
  7. Umster

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    can you recommend the reseller please?

    Thx
     
  8. next010

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    I really wouldn't bother buying anything with the xtreamer named stamped on it, they are just another Realtek player of which there are so many more. Plus the level of shadiness that surrounds xtreamer and various companies claiming to be it's backers should be a warning sign to anyone.

    If your after a modified Realtek player try Tvix or Mede8er.
     
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    But even the Max is over your budget as it sells for around £370. For 'upto £250' you can get any of the Smart players with only the B1 at £240 having a BluRay drive. There is of course cheaper Dune players such as the TV101 at £100 or the soon to be released TV301 at £140.
    Dune HD Media Players - Items - Custom built Home Theatre PCs from my-HTPC

    Mark.
     
  10. Umster

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    what's you views on the popcorn hour A300???
     

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