Thanks for that Dave, I was just about to ask one of the guys on the PCH thread to see if my sample HF100 video plays on the PCH but you've saved me (and him) the bother Seriously considering the PCH now as my primary playback method, at least until we can afford a PS3
I dont have any experience with other media streamers apart form the PS3 but the PCH does seem to do the job with all my files.
In fact the PS3 doesn't even get switched on these days unless my son wants to play a game. I do feel the quality is slightly better from the PS3 and it plays the files instantly (see below) but of course its not as compatible with file types. And of course the PS3 has WiFi built in.
One thing i noticed the other night was that when ever you try and play a file you get a short message about buffering. Thats normal but when i played a AVCHD file it started instantly. Tried a few of these with the same results.
The reason being that there is a shortage of Popcorn players and they are reported to have a lot of bugs. They are being described as work-in-progress and not ready for prime time. The Mvix players also have some bugs but look very professional and appear to have a bigger following.