Archive for April, 2008
In January of this year a number of work colleagues were looking at network media players which supported high definition material and specifically ones which supported material in MKV (Matroska) containers.
I did a little reasearch at that time and…
- it appears there are a number of players based on the Sigma 862X series chips – most of which don’t support mkv but some apparently do.
- there is a new Sigma 863X series chips which do support HD up to 1080p with mkv support.
DVICO TViX currently has the PVR M-4130SH and PVR M-5130SH (both available in Aus) which use the EM8623 but they state they have mkv support. It’s a PVR as it also has a HD tuner in it. They are also bringing out their new M6500-A with the SMP8635 which definitely supports mkv’s and other good stuff.
Popcorn Hour have their Networked Media Tank A-100 (only available in limited qty online) also based on SMP8635 which on paper looked absolutely awesome featurewise (esp for price). A good review is available here.
Mvix currently only have players based on the older chipset but rumours are it will have a newer player soon.
Same for Ziova.
The Popcorn Hour Networked Media Tank A-100
Back in January I signed up on the Popcorn Hour “waiting list” and about a month ago my number came up and I ordered one of these online – it cost me just over $240 Australian delivered.
Apparently this wasn’t some elaborate online scam and a week or two later my shiny new NMT A-100 arrived.
In my next post I’ll talk about my experience with the unit and my view of it’s positives and negatives.