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a POPCORN HOUR on steroids: the BLOBbox ipTV STB

Discussion in 'IPTV and Internet Video Delivery' started by ilgiampa, May 15, 2009.

  1. ilgiampa

    ilgiampa Cool Member

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    Today on ehomeupgrade:

    Full article here

    The set-top box at-a-glance (official website).

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    I tried PCH and I liked it, but I always felt like I wanted more. :glasses: The other problem is my TV has only one connection (and really I don't want a bunch of hw by my TV anyway). I'm seeing a lot of new boxes that do different things - dtt, pc/nas access, email, web radio, bittorent - but this seems to be the first that puts it all together. :sunsmile:
     
  2. dave29

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    It don't look too bad, if it would stream iso's, then I would be impressed.
     
  3. CCarncross

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    Need a version for North America as well, there are no ATSC tuners
     
  4. phat78boy

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    How is this any better then PCH, HDX, or any NMT for that matter? The h/w specs aren't even as good as current NMT boxes. On top of that, it can't even do MKV yet. I'm not impressed at all.

    On a side note, I wasn't that impressed with my NMT boxes until I centralized my movie storage and added a nice GUI to get to movies and media. Since then, I have been more then happy with the boxes.
     
  5. ilgiampa

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    Hi Dave, good news for you :), it will play iso's soon, by the next software releases. You will then be able to watch iso's on the box, e.g. when you'll download with bittorrent or copy from your PC using the web control panel.
     
  6. ilgiampa

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    This is the first box, Telsey is headquartered in europe, it's obvious that the first hardware is compatible with european specs. I've read that tvblob is looking for other box manufacturers to enter in the US market very soon.
    So, you can be confident about getting you american BLOBbox! :)
     
  7. ilgiampa

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    My excitement is not related to a particular hardware feature, but to the whole new approach of offering a centralized system for offline and online entertainment :joy:. You have one single box that gives you access to DTT channels and all the entertainment you can expect from the internet. And it's easy to use! :heart:
    I sit on my sofa and I watch DTT channels, WEBTVs and podcasts, I access YouTube and reeplay.it, I watch the next movie trailer downloaded with bittorrent, or my movies that are streamed from my PC using UPnP. More than that, the platform is open to anybody to port an existing service on TV, or to create new services, thanks to the developers community http://www.blobforge.com/.
    BTW I've heard of MKV beeing supported soon (the roadmap here).

    What did you use to centralize your movie storage? Did you buy an external drive with network support? Or are you using your PC with a bigger HDD?
     
  8. phat78boy

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    NMT's do this already, so I'm a little confused why this is any better. H/W specs show less RAM them current NMT's use which I believe is key for playing HD media and streaming from the internet.

    I use a WHS for my centralizing my movie storage. It also runs my movie database, YAMJ.
     
  9. dave29

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    It may be able to play dvd ISO's with an update, but I doubt it will do BD ISO's.
     
  10. dave29

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    Same thing that I am doing for the last few months. WHS is pretty awesome.
     
  11. phat78boy

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    Agreed. By far one of the most useful tech purchases I've made in a while. Combine it with an NMT or two and its nothing short of awesome.
     
  12. durl

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    While nice, it doesn't seem like a huge improvement over Popcorn Hour. It's going to take an update to play ISOs and it still doesn't play other formats that PCH does out of the box. And while you may get a bit more functionality in other areas, it costs a lot more than a basic Popcorn Hour unit.
     
  13. dave29

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    What NMT's are you using?
     
  14. phat78boy

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    I have a PCH A-110 and two HDX 1000 boxes. Insides are basically the exact same on the two, just find the HDX much more "professional" looking.
     
  15. dave29

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    Thanks, I have been leaning towards the HDX for a while now. Do you know if the HDX will ever get an update to allow BD iso playback? Or, is the hardware even capable?
     
  16. ilgiampa

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    I'm looking for a good networked HDD with RAID and UPnP support to use with my BLOBbox. Do you think I should consider a WHS?
     
  17. Hansen

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    I use a HP MediaSmart Server, which runs WHS. Does an awesome job of streaming movies, music and photos.


    My preference over the PCH is the SageTV HD200 extender. I use that in conjunction with Sage Media Center for WHS on my HP MSS and it is nothing short of awesome. Plays everything including blu ray rips (m2ts).
     
  18. ilgiampa

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    There is no direct link between <more ram> and <more performance>. It really depends on how the system uses the memory it has. A good memory management will provide you with good performance and stability.
    In both the Popcorn and the BLOBbox the RAM is shared between the OS and the chip, which has enough memory for playing HD content.
    (I wanna thank tvblob guys for their patience!) ;)
     
  19. bottoman

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    Is the BLOBbox DLNA-compliant?
     
  20. ilgiampa

    ilgiampa Cool Member

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    Sure! Get any UPnP compatible device and you'll watch movies on your TV, whenever they are! I've heard that the new fw will let you browse remote files using SAMBA, too (this is easier, so you don't have to install diversity on your PC).

    bye!
     

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