Apple TV vs Popcorn Hour

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by obey908, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. obey908 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 21, 2008
    San Francisco
    I can't decide what one I want to buy. Does anyone of any experience of using both? Or just your personal opinion of what you think is a better home theater device.

  2. italiano40 macrumors 65816


    Oct 7, 2007
    I enjoy the :apple:tv because you can store music and video on it and i can put my podcast on it, my friend has the popcorn hour and all you can do is stream the movies from their service
  3. serpico macrumors regular


    Sep 19, 2004
    Vancouver, BC
    Good to know. I have a lot of podcasts that I watch and would be nice to watch it on the tv while working. Cuts down on resources using itunes at the same time on the notebook.
  4. MVApple macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2008
    ^I would check out popcorn hour to see what it can and can't do because its always being updated and its much more powerful for playing back video than the appletv.
  5. LinMac macrumors 65816

    Oct 28, 2007
    The popcorn hour device looks pretty neat overall.

    I like my AppleTV because it fits neatly into the iTunes ecosystem and I have access to the iTunes store. That doesn't mean I wouldn't add a Popcorn Hour to my setup though as it looks very interesting. The support for a variety of media formats is very compelling.
  6. BoulderBum macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2008
    I think the Apple TV focuses on on-demand content, convenience, and usable interface, whereas the Popcorn Hour focuses mostly on compatibility with a broad range of formats.

    The Apple TV features On-Demand movie rentals from every major studio, an attractive and intuitive integration with your iTunes library, a great interface to view Video Podcasts, YouTube and Flickr slideshows and it has an internal hard drive, right out of the box.

    The interaction with iPods can't be understated either. You can purchase a TV show in the iTunes store, take it with you for the train ride to work or airplane, then be able to watch it on your TV when you get back. For iPhones and iPod Touches, there's also free "Remote" application you can download that lets you choose your content from your handheld device and use its virtual keyboard to search (it's very cool).

    The Popcorn Hour, on the other hand, is good if you have a wide variety of file formats and you don't want to do everything the Apple way. It's more difficult to set up, and the interface isn't as smooth, but at least you won't be stuck in Apple Land.

    I'd also watch the two videos to compare the user experience:
  7. obey908 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 21, 2008
    San Francisco
    think i am going with the apple tv. does anyone know if target is still having the sale, or any other stores? should i wait for black friday, or buy now?
  8. Donar macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2008
    The Popcornhour can store (and play) your .mp4 .m4v .mkv .mp4 .wmv .avi .aac (without DRM) ... if you put a hard drive into it. Or you can Stream things via UPNP, smb, NFS to it. It plays 1080p fine and you can also watch Youtube, Flickr. Just go to their homepage and have a look.
  9. BoulderBum macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2008
    Anytime is a good time, I think. Apple occasionally drops prices of their entire product line, but Apple hardware itself never goes "on sale" for reasons detailed here.

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