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Much anticipated player from Syabas based on the same fast Sigma 8643 chipset as used in the C-200 and A-200. The Popbox promised to break new ground when it was announced owing to the combination of the latest chipset, plentiful on-demand content (including Netflix), and a low price.

Sadly, Netflix has not materialised (or much else by the way of on-demand content). What the Popbox does have going for it is a great looking user interface and 'live' movie scraping from IMDB (as opposed to YAMJ / Zappiti).

Popcorn Hour PopBox
Specification Summary

Launch Date July 2010 3290 days ago
Country USA
Ranking 60/837   ? 
Player Type Media Player (Sigma)
Chipset Family Sigma 864x (2009)   ? 
Chipset Model Sigma 8643 @ 0.67Ghz Single Core
Chipset Rating 3 /5   ? 
Storage USB (2) SD
Network 10/100*   ? 
Size 203 x 154 x 32mm   Fan No
Video Outputs HDMI Component
Audio Outputs HDMI Stereo Analog TOSLINK
DVD ISO Yes   Blu-Ray ISO Yes. Simple (BD-Lite)
XBMC No   ? 
HD Audio DTS DmixTrueHD DmixDTS-HD MA Dmix
DTS PassTrueHD PassDTS-HD MA Pass   ? 
Page last updated: 31-May-13
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PopBox Discussion

There are 12 comments
Dutchie – Netherland
December 29, 2012 - 04:39

This site doesn’t give the real score for Popcorn players. For example, 2 players first in the range of 59 and 60 (Popcorn Hour PopBox & Popcorn Hour A-200) are suddenly upgraded to 45 and 46. Also with the other PCH players they are giving unreliable scores. Iboum has surely made a deal with the Popcorn management. 1 STAR FOR ALL POPCORN PLAYERS! ! !

Smu – Germany
September 06, 2011 - 17:12

Please integrate the new syabas player the "popbox v8" into this list. I was able to assay this player with the new chip 8671 at the IFA last weekend. the player is equally ordinary and brilliant

May 23, 2011 - 11:08

everything i've heard and seen about this box indicates that it is SLOW. with the latest sigma chipset, why should this be so?

May 20, 2011 - 10:48

can this unit copy files between external HD?

Chris – Chicago
January 28, 2011 - 14:35

Bitstreaming of DTS-MA and Dolby TrueHD is now supported and has been for a while now. Description is out of date.

Eug7 – USA
August 05, 2010 - 17:20

I purchase the Popbox (PB) in April within a day or 2 of the announced pre-sale on Amazon. Actually, I heard about the PB just days prior to the CES show in January 2010. In essence, I have been tracking the PB for 6 months. Received the PB the week of July 18th. The bottom line: This is a very ill conceived product. Designed and implemented by shear novices. There's a myriad of little things among big things wrong with this box to indicate that the designers just don't have a clue. The UI is busted as demonstrated on a Tekzilla PB preview episode. Does not play all media types. If a media is unrecognized by the PB you get a black screen. Go no further than Amazon USA ratings for the PB. Just dismal. There is a silver lining however. Post PB I researched and came across and purchased the Nixeus Fusion HD and the kin to the Fusion the Viewsonic VMP75. Both work very well.

July 22, 2010 - 14:13

Thanks for your new update, iboum.
Do you think situation will change in a next few months in which Netflix, lossless HD audio, and Blu-Ray menus will be supportedby Syabas' software?

July 15, 2010 - 23:01

Launched now, can't wait!

May 20, 2010 - 08:53

When will it be available in USA?
@Syabas: Please consider distribution to Europe/NL.

Dan – USA
April 07, 2010 - 17:50

I really want this box, any news on when it will be released?

Johnny – Florida
April 07, 2010 - 05:32

Is this thing even releasing anytime soon or was just some vaporware?

ano – Thailand
January 11, 2010 - 03:43

When shut down by remote control, does the machine completely turn off power to the USB external HDD?

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Detailed Specification
Max Resolution1080p
Box TypeSigma
Chipset FamilySigma 864x (2009)
Chipset ModelSigma 8643
Chipset Ghz0.67
Flash Memory (GB)
Internal HDD
USB Host2
USB Slave
USB Version2.0
SD Card TypeSD
Other Storage
File Systems
Network ProtocolsSamba, Bonjour, DLNA, WM-DRM
Wired Network10/100*
Wireless Network
Component Video1
Composite Video
HDMI Version1.3
Audio/Video Other
Stereo L/R Audio1
S/PDIF Coaxial
AV Recording
AV Inputs
Video Formats (Codecs)H.264, XVID SD/HD, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 MP@HL, MPEG-4.2 ASP@L5, o 720p, 1-point GMC, MPEG-4.10 (H.264), BP@L3, MP@L4.0, HP@L4.0, HP@L4.1, WMV9, MP@HL, SMPTE 421M (VC-1), MP@HL
Video Extensions (Containers)MPEG1/2/4 Elementary (M1V, M2V, M4V), MPEG1/2 PS (M2P, MPG, DAT, VOB), MPEG2 Transport Stream (TS, TP, TRP, M2T, M2TS, MTS), AVI, ASF, WMV, Matroska (MKV), MOV (H.264), MP4, RMP4, FLV, F4V
Audio Formats (Codecs)AAC, M4A, MPEG audio (MP1, MP2, MP3, MPA), WAV, WMA, FLAC, OGG
Audio Extensions (Containers)AAC, M4A, MPEG audio (MP1, MP2, MP3, MPA), WAV, WMA, FLAC, OGG
Image FormatsJPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF
Subtitle FormatsMicroDVD (*.sub), SubRip (*.srt), Sub Station Alpha (*.ssa), Microsoft’s Synchronized Accessible Media Interchange -SAMI (*.smi)
3D Top Bottom
3D Frame PackingNo
3D Frame Sequential
Blu-Ray 3DNo
Blu-Ray ISOYes. Simple (BD-Lite)
Dolby Digital (AC3) DownmixYes
Dolby Digital (AC3) PassthroughYes
Dolby Digital Plus Downmix
Dolby Digital Plus Passthrough
Dolby TrueHD Downmix
Dolby TrueHD Passthrough
DTS DownmixYes
DTS PassthroughYes
DTS-HD HR Downmix
DTS-HD HR Passthrough
DTS-HD MA DownmixYes
DTS-HD MA Passthrough
Internet Radio
Web ServicesNetflix 2.0, Photobucket, SHOUTcast, Revision 3, Weatherbug, Twitter, Channels.com, FunSpot
Native XBMC
Play Store
Web Browser
Browser Detail
Front LCDNo
Supplied Remote
PowerInput 100~240V AC, 50~60Hz. Output 5V DC, 3A max
Power Usage Standby15
W (mm)203
D (mm)154
H (mm)32
Volume (litre)0.99
Weight (kg)0.47
W (inches)8.0
D (inches)6.0
H (inches)1.3
Weight (lb)1.04
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