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Viewsonic VMP73
Realtek 1073 based.

Viewsonic VMP73
Specification Summary

Launch Date June 2010 2950 days ago
Country USA
Ranking 570/830   ? 
Player Type Media Player (Realtek)
Chipset Family Realtek 1xx3 (2009)   ? 
Chipset Model Realtek 1073DD @ 0.4Ghz Single Core
Chipset Rating 2 /5   ? 
Storage eSATA (1) USB (2)
Network 10/100 Optional Wi-Fi(n)  ? 
Size 130 x 100 x 25mm   Fan No info
Video Outputs HDMI Composite
Audio Outputs HDMI Stereo Analog TOSLINK
DVD ISO No info   Blu-Ray ISO No info
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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There are 11 comments
joebloggs – uk
May 19, 2012 - 13:45

anyone have the vmp73 firmware upgrade its not on there site no more

October 02, 2011 - 13:17

The upgrade scrren appears. I insert the usb with the 2 files. Nothing happens! Anyone having this problem?

May 25, 2011 - 17:15

Thanks, Gadgetmad!
I have just downloaded the latest from Briteview, and now plan on playing a little bit with the player
If it does not work like I would like it to... I can always bootstrap back to the "good enough" Briteview firmware!


GadgetsMAD – UK
May 06, 2011 - 19:29

Hey Alex,

Viewsonic released a Firmware update for the VMP 73 on the
20th April 2011.

Download page is provided below!

Firmware Download Page

GadgetsMAD – UK
April 21, 2011 - 15:05

Thanks Alex for the info, I can confirm that the latest firmware for the BriteViewCinemaTube Mini works with fine with on the Viewsonic VMP73

Get firmware from www.brite-view.com

You wont be able to update from the menu, use bootstrap update method below.

To upgrade put firmware on a usb stick.

Unplug power cord and disconnect all usb devices.

Power on and hold power button in for 10 seconds.

When screen displays upgrade info, insert usb stick with 2 firmware files.

NOW WAIT - DO NOT TURN OFF until upgrade is finished or you may damage your player!

Wait until it restarts itself and finishes the upgrade process, takes a few minutes.

Then you will have latest firmware curently April 2011

Reply to GadgetsMAD
February 09, 2012 - 22:31

Do you have any idea what cind of wlan stick i need?
Also is there any available plugins ?

Reply to GadgetsMAD
February 15, 2012 - 21:36


I've tried the bootstrap method described above but all holding onto my power button does is bring up the main page. It doesn't bring upgrade info up as you describe.

Obviously I've then tried just upgrading via the sub menus using the latest brite view firmware but the player just reports that the image is damaged.

Can you please clarify the bootstrap method again?

Reply to GadgetsMAD
MZombie – Derby
February 16, 2012 - 06:43

Just a fair warning to anyone doing this upgrade: whilst the brite-view software is probably better in regard of file and HD support, the interface graphics are significantly uglier - a horrible blue background and 90's style icons.

I'm currently searching for a viewsonic firmware to wind back to, if anyone has a copy please email me:



Reply to GadgetsMAD
May 19, 2012 - 08:19

Actually, there is no visual difference between the original Viewsonic screens and the Briteview version... the same uninteresting BLACK background etc... I cannot say that icons are 80s style... but I spend very little time looking at the screens: what matters are the video files that one will be viewing (or not, depending on the firmware)
It is fairly easy to flash back to Viewsonic firmware, though, and it is easy to download Viewsonic firmware from their site, as well.

December 21, 2010 - 14:05

Obviously, noone does, or cares to share the info.
Well, for those needing to know, you need to flash the VMP73 with much newer firmware, the latest BriteView firmwares fit perfectly and the remote keeps functioning as it should.
Along with HDD and other media sources, DVD is added, and you can connect ANY external DVD via USB: it will read and reproduce DVD Video discs and ISO/UDF discs with media files.

With the Viewsonic firmware none of that is possible, you MUST flash with some other firmware for a similar device (for the best simalirity, just check out the remote that device would have, if it is the same, it will do!)...

December 06, 2010 - 11:03

Does anyone have experience with connecting external USB optical drives to vmp73 or any other realtek 1073DD device?

Help and advice would be appreciated.

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Firmware Updates

Detailed Specification
Max Resolution1080p
Box TypeRealtek
Chipset FamilyRealtek 1xx3 (2009)
Chipset ModelRealtek 1073DD
Chipset Ghz0.4
Flash Memory (GB)
Internal HDD
USB Host2
USB Slave
USB Version2.0
SD Card Type
Other Storage
File SystemsFAT, EXT, NTFS
Network ProtocolsSamba
Wired Network10/100
Wireless Network Optional Wi-Fi(n)
Component Video
Composite Video1
HDMI Version1.3
Audio/Video Other
Stereo L/R Audio1
S/PDIF Coaxial
AV Recording
AV Inputs
Video Formats (Codecs)MPEG2 (Up to 40Mbps), MPEG4 (Up to 40Mbps), DivX 3/4/5/6/ X Vid (Up to 40Mbps), H.264 (Up to 40Mbps), DivX 3/4/5/6 X Vid(Up to 20Mbps) VC-1 (Up to 40Mbps), WMV9 (Up to 40Mbps), MJPEG (Up to 40Mbps), Realvideo (Up to 20Mbps)
Video Extensions (Containers).avi/ .mkv/ .ts/ .dat/ .mpg/ .mpeg/ .vob/ .mkv/ .dat/ .iso/ .ifo/ .ts/ .tp/ .mp4/ .mov/ .wmv/ .asf/ .flv/ .rm/ .rmvb
Audio Formats (Codecs).mp3/ .mpeg audio/ .dolby digital/ .dts/ .wma/ .pcm/ .lpcm/ .adpcm/ .flac/ .wav/ .aac/ .ra/ .ogg/ .mka
Audio Extensions (Containers)
Subtitle Formats.srt/ .smi/ .sub/ .ssa/ .idx+sub
3D Top Bottom
3D Frame PackingNo
3D Frame Sequential
Blu-Ray 3DNo
Blu-Ray ISO
Dolby Digital (AC3) Downmix
Dolby Digital (AC3) Passthrough
Dolby Digital Plus Downmix
Dolby Digital Plus Passthrough
Dolby TrueHD Downmix
Dolby TrueHD Passthrough
DTS Downmix
DTS Passthrough
DTS-HD HR Downmix
DTS-HD HR Passthrough
DTS-HD MA Downmix
DTS-HD MA Passthrough
Internet Radio
Web ServicesFlikr, RSS
Native XBMC
Play Store
Web Browser
Browser Detail
Front LCD
Supplied Remote
Power Usage Standby
W (mm)130
D (mm)100
H (mm)25
Volume (litre)0.33
Weight (kg)0.20
W (inches)5.1
D (inches)3.9
H (inches)1.0
Weight (lb)0.44
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