We've long moaned that there's no such thing as the perfect media streamer. We've tested , which is hopeless unless you exist totally in the Apple universe, and even then only if you're a U.S. resident. We enjoyed the but noted it's far from perfect and, like Apple TV, won't play many formats out of the box. Now we've found another system, called the Popcorn Hour A-100, which promises to do everything we want--and we're properly excited.
For a start, it will play everything. Yes, that's right. It's not the product of a multinational corporation, so it doesn't have a media file agenda to push. You get support for QuickTime, MPEG-4 in all its flavours, including things wrapped in MKV containers. You can also play MPEG-2, WMV, and DivX--including their HD variants, up to resolutions of 1080p. To see it in action,