Popcorn Hour and LG – Yep, More Media Extender Players


And here I thought news of Extender-type devices had slowed down. The LG one is to be expected given their size, but I’m surprised to see another offering from Popcorn Hour given the very good press they received for their Popbox unit scheduled to arrive in March. But I’m not going to complain–the more choices means the lower the price should get with even greater features.



LG’s XF2 player ships in April and, with its 1080p video and 5.1 audio output over HDMI, has the performance side covered. In terms of compatibility it hits all its marks (MPEG 1/2/4, h.264, Xvid, DivX, FLAC, WMA, AC3, etc. etc.), also supporting subtitles and captions in a number of formats. Capacity, well, 500GB is good, but more would have been better, especially given the lack of a network interface — and the price. This one will retail for 270,000 won, or about $240. Yeah, ouch.




Following their cheap-as-chips Popbox streamer which was shown off last week, the A-200 is for the more serious viewers. It streams from not only computers, but also digital cameras, network storage, and USB storage, plus websites such as Videocast, CBS and CNN. No Netflix support yet, like the Popbox had, nor Twitter and Facebook support—although an App Center is mentioned.