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Will A-300 upgrade from A-110 solve my problems (Playon compatibility)?
01-19-2012, 10:13 PM (This post was last modified: 01-20-2012 12:09 AM by Alexbo.)
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Will A-300 upgrade from A-110 solve my problems (Playon compatibility)?
I have an A-110, loved it for years. But it has a few problems which prompt me to want to upgrade. I've searched, but can't find answers to my questions, so I'm here asking:

My A-110 has had problems lately playing sound on some Internet sourced video files. It used to work on all files, and lately it can't decode audio for around 10% of tv shows I download. --Will the A-300 solve this problem???

I love Playon (for Hulu) on my A-110, but it suffers from frequent no-content-found errors, which are annoying. Would the A-300 perform any better???

Those two problems are the main reason I'd upgrade, but obviously I know the 300 is more polished in other ways too, like better speed and the UI. Do you guys see those reasons alone as sufficient to upgrade?
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01-19-2012, 10:17 PM (This post was last modified: 01-19-2012 10:20 PM by tyrindor.)
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RE: Will A-300 upgrade from A-110 solve my problems?
I download a massive amount of MKVs from usenet and never had any problems playing a single one of them on my A200 or A300. Even if the A300 doesn't fix these issues, you really won't regret upgrading. I upgraded from a A200 to a A300 which is a much smaller gap and was 100% happy. My friend went A100->A200->A300 over the years, and he hasn't regretted a single purchase. A100->A300 is a no brainer in my opinion.

So.. Without a doubt I would upgrade, the 200 was a very large step forward and the 300 was a smaller (but still quite large) step forward over the 200.
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01-19-2012, 10:23 PM (This post was last modified: 01-19-2012 10:25 PM by Alexbo.)
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RE: Will A-300 upgrade from A-110 solve my problems?
FYI, this is the audio issue I was talking about. I'm not satisfied with having to recode every file I download to make it work, thus, why I'm asking if the a300 can handle the files better than the a110.

http://www.networkedmediatank.com/showth...645&page=3
And this is the playon issue

http://www.networkedmediatank.com/showth...?tid=12158

I was surprised I couldn't find any info on the status of playon with the a300. Does it work better or not?
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01-19-2012, 10:30 PM (This post was last modified: 01-19-2012 10:32 PM by tyrindor.)
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RE: Will A-300 upgrade from A-110 solve my problems?
(01-19-2012 10:23 PM)Alexbo Wrote:  FYI, this is the audio issue I was talking about. I'm not satisfied with having to recode every file I download to make it work, thus, why I'm asking if the a300 can handle the files better than the a110.

http://www.networkedmediatank.com/showth...645&page=3
And this is the playon issue

http://www.networkedmediatank.com/showth...?tid=12158

I was surprised I couldn't find any info on the status of playon with the a300. Does it work better or not?

Can't common on the 2nd issue, don't use it.

As for the audio issue.. I download enough from usenet and never had a problem that I'm 99.9% sure thats only happening on the 100/110. I also have a 200 and have friends that have 200s and 300s. We all download lots and never really have problems with playback. The only playback issues I have are complex BD ISOs that still have menus.
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01-19-2012, 10:36 PM
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RE: Will A-300 upgrade from A-110 solve my problems?
Can you comment on what reasons make the upgrade worth it in your eyes? I'm already generally happy with my a110, except for the problems stated above. I'm not really convinced I should pay a few hundred dollars for a more colorful UI. Or is there more to it than that that I'm missing?

And I'm really surprised this playon thing isn't talked about more. It's the only way to get streaming video on the PCH, isn't it? Am I missing some better way to do that? I want Hulu and Netflix to work. I can't be the only one who sees value in that.
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01-19-2012, 10:46 PM (This post was last modified: 01-19-2012 10:46 PM by tyrindor.)
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RE: Will A-300 upgrade from A-110 solve my problems?
(01-19-2012 10:36 PM)Alexbo Wrote:  Can you comment on what reasons make the upgrade worth it in your eyes? I'm already generally happy with my a110, except for the problems stated above. I'm not really convinced I should pay a few hundred dollars for a more colorful UI. Or is there more to it than that that I'm missing?

And I'm really surprised this playon thing isn't talked about more. It's the only way to get streaming video on the PCH, isn't it? Am I missing some better way to do that? I want Hulu and Netflix to work. I can't be the only one who sees value in that.

A110 can't really handle blu-ray or 1080p, and I don't believe it even supports lossless (or even has a HDMI connection?). I'm not sure if this matters to you, or if your setup even supports that.. but it's a must for me considering 99% of my collection is lossless and 1080p. A300 would also be MUCH faster. It's also newer, which means it gets more firmware updates which, in theory, should make it more reliable.

If you use YAMJ with a HTML skin, that won't work the on the A300 though... NMJ v2 is bad in my opinion, so your only option is YAMJ + Eversion (which is the best solution anyway in my opinion).
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01-19-2012, 11:35 PM
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RE: Will A-300 upgrade from A-110 solve my problems?
A100/110 have a HDMI port.. 1.1 or 1.3.. Handles 1080p without a problem.. it does not handle flac as audio and is a phased out and not really supported product.. the firmware hasn't been updated for ages..

I love boxee and even more XBMC, but that's a personal preference and somewhat rules out an NMT box. Also, not handling 3D properly yet..

Can't help you with solving your problem though..
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01-20-2012, 03:11 AM
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RE: Will A-300 upgrade from A-110 solve my problems (Playon compatibility)?
If you are only thinking of upgrading for those two reasons then I would not bother as PlayON is a mess to keep fixing and LOL avi releases are simple to fix via a remux.

However if you were to say to me is the A300 a worthy upgrade of the A110 then I would say YES. If you were a A210 owner I'd say no wait for the 300 ui/nmjv2 update.

We are getting quite a few fed up Boxxee owners switching to the A300. Plus NMJv2 and the UI are really nice.

There have been plenty of threads on this type of query so search and you'll find a few including ones listing more differences. Big opnes are gigabit/cpu is faster so instead of the 4MB/s via SMB to the 100 you get 18MB/s on the 300. No 1080p issue when playing 1080p content all the time. BDMV/BD IOS support, AVCHD suppport, downloadable covers/fanart/infoi, subtitles, FLAC in MKV etc. etc.

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01-22-2012, 10:50 PM
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RE: Will A-300 upgrade from A-110 solve my problems (Playon compatibility)?
I agree Playon is a mess on my a-110. I'm starting to think pch just isn't meant to have streaming video? That's a big feature to not have, while all competitors have it. And no, I don't find it acceptable to have to remux the audio for every file I download, thats BS. I want a player that can just play any file, not a player that can play files only after I recode them.

Regarding upgrading for other reasons, I searched and found a lot of people saying the a-300 is slower for browsing networked files. That's bad. I want a faster experience, not slower.

My needs are fairly simple. I want to be able to stream Hulu/youtube, play all downloaded file formats (in HD, but not necessarily bluray ISO), and navigate with a decent snappy UI.

Boxee claims I can do all that, the remote has fill qwerty built in, they are offering live tv integration, and they have better iPad/iPhone remote control options. Am I missing something? Is boxee just better?
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01-23-2012, 12:16 AM (This post was last modified: 01-23-2012 12:18 AM by emveepee.)
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RE: Will A-300 upgrade from A-110 solve my problems (Playon compatibility)?
If you have a Windows PC to use as a server, I don't mention it much any more but there's always NextPVR for the A110. It gives reasonable PlayOn performance with Netflix, Hulu and YouTube. I personally find the NextPVR YouTube plugin better since it allows playing of native YouTube mp4 at 720p but not everyone is this lucky because Syabas never addressed Internet streaming issues especially with HD.

Of course the key feature is you get livetv with way more capture devices then the other extenders (BB, Dune Xtreamer) support, IPTV and lot more too. It address most mpeg-ts problems include the lack of native HE-AAC support. For audio it play any audio type that ffmpeg supports, including some the 300 series won't play and more Internet radio then the 200s. The only real problem are the new avi files with no sound.

Martin
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01-24-2012, 01:24 AM
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RE: Will A-300 upgrade from A-110 solve my problems (Playon compatibility)?
Wow, I just spent almost an hour on the NextPVR website, and after downloading it I have to say I can't make any sense of it at all. It seems to be focused mainly on acting as a DVR for a media center PC? I can't find any way to access Hulu on it, nor can I even get my PCH to interface with my PC running it.

I get the impression that NextPVR is very non-user friendly. It's like it was all programmed by a single guy, not designed for commercial use. The number of unfamiliar (and not defined) acronyms on their website is mind-boggling, and the instructions all assume you're a long-time expert user who is installing the PCH as an added feature (not a new user planning to primarily use the PCH interface).

All I need is a media center that decodes audio on the new AVI files better than my PCH (without forcing me to constantly recode each file), and also gives me access to streaming internet video. It is looking like Boxee is the only device that can handle both those things.
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01-24-2012, 04:00 AM
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RE: Will A-300 upgrade from A-110 solve my problems (Playon compatibility)?
NextPVR is definitely a PVR so yes that is a new world for most people but there is a wiki with a glossary etc. If you don't want the PVR/EPG functions just ignore the instructions. There is also the need for PC users to install an HTPC with codecs etc and you also ignore that as a NMT user. The full HTPC, EPG setup and PVR function setup can take hours and that is why there is so much dedicated to it.

As I wrote first though NextPVR won't solve your avi problems so it likely isn't for you. You would want the Universe Plugin for PlayOn (Hulu) and the YouTube plugin.

I am not the NextPVR developer but I did write an installer that simplifies the NMT/NextPVR install process, http://www.gbpvr.com/nwiki/pmwiki.php?n=...stall2.exe Most the NextPVR users don't have need a hard drive in their PCH's so most of the complicated instructions involve running an NMT application from a Windows share. If you can install a Windows guest share and configure a Windows firewall normally you should have everything installed in under 10 minutes by just clicking the defaults.

If you have a hard drive in your PCH install via CSI it might be five minutes. or even less if you have NextPVR installed.

Martin
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01-25-2012, 04:35 AM
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RE: Will A-300 upgrade from A-110 solve my problems (Playon compatibility)?
So you're saying I can only get Hulu through a PlayOn plugin? This is driving me crazy. Hulu is free. Why is it that there are no options to get it free on the PCH?
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01-25-2012, 05:30 AM (This post was last modified: 01-25-2012 05:31 AM by emveepee.)
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RE: Will A-300 upgrade from A-110 solve my problems (Playon compatibility)?
That's what I said right from the beginning. It's not free it's licensed. If you are looking for native Hulu look for the mass market players (WD Live, Roku, XBox, PS3, SmartTV's and BluRay players, TiVo, GoogleTV) I've already got too many choices for playing Hulu and it is not even available here in Canada.

Martin
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01-31-2012, 02:27 AM
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RE: Will A-300 upgrade from A-110 solve my problems (Playon compatibility)?
In deciding whether or not the A-300, Boxee, or something else is for me, I have to consider what the device can give me. I'm leaning towards a custom built HTPC, as that appears to be the only way to get everything I want. I will run XBMC on it, and it will be awesome. Goodbye Popcorn Hour! I wonder what my old A-110 will go for on Ebay?
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