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SKYMTL February 16, 2010 09:23 PM

Patriot Box Office Media Player Review Comment Thread
 
For many people, home theater PCs (HTPCs) are daunting systems where they can easily get caught up in a web of conflicting codecs and some downright expensive hardware costs. Dedicated media players have been around for quite some time and until recently only allowed users to watch standard definition media files from a separate storage device. Now, with devices like Patriot’s Box Office, easy access to high definition content is right at your fingertips.

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ZZLEE February 16, 2010 10:00 PM

Good Rewiew :biggrin: securty <

Polygon February 16, 2010 11:20 PM

nice...

thinking of buying one!

martin_metal_88 February 17, 2010 08:32 AM

Nice this is a great dvd economy with the wi-fi capabilities. The only thing missing on this unit is a DVD player. That would be a so niec all in one film and streaming platform. If they add it I buy it without a question. Nice review AKG!!!

slay3r February 17, 2010 10:32 AM

Nice review!

You are talking a lot about the Asus O!Play and Western Digital in your review.
Will you review theses later?I know there is other place that reviewed them but its not HWC quality :punk:
I would like to see how they compete each other in term of performance. Just like what you do with computer!

As for this;
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However, the Box Office’s abilities to play nearly every possible media CODEC out there and do it without the need to update anything is a powerful argument in its favour over a more complex HTPC.
What will happen if divx release a new codec? Does it offer some kind of codec upgrade via firmware?

Once again, i really appreciated your review!

Polygon February 17, 2010 06:24 PM

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Originally Posted by martin_metal_88 (Post 334991)
Nice this is a great dvd economy with the wi-fi capabilities. The only thing missing on this unit is a DVD player. That would be a so niec all in one film and streaming platform. If they add it I buy it without a question. Nice review AKG!!!

If you go higher end you can find ones with Wifi built in and room for a optical disk or hard drive (or maybe both)

r0bc February 18, 2010 10:43 PM

Nice review.
I was thinking of buying one of these and when I asked around in the different forums if it could play Blu Ray ISOs I was always told it could, I figured it was BS... glad I didn't buy it.

bukwyte February 19, 2010 02:56 PM

"N" wireless usb work?
 
Would plugging in a wireless USB adapter work on the Patriot Box Offiice media player?

traitoR February 20, 2010 01:03 AM

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When it came to ISO support, things are spotty at best since the Box Office will play them, but if you start a movie you will not be able to get back to the menu main and if you stop watching you will not be able to resume. The other caveat is your ISO cannot have any DRM attached to it or it will not work.

Just loaded up my Star Wars ISO which i haven't watched for over a month and it continued from where i left off, also if you hit the menu button it does bring up the DVD menu, if you hit exit it resumes play ???? Not sure what you are talking about ? If i hit Home it brings up the PBO menu if i hit it again the movie resumes ??? Everything works fine for me although the remote is somewhat unresponsive while wirelessly streaming.

Did you not update the firmware ?


LPCM seems to be for 2 channel audio while ac3 6 channel is for 5.1 or 7.1 in my case, it is a bitch to have to switch back and forth, though it does all work fine otherwise, at least for me.

My biggest complaints is the crappy wireless G, it's almost useless for anything beyond Divx rips, there are a few N adaptors if you get the right chipset, plus they are supposedly working on one themselves...so. Theres also the unresponsive remote while the unit is working and a few niggling things with the firmware, but it's not that bad of a unit really.

SKYMTL February 20, 2010 07:53 AM

The only firmware I see available is a beta one. We try not to use beta firmwares for reviews.


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