Syabas Technology said it will ship a $129 Internet-based Audio/Video streaming set-top box (STB) in the first half of 2010. But for the time being the company has released the popbox SDK 1.0, allowing developers to create Flash applications that use the popbox API. When the Popbox is released there will be a new interface that includes “infopops” which shows off features like the weather, Twitter feeds, and other information. The interface also has a cover-flow-like visual thumbnails choice for audio, videos, and other information. A global search will be included as well.
The PopBox is essentially based on the same internal hardware design features as its Popcorn Hour predecessor. But it will be without the option of an internal hard drive. It will also lack the ability to provide media streaming server functions (“networked media tank”) on the home LAN.
Here are some of the Software Features that PopBox has available
- Netflix * Revision3 * Funspot Games
- Photobucket * Next New Networks
- Livestation * Pico Channel
- Thinking Screen Media* Mediafly
- Weather Bug* Twitter Facebook
- IMDB* SHOUTcast* Crunchy Roll
- Blip TV * Waterfront Entertainment
- Channels.Com * FrameChannel
- Internet Video Archive
The PopBox has a redesigned user interface, from the PopcornHour product with a more finished-looking case, 2 gigabytes of internal nonvolatile flash storage, plus a new, application platform where third-party-developed applications can be downloaded directly into the device. Also modifications have been made to the media-server functions; some have been omitted,. The results are a simpler, less expensive device.
The interface can handle Flash, Java and QT so Netflix is now available. Other content available is Hulu, CBS and ABC. It will now feature the in-video ads required for playback. Content from Twitter, Facebook, Revision3, Shoutcast MP3, and other Popcorn Hour will rollover to the new box.
For video, 1080p at 100Mbps will be supported, along with the standard MPEG formats. The player will also carry most subtitle files, including the proprietary on from Microsoft. For streaming, the Popbox will recognize iTunes via Bonjour, and DLNA and UPnP sources.