Media streamers


Reviews & hands-on

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Popcorn Hour A-400 review

    By 16 May 2013

    There was a time when the Popcorn Hour was THE media player to have. Not only did it do everything, it also managed to produce excellent quality pictures and sound. In recent years though, things have become much more competitive in this media playing...

  • Home Cinema 5 out of 5

    Pure Avalon 300R Connect review

    By 2 March 2013

    Selling your very first Freeview set-top-box in 2012 is the move of either a company that knows what it's doing, or the move of a company so adept at missing the boat that it has evolved into a fish to avoid further boat-missing agony. The Pure Avalon...

  • Home Cinema 5 out of 5

    Roku LT review

    By 21 February 2013

    We liked the Roku 2 XS, but we didn't absolutely love it. Things have moved on a bit though, and the company offered us the chance to look at its LT model. It's technically a little less hardcore than the 2 XS, but it costs half as much - about £50 -...

  • Home Cinema

    Popcorn Hour A-400 pictures and hands-on

    By 25 January 2013

    By way of an introduction, if you haven't heard of it before the Popcorn Hour range of media streamers aims to offer a way of playing back pretty much any kind of video and audio. When Syabas started making the A100 - the first-generation device - there...

  • Audio

    Hands-on: Pure Sensia 200D Connect review

    By 18 December 2012

    Pure has had a great 2012. Not only has the company broken from its traditional digital audio comfort zone with a HD television set-top-box - the Avalon 300R Connect - and shown it had a touch of British spirit with its Union Jack adorned DAB radios released...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Popcorn Hour C-300 review

    By 22 March 2012

    Accessing the video on your home network, or playing files from USB devices is one of the growth areas for home cinema. And no device offers more options than the Popcorn Hour C-300, with incredible video format support and outstanding upgrade options,...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Philips HMP2000 Smart Media Box review

    By 20 March 2012

    There is no doubt that 2012 will be the year of the smart TV. But if you already own a TV, and don't want to upgrade it just to get access to internet services, then don't despair, you have options. Companies such as LG, Samsung and Sony have been putting...

  • Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    Roku 2 XS review

    By 16 March 2012

    TV is changing, and it's happening quickly. As recently as 10 years ago, the idea of TV being delivered over the internet was a pipe dream. Now, we can watch near-broadcast quality video, streamed to us over the internet with a wait of just a few seconds....

  • Home Cinema

    Simple.TV pictures and hands-on

    By 18 January 2012

    It's amazing what you can find if you spread your wings from the main halls at CES in Las Vegas. Indeed, a visit to Caesar's Palace and the Rovi developers' forum was a fine place to see upcoming and existing technologies that may otherwise have been...

  • Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Boxee Box review

    By 22 November 2010

    We’ve been tracking the Boxee Box by D-Link since its first appearance at CES 2010 in Las Vegas. Now 11 months on, the Boxee Box, a media streamer to take on the likes of Apple TV, Roku, and Google TV, is here and ready to plug into your TV. But is...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Viewsonic VMP74 media streamer review

    By 7 May 2010

    Viewsonic has recently taken a bold step into the media streamer market with its VMP74 HD digital media player, a superbly slimline rival to larger and more expensive alternatives that offers a range of modern features and functionality. Capable of streaming...

  • Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    Popcorn Hour C-200 Networked Media Tank review

    By 24 March 2010

    Following our report that AdvancedMP3Players has begun to stock the Popcorn Hour C-200 for the UK market, we’ve managed to get our hands on a unit and have put it through its paces. The successor to the popular A-100/110 builds on the key areas that...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Lacie LaCinema Mini HD media streamer review

    By 1 February 2010

    Many companies are cottoning on to the fact that the increasing range of set top boxes that might typically sit under an HDTV puts portability at a premium, something that is reflected quite nicely by Lacie’s new addition to its LaCinema range - the...

  • Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    Conceptronic Grab'N'GO Full HD Media Player review

    By 22 January 2010

    With its black, heavy-set, brushed aluminium body and stylish M-shaped stand, the Conceptronic Full HD Media Player is one of the more aesthetically pleasing streamers on the market and would coordinate nicely with a modern home cinema setup. Power and...

  • Home Cinema 3 out of 5

    Dane-Elec SO G-Stream media streamer review

    By 4 September 2009

    While media streamers are certainly becoming more versatile at the top-end, with support for DRM-encoded content, web access and a wealth of media-management features, there’s clearly still a market for a basic, no-frills device such as the Dane-Elec...