New Firmware For the Popcorn Hour C-200 Available – Standalone Bitstreaming To Follow?

by Damian on May 7, 2010 · 8 comments

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Syabas has just released a new firmware update for the Popcorn Hour C-200 Media Player. Now normally I wouldn’t post about something like this. However, in the firmware update post an interesting note was posted:

We are currently switching to a new Sigma SDK which should fix:
 1.) Avatar BD issues and also issues with other BD's like Up, Pirates of  the Caribbean,..........
 2.) HD Audio passtrough for fileplayback (ts, m2ts and mkv)
 3.) new HDMI drivers
 4.) DDP in MKV stream
 and many more, this will need some time, because we need to port everything over to the new SDK, we hope that we can bring it soon to the public
What is interesting about this point is item #2. For anyone who has been following Popcorn Hour you will know there have been a lot of complaints about the inability to pass through HD Audio (DTS-MA and True HD) from standalone files (I have detailed this in my reviews of both the PCH C-200 and PCH A-200). This is a big deal because the PCH A-100/A-110 had the ability to pass through HD Audio from standalone (m2)ts files. When the PCH C-200 was announced it was never mentioned that this feature would not be available, so a lot of members were  upset when they upgraded from the PCH A-100/A-110 to the PCH C-200 only to find out that a key feature was missing. It was mentioned that this missing feature was actually a bug that Sigma needed to support in the SDK before Syabas could work on. That was nearly 9 months ago, and I think many people were ready to throw in the towel. Fortunately it looks like we are close to turning the corner, so I am excited to see what is in store with the new SDK. With the Popbox release right around the corner as well, things could get very interesting for Syabas.

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Rhinoevans May 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Nice…but where is the GUI update!@

Damian May 7, 2010 at 4:02 pm

I imagine the GUI update is tied in with the new SDK. From what Syabas had said, we would see the new UI in the A-200/C-200 before the Popbox was released. As of now the Popbox is set for release early June so hopefully not too much longer.

ladino May 7, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Encouraging news, thats been long overdue. But, I will only believe when I see issue #2 fixed

dongha December 4, 2010 at 11:08 pm

you mean *hear* it…

ImTheTypeOfGuy May 12, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Will there be a new review on the unit after this new update?

Damian May 12, 2010 at 6:58 pm

@ ImTheTypeOfGuy,

A new review won’t be done. What I will do is update the C-200 and A-200 review to reflect any changes (most notably HD Audio from standalone and the new Flash UI).

Seth May 12, 2010 at 11:29 pm

That recent post has a downloadable AVI file showing the HD audio passthrough working in case anyone is interested, I’m guessing new firmware isn’t that far off.

Runar May 17, 2010 at 1:20 pm

New firmware is also available for the A-200.

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