- Set-top box hardware and software producer Syabas will use the pre-International CES showcase 'CES Unveiled' Tuesday to demonstrate its $129 Popbox open platform set-top box that streams music, movies, photos, games, social-media updates and more to HDTVs.
which will be the company's first retail distributed product when it ships in March, supports most audio and video file types and recognizes content from the Internet, a personal computer and a USB-attached storage device such as a Flip Video HD camcorder or an external hard drive, the company said.
Popbox also features a new, easy-to-navigate user interface (UI) that was designed by Dewey Reid, who won an Emmy award in 2004 for his work on the Moxi Media Center.
The UI enables users to browse content from a wide variety of Internet-based content channels, as well as a home-networked media library with full metadata-based navigation. Metadata partners include IMDB for movies.
The Popbox was said to have been designed to handle a wide range of media file types, which allows media companies to rapidly develop and deploy a wide range of interactive high-definition applications and content.
Those applications and content may then be given away or sold on the Popapps Portal, the company said.
Developers can sign up for the program at
Syabas also said that it has added a new content and application partners including: Netflix, Twitter, FunSpot (interactive videogames), Crunchyroll (Japanese anime and Asian entertainment site), and Shoutcast (32,000 professional and community programmed radio stations).
"I strongly believe that this year over-the-top set-top boxes will go from the niche enthusiast to the mainstream consumer," said Alex Limberis, COO of Syabas. "Popbox is perfectly positioned to deliver everything from movies to photos, to music to games to Tweets in an inexpensive, easy-to-use platform that will drive this market forward in 2010."
Syabas has been developing software for connected entertainment devices for companies including HP, Netgear, I-O DATA, Pinnacle Systems and Viewsonic since 2001.
In 2007, the company began shipping Popcorn Hour, its first over-the-top set-top box.
Popbox is expected to be available in the United States in March and will be the company's first product available through the retail channel.
System specifications include the following:
Video outputs: HDMI (1080p/720p/480p), component video (Y/Pb/Pr)
Audio outputs: stereo analog audio, S/PDIF optical
Content services: Netflix 2.0, Photobucket, Shoutcast Revision3
Developer services: Flash Lite 3.1 support, PopBox SDK, Application Store (Popapp Center)
Video file containers: MPEG-1/2/4 elementary (M1V, M2V, M4V); MPEG-1/2 PS (M2P, MPG, DAT, VOB); MPEG2 Transport Stream (TS, TP, TRP, M2T, M2TS, MTS); AVI, ASF, WMV Matroska (MKV); MOV (H.264), MP4, RMP4
Video codecs: XVID SD/HD, MPEG-1, MPEG-2
, MPEG-4.2 ASP@L5, 720p, 1-point GMC MPEG-4.10 (H.264), BP@L3, MP@L4.0, HP@L4.0, HP@L4.1, WMV9,
, SMPTE 421M (VC-1),
Audio file containers: AAC, M4A, MPEG audio (MP1, MP2, MP3, MPA) WAV, WMA, FLAC, OGG
Audio codecs: Dolby Digital, DTS, WMA, WMA Pro, MPEG-1 Layer 1, 2, 3, MPEG-4 AAC-LC, MPEG-4 HE-AAC, MPEG-4 BSAC, LPCM, FLAC, OGG Vorbis
Photo formats: JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF
DRM: Cardea DRM (WMDRM-ND), Janus DRM (WMDRM-PD)
Content security: HDCP 1.2, CGMS-A
Remote control: IR remote control.