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Patriot Memory Brings Box Office To Your HDTV

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 25 comments

Patriot revealed its all-in-one HD media player, The Box Office.

Looking for one simple device that can play your favorite HD movies, TV shows and Bugs Bunny cartoons? Look no further than Patriot Memory's Box Office all-in-one HD media player, ready for whatever digital goodness you can throw at it. Patriot was even nice enough to throw in an HDMI 1.3 (and composite) cable to get you hooked up right out of the box.

According to Patriot, the device can output HD video up to 1080p. The device can yank your digital media from a plethora of devices, ranging from a USB drive (a total of 3 ports), a network device, or by using the optional internal 2.5-inch hard drive. Want even faster access? Consumers can expand the device's storage space by throwing in a 2.5-inch SATA SSD.

Patriot's Box Office also provides additional features including Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound, UPnP support, and an optional 802.11g USB Wi-Fi adapter to access the media right from your PC.

Jack Chen, Patriot's Business Development Manager, even added that the Box Office is compatible for internet video streaming by using 3rd party software. "Patriot's Box Office brings the digital revolution to the home audience," he said.

Interested consumers can pre-order the Box Office here on Amazon, costing around $129.99.

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    buwish , October 16, 2009 12:29 AM
    Seems like a PS3, save for the game playing ability.
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    commandersozo , October 16, 2009 12:59 AM
    I could barely read this article around all the ads accosting me on this page. :( 
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    San Pedro , October 16, 2009 1:06 AM
    I wonder if it plays .mkv files. That would be a nice device if it does.
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    JasonAkkerman , October 16, 2009 1:26 AM
    Don't waste your money. Either get an ION nettop, or a popcornhour. Both are way more flexible, customizable, and future proof.
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    08nwsula , October 16, 2009 2:08 AM
    I really like patriot memory, but I'm a little skeptical of this.
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    kelfen , October 16, 2009 2:36 AM
    08nwsulaI really like patriot memory, but I'm a little skeptical of this.

    The amount of stuff and goodies in this thing and its price
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    nukemaster , October 16, 2009 3:10 AM
    I like. Now if i connect a DVD optical drive to it, will i get DVD's :) 
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    Anonymous , October 16, 2009 3:40 AM
    Yeah, this site is quite heavily doused with advertising. It's like watching 60 minutes of tv where 50 minutes are commercials and only 10 minutes of content. Pretty damn painful.
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    socrates047 , October 16, 2009 3:46 AM
    i think i would like to just build an htpc that way i can upgrade it, whenever i want.
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    nukemaster , October 16, 2009 3:48 AM
    Too many adds?

    For firefox users:

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    Anonymous , October 16, 2009 4:42 AM
    I'd also save up for a small HTPC,which can do more than this!
    If I didn't buy my mpeg4 capable DVD player with SD and USB card slot for the ridiculous price of $50, I would not even have a device like this in my house!
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    Manos , October 16, 2009 4:51 AM
    buwishSeems like a PS3, save for the game playing ability.

    Repeat all the capabilities of the device and check how many of those are capable to be done from the PS3 to see how wrong you are... I hope you were just kidding cause you seriously have to be fn kidding me that your PS3 has anything to do with this...

    Anyhow, for those that understand the full usefullness of the device should sound more than interesting like it does for me. i was in a huge need of a similar device till a while back and I did get another brand though with tho half the options this has. Could record straight from TV as well. Oh well, im covered but this sounds way too interesting.
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    jacinclowe , October 16, 2009 5:07 AM
    nice one nuke master
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    unicool , October 16, 2009 5:31 AM
    +1 nukemaster
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    _mrvtcng_ , October 16, 2009 9:32 AM
    Page one gan!
    it seems some companies make new products outside of their regular products like this one. Another example, Mushkin who makes memory is now also making VGA.
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    xenorage , October 16, 2009 12:41 PM
    Not bad set of codecs... Yes even MKV

    Music - WMA, MP3, Real Audio (RA)
    Graphics - JPEG, BMP, PNG
    Video - [MPEG-1] MPG/MPEG/DAT, [MPEG-2] MPG/MPEG/VOB/ISO/TS/TP/M2TS, [MPEG-4] MP4/AVI/MOV, WMV9, FLA, [H.264/AVC] MKV/TS/AVI/MOV/M2TS, [DviX 3/4/5/6, Xvid] AVI/MKV, [Real Video 8/9/10] RM/RMVB

    But this got me??? PC less download management - Download files via P2P sharing for easy access to media from the web.
    Does this thing have a BT client built in?
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    bunz_of_steel , October 16, 2009 12:49 PM
    +2 nukemaster!! yarr. I wouldn't buy this device simply because it's only half baked, like the rest of the half brain corporate ideas. 802.11g.....G!?@!% c'mon noobs thats just stupid. But I guess it works for others apparently but for me that box would choke, no gig port....lame. MKV files are supported put one on hold for San Pedro? another gotchya is that it's just a player, little or no media management. All in all though for 120 bones this is a fairly good deal for mom and pop. HTPC would eat it's lunch AND breakfast in features and flexibility imho
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    bunz_of_steel , October 16, 2009 12:51 PM
    good catch xenorage.... BT would make it, ya beat me on da spec lol
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    xenorage , October 16, 2009 1:01 PM
    Bunz... just a bit quicker with the specs ;P and I agree with the 11g part who are these idiots that decide to use a outdated wireless spec on a new product.

    Not saying it's a instant buy but depending on what you want out of it... Might be worth it to some.

    It would fall flat on it's face VS a HTPC but at $120, you really can't built much on that budget, if that's all you have to spend.

    If it is durable, performs as advertised, plays all the codec's listed, and has BT support it would be a very interesting product that may find a decent market for it.
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    cookoy , October 16, 2009 1:15 PM
    The title is a bit misleading. Thought Patriot is into making Cinema movies. Their first movie, "Memories" (How they're being made). Should be a hit among those with a box personality in the office.
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