After about 30 minutes of downloading and configuring, it all came up. I had it displaying on my 1080P projector. Mapped a drive on my network that has my movies and started to play them.
A couple of initial observations.
- it's running fine off the USB port on a PC.
- I can't get the time/date to change to NZ time. It seems to be GMT and I can't a menu item to change that
- the menus are a bit sluggish and when I select a movie to play, it pauses a while (100Mbs ethernet) before it starts to play. I guess it's buffering but on my Popcorn Hour on the same network, it starts to play immediately. I am grabbing content via SMB.
- Tried to play some content with Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master and it didn't seem to like that. Since it can pass through Dolby Digital and DTS over HDMI I would have thought it should be able to pass the HD Audio through also. I need to perform further checks.
I really haven't used XBMC before so part of the time is for to learn the interface.
But all in all very impressive for what it costs. I plan to make a case using a cassette tape box (decided to eschew the $15 box Element14 sells since it back ordered anyway and I have tons of cassette boxes lying around). Have a couple of friends who are interested also.
If I can get it to work with an IR Remote (might try to see if I can find a MCE remote somewhere) and then learn that with a Harmony, then this looks like a great media player option.