Patriot Box Office Player Review

By on January 3, 2013, 10:51 PM
The digital age has brought about a new breed of media players designed to handle all your music, movies and television shows in a small compact package. With the growing popularity of Internet-based broadcasts, as well as the legal (and not so legal) distribution of movies, television shows and other multimedia content, traditional players are no longer cutting it. To date every affordable digital media player that I have come across suffered from multiple flaws. The prospect of acquiring a capable digital media player for around $100 appeared bleak, until now. The search for the perfect affordable solution was reignited when Patriot sent us their new "Box Office" media player that sells for $99.
This small unit boasts full 1080p support along with a wide range of media formats, including H.264, ISO, VOB, DivX, xVid, MKV, MOV and MPEG amongst others. The Box Office supports internal and external storage along with wired or wireless network streaming for HDD-less operation. Read the complete review.




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LightHeart said:

Thanks for the great review. I've been interested in these devices for some time though it looks like I'm going to wait awhile longer (until the bugs get worked out) before taking the plunge.

stwongbad85 said:

On amazon there is a $35 mail in rebate you can print out making the box only $57.98.

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Guest said:

I just purchased one of these and the first thing I did was add a wireless N adapter ($13 - ebay), a 500 GB hard drive and updated it to use the AC Ryan Firmware. I also plugged in an Asus slim external DVD drive and it plays movies just like a DVD player. I'm going to use it on a secondary TV so the kids can access movies from my HTPC plus store movies locally so it's portable. So far it works great.

Stonos said:

Does it support Greek subtitles? Also, can you change the subtitles' time offset (in case they aren't synchronized well)?

Can it access YouTube? Is there any SDK available for developers?

Guest said:

I've been using these media players since early 2000's when they are $500 a pop. about a year ago I purchased the ASUS!OPLAY and it's the best thing ever with built in wifi.

Guest said:

Not sure about the WDTV downsizing 1080p content is correct? please check.

This does look good and if it reaches the UK shores at about the £70 mark, say £82 with WIFI then it could be a compelling buy.. I do like the ability to insert a hard **** even with networking. Gigabit WOULD be a lot better as would more memory. Now if B-rad is "incentiviized" to work on their firmware, you could see some real results.

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

Does it work with Windows Media Streaming feature that I use on my PS3? If so, how does it compare? I find fast-forwarding, even on gigabit, gives an error if 10x FF or above on PS3.

Guest said:

Something it did not play are my miniDV files imported as avi files on a harddrrive....

Guest said:

Nanya NT5TU64M16DG-AC is 1 GB DDR2 not 64 MB as you mention on page 4.

Link : http://www.nanya.com/NanyaAdmin/GetFiles.ashx?ID=485

While for Hynix HY27UF082G2B it has 2 GB Capacity

Link : http://www.hynix.com/datasheet/eng/nand/details/large_11_HY2
UF082G2B.jsp?menu1=01&menu2=05&menu3=02&menuNo
1&m=5&s=2

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Steve Steve said:

If you have 16 of them then yes you are right it is 1GB.

Guest said:

My Patriot Box works great,but forget the rebate that they offer.Oh,I did received a MasterCard rebate card,but it never worked from day one.I tried 3 different stores with the same results.

Guest said:

Have it over a year now and it's a good little player... however it has become very noisy and sometimes won't load up properly, which requires a reboot to sort, I've never been able to copy from my Usb memory key to the harddrive though... maybe a firmware update might sort this?

Overall recommended for great value :)

Guest said:

They don't tell you that it won't play some mkv files until you upgrade the firmware. Connecting this to a Windows 7 network to play files is not possible either. What a pain in the ****!

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