I wrote previously about a new set top box device that I was looking forward to, the PopBox from Syabas. Upon it initial announcement this little box sounded like it was going to be the great new end-all device for the home theater. Well as we get closer to its imminent release, Syabas has announced that the PopBox’s ship date has been delayed until July 23rd.
Sure. No big deal. What’s an extra month? Well that’s the good news. The bad news is that it won’t be shipping with Netflix support. The final released product will be “limited” to most of the common internet streaming content providers.
Straight from the PopBox blog:
“In terms of Apps – at launch the box will contain the following Apps that can be installed:
Funspot Games Picassa Livestation YouTube Blip.tv Next New Networks Channels.com Photobucket Twitter ShoutCast Weatherbug Revision3 MediaFly Clicker Video Detective MotorzTV”
Now, Netflix support is not entirely ruled out. There is nothing to say that it won’t be released at a later time. It just won’t be supported at the product launch and there is no confirmed timeline for expecting it. Although I would love to get my hands on one for testing, as it stands, I’m starting to wonder what, if anything, the new PopBox is going to offer over any of the number of already existing devices or even a basic HTPC.