Hands-on with the Brite-View CinemaCube HD multi-media player, BitTorrent downloader


At $90, Brite-View’s CinemaCube appears to be a viable BitTorrent downloader for the home theater, but my first few minutes with it were an exercise in futility. Testing the other features of the CinemaCube seems pointless if I can’t get the BitTorrent client to work, IMO. That’s not to say I didn’t get it to work, but it shouldn’t be as difficult as it is. Consider this a rant, but I’ll do my best to keep a level head about it. Once I’ve worked all the kinks out I’ll have a full review, but until then…you get the point.

-Constantly unmounts the external drive or goes into some random sleep mode forcing me to pull and plug the drive.
-Music cannot be played in the background.
-Torrent files must be downloaded to a thumb drive and then onto the CinemaCube.
-No built-in browser to directly download torrents to the external drive.
-The filing system is all sorts of batsh*t crazy.
-Why cover the two USB ports with a huge plastic flap?
-With no hard drive, why is it so big?

-The price: $90.
-Max resolution of 1280×720.
-Variety of outputs: HDMI, Component, Composite, S-video, optical.

Mixed Bag
-NTFS formatted external drives. NTFS-3G is an easy remedy for any Mac user without access to a Windows machine, though.
-UI: It’s definitely not the worst, but it’s no AppleTV or something along those lines.

So far I’ve managed to successfully download an music album, but the jury is out when it comes to downloading videos.

CinemaCube [Brite-View]