Cloud Media is mostly known for their Linux based Pop Corn Hour media players. but recently they started offered a free media player called FreeOTT via ISPs or Facebook giveaways. This little box gives direct access to online video channels. I reviewed FreeOTT a few months ago, and found the interface to be sluggish (possibly because of my Internet connection), audio was not working on my TV. So overall not a very good experience from my side, but they’ve upgraded the firmware with features like Miracast, DLNA, and “iOSCast” (Airplay?), possible improving performance, and recently added CCTV 1 to 15, except CCTV 4, to the list of channels. FreeOTT was difficult to source since you can only get it for free, so the company has just launched 1OTT player based on what appears to be the same hardware platform, but with a larger enclosure.
- Media Processor – Cavium CELESTIAL CNC1800L ARM11 @ 640 MHz
- System Memory – 256MB DDR3
- Storage – 256MB Flash + microSD card slot
- Video Output – HDMI Output (1080p), Composite A/V Output
- Connectivity – 802.11n Wi-Fi, 10/100 Ethernet
- USB – Micro USB for power
- Streaming Protocols – Adobe RTMP, HTTP, MMS/RTSP, HTTP LIVE STREAMING (HLS), SopCast
- Supported DRM – HDCP Over HDMI, AES-128 Bit HLS Encryption
- Dimension – 123mm (L) x 100mm (W) x 25mm (H)
- Weight – 120g
1OTT Player comes with a micro USB cable, a USB to Power adapter, a remote control, 2x AAA batteries, and a Quick Start Guide. The device runs Linux, and the user interface is built on top of Adobe Flash Lite (Stagecraft 1.2) which may explain the sluggishness I experienced with the free version of the player.
This device is quite different from XBMC and/or Android set-top boxes I usually feature in this blog, as it’s mainly an Internet video player, getting channels from known online sources, and I understand the only way to play local videos is to connect it to a Plex Media Server.
The key media features of 1OTT player are listed as follows:
- Social TV – Direct SopCast link over Facebook and Twitter
- CIBN TV Channels – Over 50 Live TV channels and VODs from China International Broadcast Network available anywhere in the world
- Support for PLEX Media Server
- iOSCast, DLNA and Miracast support
- Education TV channels – Over 10,000 free videos from sources like TED, Khan Academy, and universities such as Tsinghua, Peking, Harvard, and Yale.
- Private Apps – Get more free and premium video and audio contents from private app developers. Check the developer website if you are interested in bringing apps to Cloud Media OTT platform
- Premium Content Apps – Kartina TV for Russian Expat, Polsky TV for Polish Expat, Umedia for Chinese Expat, HDZone for Vietnamese Expat, Online TVRecorder for German Expat, etc.. There’s also some premium adult content that needs to be managed via parental controls.
Last time I tried in FreeOTT I could also access YouTube, Russia Today, Revision3, SoundCloud, CBS and more as shown in the picture below.
There’s also $25 international express shipping fee, for a total discounted price of $94, which seems pretty expensive for this type of hardware. [Update: the company has now added free international shipping option with Hong Kong Post registered mail, and reduced expedited shipping to $15]. There’s also no subscription to watch most TV channels.
Visit Cloud Media’s 1OTT page for details.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
6 Replies to “Cloud Media 1OTT Internet Media Player Runs Linux on Cavium ARM11 SoC”
1) are there apps that provide similar access to internet tv for Android?
2) I wonder how good a replacement the free channels could be for cables subscriptions with their bloated channel lineups full off appalling crap? (reality shows + 20mins adverts/hour argh!) Whaddya think CNX, will you be chucking out the cable box? :p
1) You have Plex, YouTube, and maybe other, but one users reported there’s “No Netflix. No Hulu. No Amazon. No PlayOn”. These companies could develop private apps for services if the device becomes popular.
2) I don’t even watch TV… But if I did, where I live, I would just use the free channels available via Satellite. There are over 100 channels, the only thing you really need to pay for here are sports channels. The other problem I have is that my Internet connection, or rather the connection to the server, is often not good enough, so it will buffer all the time. That’s one the of problems I had with FreeOTT. That’s why cable or satellite still provide a better solution to watch TV. It’s not specific to the streams from Cloud Media, as I’m still watching YouTube in 360p or 240p resolution, and still get buffering issues. Anyway, even if everything worked fine, there’s no definite answer to this question. Ditching or not ditching (paid) cable is a local problem, and even an individual decision, because it depends on which country you live, and what you like to watch.
The 1OTT device and its app appear to me to be an Asian variation on the Roku theme, although the CloudMedia web site reports the device supports Miracast through an add-on app, with support for Samsung AllCast coming soon.
The US$69 price includes shipping charges, so it’s not drastically overpriced for its features.
Nice, they’ve added free international shipping, and reduced the price for expedited shipping. I’ll update the post.
Tvb series not able to watch, can you pls check why? Server problem or recording failure?
You’re asking the wrong place. Try to ask Cloud media.