Multimedia Player Review: Brite View Cinema Tube Mini (BV-5005HD Mini CT)

So after buying an LCD TV (see previous entry), we felt that we needed a multimedia player to watch High Definition movies.  We were offered a Brite View Cinema Tube Mini (BV-5005HD Mini CT) at a really affordable price of 4,000 php. It is a full 1080p HD media player/streamer/torrent downloader.

We were so excited that we examined it as soon as we went home.

It had only a few components so it was easy to install and use.

Everything looked sturdy enough.  The side is compact with dimensions of 4 X 1.4 X 5.5 inches which makes it very portable .


  • It supports multiple Video formats and multiple Audio formats. 
  • It can play media files off USB and eSATA storage devices (up to 2TB in NTFS, EXT-3, FAT and HFS+) or on computers connected to the same network.
  • It has built in UPnP support!
  • It supports ISO files, so you can navigate the DVD menu and watch your videos like a regular DVD.
  • With built-in bit torrent support, you can share/download media files on the Internet and enjoy them on your TV, PC free.
  • Built-in Flickr support lets you keyword search for pictures allowing you to show off your online albums on the TV.
  • It can decode 1080p video formats in MPEG1, VCD 1.0/2.0,SVCD, MPEG1 (DAT/MPG/MPEG), MPEG2(MPG/MPEG/VOB/ISO/IFO/TS/TP)/M2TS, MPEG4 (MP4/AVI/MOV), DivX 3/4/5/6,Xvid (AVI/MKV),H.264/AVC(TS/AVI/MKV/MOV)/M2TS, VC-1 (TS/AVI/MKV/WMV)/M2TS,WMV9 (WMV), Real Video 8/9/10(RM/RMVB) up to 720p, FLV (M-JPEG:640x480x30,FLV(H.263): 352x288). 
  • Subtitle support includes Unicode (UTF8), Simplified Chinese (GBK), Traditional Chinese (BIG5), Western, Turkish, Central European, Greek, Cyrillic, Hebrew, SE European; "Subtitle Menu" to support "Subtitle Encoding", "Time Sync", "Color", "Size", "Offset" functions.

It had all the feautres we need.  But, when we tried to play a movie, it took a long time before it loads.  It also hangs and lags from time to time.  If we forward or playback, it freezes.  We were so frustrated that we brought it back to the store the next day.