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OrangeSVTguy
Sep 7, 2010, 05:50 PM
So I'm looking at the new AppleTV and was considering getting it but I'm not sure it would replace my Mac Mini as I wouldn't have no way to watch Blu-ray movies.

Will the new AppleTV be able to stream all my media? I'm not really concerned with hard drive space since I hate having multiple copies of the same movie unless it's on a time machine backup lol.

I even thought about just buying a 40gb ATV if I need the storage.



BoulderBum
Sep 7, 2010, 06:21 PM
You'll be able to stream media from your computer as long as iTunes is running and everything is set up so Apple TV and your computer see each other. The option to view content from your computer is buried in a new, de-emphasized menu, however.

Moomba
Sep 7, 2010, 06:21 PM
More like get a Mac Mini to replace an Apple TV. While, I can see some benefit to the new ATV overall I find it even less useful than the previous generation. I could see it being useful as a media expander to a room, but I just don't see it being the convergence device Apple wants.

darkgroove
Sep 7, 2010, 10:03 PM
The Mac mini is a full computer and can do everything either Apple TV could do and about 1000 other things.

Get a Mac mini.

BoulderBum
Sep 7, 2010, 10:47 PM
On paper the Mac Mini can do more things, but it's less usable of a TV experience. Apple TV's interface is simpler, more focused on a viewing experience vs. being general purpose, it's 100% controllable with a universal remote and costs $99 vs. more than $800 minimum after buying the wireless keyboard and mouse.

I agree with Steve Jobs. Most people don't want a computer hooked up to their TV.

darkgroove
Sep 7, 2010, 11:00 PM
Until you have tried it, you have no idea what you are missing. Check this video out to get an idea of what you can do with a Mac mini connected to a TV.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2mVY-SnyB4