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rotarypower101
Jun 20, 2009, 08:24 PM
Hey guys, wondering if anyone has run the TV software on a macmini/other hardware before, and can give any input if it works better having bigger faster hardware to backup the TV interface?

Has anyone from experience been able to discern whether or not the TV hardware has anything to do with lag and slow responsiveness of the interface?
We have 3 TVs so I am very familiar with the TVs shortcomings, I would like to explore the possibility that it is mainly a hardware issue.

Or is it really software and/or networking problems at the heart of the TVs issues?

Is it worth a try to run TV software in this manor, or has it been tested in this way and still found to be wanting?

And while front row is nice, once you have used TV interface enough to appreciate the finites of the refinement, there is no comparison for how much more pleasurable TVs interface is to use than front row....well when it works properly that is.

Anyone have a link to tutorials that were better examples to follow, or tips to make it run smooth and correctly?

Any tips you can pass along now that you have yours up and running and did not know about until later?



Cave Man
Jun 20, 2009, 08:51 PM
You can get a freeware app that runs it on a Mac with 10.4.9 or higher, but not on a 10.5 box because of the audio chip.

rotarypower101
Jun 20, 2009, 09:47 PM
Oh cool! What is the freeware app called? I've googled and come up empty.

Cave Man
Jun 20, 2009, 09:59 PM
Here (http://www.macgeekblog.com/blog/archive/2008/03/25/atv4mac-1-2-available-2.html).

Bye Bye Baby
Jun 21, 2009, 03:39 AM
Would be good if they could get it to work under Leopard. I would love that on a mini.

Does it access the iTunes store? That is what FrontRow is missing- you can't get movie rentals from the mini through it.

speakerwizard
Jun 21, 2009, 04:43 AM
my understanding was it wouldnt work under leopard because the base of the appletv is still tiger, maybe when a significant appletv update comes.

chugs
Jun 21, 2009, 12:00 PM
Why not run plex, it's a lot more slick than front row, can organize your native files, and you can access hulu/joost/cnn/youtube etc. as well through it for streaming content.