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bainesajay
Jun 23, 2010, 05:50 PM
Hey All,

I just thought I would ask for some input with regards to PVR/Video Library.
I would like to think I have tried and built them all. Currently I find Microsofts Media Centre the best. It records well and is very easy to use. I liked Myth for a long time but all the Linux stuff was too much work.

Currently I am using a box I built with some WinTV (Haupage tuners) and running Windows 7. It works great. Only problem is the noise. I am the kind of Mac user who appreciates design and quiet. I can not stand the noise of a computer fan and indulge in the luxury of Apple's thoughtful designs.

So here is my plan. Purchase new Mac Mini, BootCamp Windows 7, Elgato or whatever USB for recording. And extra storage thru NAS.



gkarris
Jun 23, 2010, 09:14 PM
It'll cost you. I guess that a Windows nano-computer is about the same price.

I know of people, when Apple first switched to Intel, that bought a MacBook to run mainly Windows.

bainesajay
Jun 24, 2010, 10:40 PM
I can not think of a os x solution that can do what windows can. Including apple tv / front row.

Tilpots
Jun 24, 2010, 10:49 PM
EyeTV is great for OSX.

bainesajay
Jun 25, 2010, 11:25 AM
is it as good as Windows Media? For example can it record TV and use networked drives for media storage? I have not tried it.

The other thing I love about the MS version how well it works with the MS remote and IR receiver.

ikir
Jun 26, 2010, 04:25 AM
is it as good as Windows Media? For example can it record TV and use networked drives for media storage? I have not tried it.

The other thing I love about the MS version how well it works with the MS remote and IR receiver.

EyeTV is pretty good and naturally you can use network disks....
Don't buy a mini for Windows... it is sad ahahah.

chaos86
Jun 26, 2010, 07:32 AM
If you have some place to hide it (because it will big bigger and uglier), a PC will be cheaper for the same hardware.

Tilpots
Jun 26, 2010, 11:17 AM
is it as good as Windows Media? For example can it record TV and use networked drives for media storage? I have not tried it.

The other thing I love about the MS version how well it works with the MS remote and IR receiver.

Yeah, it's a DVR and records to whatever drive you want. Works great wit the apple remote and you can control it from your iPhone. Check out Plex,too. It completes the htpc experience.

bainesajay
Jun 26, 2010, 01:20 PM
I love how us mac users refer to the new mini as bigger and uglier. You should see the PC have setup right now. I ve spent $50 upgrading it cooler quieter fans. The thing is so big,ugly, and still loud. I am someone who really enjoys quiet. I ll look at eye TV. Any tuners you recommend? I figure USB is the only way to go?

gkarris
Jun 26, 2010, 01:39 PM
^^^ So far, Apple has the best Nano Computer implementation.

All the other manufacturers are either more expensive or use an Intel Atom (with the nVidia Ion, maybe - some still use the GMA950) as their nano platform.

Tilpots
Jun 26, 2010, 05:33 PM
I love how us mac users refer to the new mini as bigger and uglier. You should see the PC have setup right now. I ve spent $50 upgrading it cooler quieter fans. The thing is so big,ugly, and still loud. I am someone who really enjoys quiet. I ll look at eye TV. Any tuners you recommend? I figure USB is the only way to go?

Elgato makes hardware and eyetv software, but other tuners are supported.