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Old Jan 2, 2013, 08:19 AM   #1
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Cutting Cable: Mac Mini or Apple TV?


I would like to cut our $150/month cable bill by using either a Mac Mini or Apple TV. I've got a 52" Sony HDTV. (Also, I have an OTA antenna, and we don't need DVR capabilities.)

My concern is the Apple TV lacks a browser and inability to add apps from which to stream live and delayed content. (For example, I like F1 racing, and it will be live streamed online this season, but through an NBC app or through a browser.)

My concern with a Mac Mini is that, in addition to the cost, I'd have to buy a keyboard and mouse to make it function. Does Apple Remote work on this? Can I have an Apple TV-like set-up with a Mac Mini? Also, if I'm watching something on a browser on a Mac Mini, will it appear on my TV in HD-quality? (My internet will be wired and I'll use HDMI.) For example, will watching Netflix through Firefox appear in HD as if it were running through the Apple TV app? My TV essentially becomes a monitor--does that make a difference?

Any other thoughts on which product might be best?
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