Apple tv alternative?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by iowamensan, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    First, don't thrash me for looking for something other than an apple tv on an apple tv board. I have an apple tv, it gets used daily, and i love it. However, I'm going to be camping in the infield at talladega speedway next month and my friends rv has a tv with only composite inputs. I would love to buy the new apple tv, and probably will anyway but i won't be able to use my old one in the rv. Im looking at being able to put a good number of my movies on an external, plug that into a device to play them on the tv. Ive been looking at the WD HD TV device, and I think it will do what i want it to. They have a mini version but from what i gather it can't play H264 movies and mp4s. All of my movies are encoded using the handbrake apple tv setting, so i don't think it will play them from my limited knowledge of video formats.

    I'm just looking for some advice on what the best device would be for what i want it to do, and I don't really want to spend a bunch of money because it might only be used for this trip. If it does streaming from a wireless connection a la apple tv, I might continue to use it, but the device i see with that feature cost considerably more. There is a reconditioned WD HD TV on amazon for 56 bucks. If that device will work for what I am looking for, that might be the best bet.

    Anyone have any experience with other digital media devices?
    Thanks,
    Geoff
     
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    The WD TV Live is a GREAT product! Short of a Mac Mini it plays everything you throw at it and handles various audio formats too. I've had one for about a year now and highly recommend it.
     
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    rprebel

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    Oops, guess I should have read those myself. I have heard good things about WD TV.
     
  6. macrumors regular

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    Some Internet rumblings have been saying the Google TV will come out in October...just my $.02
     
  7. macrumors 6502

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    You will if you hack it. I have an AppleTV I've been using with my standard def composite video only TV.

    Amorya
     
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    If you already have a lappy computer you could use your current :apple:TV and your laptop computer. Store what movies won't fit on your :apple:TV on your Laptop and stream them to the :apple:TV. You could also use an external HDD with your laptop if you can't get all of the movies onto your laptop.
     
  9. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I ordered a refurb WD TV for $35 from eCost... sounds like that is my best option. Thanks for all the advice!
     

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