*Newbie alert!* Setting up a mini as home theater

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by westo, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2009
    Hi all-
    please forgive my ignorance. I have read many articles/postings regarding setting up a mini for use as a home theater but honestly some of what I read goes right over my head!

    In short, I am purchasing a mac mini to replace my cable box/DVD player. I don't watch a boat-load of live TV, but I have two little munchkins who need their fix of curious george et al. I have been ripping my DVD's and getting other content through dubious methods and got the blessing of the wife for making the move.

    Can anyone point to a somewhat simple article/posting that could help me get set up on the basics?

  2. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    To be honest a simple search here will give you a great deal of info. While you can find a guide, you're likely going to have to read.

    Here is the search string and happy reading.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2009
  4. macrumors 603


    Aug 1, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    Also look at Plex which is a great media center for OSX. There's tons of info on their site including video tutorials on how to set it up and ingest your library of movies and tv shows.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    May 13, 2008
    If you aren't cancelling your cable service, you should definitely look into adding a TV tuner (maybe something from Elgato) onto your mini so that you could at least get basic live cable stations. Not sure which stations Curious George is on but that might help! You'd also get dvr capabilities that way, I really like having mine :)

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