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Should I buy an Apple TV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by SeanEE89, Jul 26, 2009.

  1. macrumors regular

    I have a MacBook, and I am looking into getting either an Apple TV or Mac Mini to play movies off of my television. Do I have to save what content I watch on the Apple TV or could I stream it from my MacBook? Also is there any true benefit to get an Apple TV over a Mac Mini aside from it being cheaper?
  2. macrumors 68030


    Get an xbox 360.
  3. macrumors 603

    TwinCities Dan

    Yes, you can stream to it (but your computer must be running). The :apple:TV is very cool but many are thinking/hoping there may be an update in September, if you can wait. ;)
  4. macrumors regular

    I already have a 360. It won't sync with my iTunes though. 360's only sync with Windows Media Player unless you get that one program I dont remember the name of it and even then Idk how well it'd work.
  5. macrumors Nehalem


    ^ Why don't you give some insight into your reasoning behind this giving both the pros and cons of having an XBOX, which you basically have to hack, over an ATV or Mini? :rolleyes:

    SeanEE89, as a former owner of the ATV and now an owner of the Mini being used just as you want to use yours I can say that my reasoning behind selling the ATV and getting the mini was the mini does everything the ATV does and so much more. I don't need to worry about an update breaking something with my hacked ATV. I just find that the possibilities are nearly endless with the Mini over the ATV. Sure, you spend more but you also get an entire computer.
  6. macrumors 68020


    I'm thinking about an AppleTV because I want to be able to buy TV shows and movies through iTunes and play them on the TV, which I can't do with my xbox 360.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    The Mini hands down will give you better performance and functionality as a media server but it does comes at a price. The possibilities as a media server are endless. You can attach a eyeTV and record over the air HD local channels, then put Hulu Desktop to watch hulu.com (and it works with the apple remote). you pretty much could cancel your cable bill.

    I myself have a Apple TV and the most you can do is run Boxee, but very slowly. at times I consider selling it but I really can't let go of it because I watch a lot of HD video podcasts and it's so convenient to stream them instead waiting for iTunes to download new episodes.

    If you want to spend the extra money the Mini would be by far the best way to go but the Apple is still pretty handy if you dont want to spend $700. (or $500 for a refurb)
  8. macrumors regular



    If your planning on using the Atv for exactly what its designed for and not stray too far then I would say yes.

    If down the road you want to spend the time converting movies you own to Atv playable format, yes.
  9. macrumors regular

    I have a good amount of .MKV and some other format I can't remember at the moment and I have not found a decent converter for them that will convert it to a media format that iTunes will recognize. =\ any suggestions or ideas?

    I also heard about plex and it is part of the reason I'm thinking Mac mini, but I can't get the applications that allow Hulu or anything to work on it so I don't know if I really want it for a Mac Mini.
  10. macrumors regular


    I was under the impression plex uses Hulu?
  11. macrumors regular

    Oh it does. I just have been unable to get app that you have to install for it to work.

    Also any ideas for a good converter that'll let me convert MKV into something that'll play on iTunes or anything?
  12. macrumors member


    handbrake, it's the best converter, ever.
  13. macrumors 65816


    WHat's a good setting for .mkv to .m4v with the best quality? For reference, I convert my SD DVDs using the AppleTv preset, CQ bumped up to 63% with this custom string


    File sizes are slightly larger but with storage being so cheap, it really isn't that much of a concern to me
  14. macrumors member


    if you already have an xbox360 dl the demo and give connect360 a shot,

    you can choose a folder (i use Movies) and it streams all the content in that folder to your xbox, it also automatically shares your itunes movies. you can even share off an external hd plugged into your mac if you choose.

    most types of movies can be played instead of just the ones playable in itunes.

    ive used it for awhile and have never had any problems streaming music movies or pictures.
  15. macrumors regular

    I'll check that program out then. I have a PS3 also and I see they have a program for the PS3 so I'll have to check both out. =] see if I can get that up and running on my network.
  16. macrumors regular

    I love my Atv.

    I really enjoy being able to stream my Itunes content to my HD Television downstairs.

    I think the interface is well thought out and easy to use. Setup was easy.

    I might go the Mac mini route in the future, but for now the ATv is great.
  17. macrumors 68020


    OP I say get a Mac Mini and install Plex for play back of 1080p MKV's (if you have any).

    Basically I'm in the get a Mac Mini camp ;)
  18. macrumors 68020


    I am thinking the same thing and leaning towards the 40GB as I will stream most from an external HDD iTunes volume (in the future).

    However, does anyone have any inclination as to whether this product will be updated/new versioned soon?
  19. macrumors 603

    TwinCities Dan

    Many are thinking/hoping there may be an update with the September iPod refresh. ;) :)
  20. macrumors Nehalem


    If it doesn't happen in September then I say it's time for Apple to jump ship. Really.
  21. macrumors 68020


    So its probably not a bad idea to just wait another month or so... I typically don't "wait" for Apple products, when I want it, I want it now. But since I am not too keen and officially decided on the ATv, maybe I can wait :confused:
  22. macrumors 68040

    This isn't a typical Apple product with a yearly cycle. It hasn't been updated in since it's inception three years ago at WWDC.
  23. macrumors 68020


    If your not set on buying it, I'd suggest you wait :) if it isn't up dated get the Mini as it has better playback options.

    Like I said before Mini + Plex = Amazing :D
  24. macrumors 68020


    The mini is 1. too expensive and 2. too many cables - rather just have an HDMI cable and power supply. Boom, done.

    Makes sense.
  25. macrumors 68020


    Pfft, the cable excuse just cracks me up :p but I see your point on the cost side of things.

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