Resolved Would Apple TV be right for my needs?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by gsugolfer, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. gsugolfer, Feb 17, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2013

    macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2010
    Georgia, USA
    I'd like to set up a web-connected, low-cost home media center I'd originally considered something like a Raspberry Pi, due to the convenience of basically having a small computer connected to the TV. That looks like it won't work due to Netflix not functioning on it (so I've read online).

    Here's what I'd like to do:
    1. Stream sports events from a website. My college football team streams all their events (baseball, basketball, football, etc) on their website.
    2. Stream ESPN3 to the TV
    3. Watch movies and TV shows on Netflix
    4. Have the capability to play music stored online
  2. macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire
    Why not a Mac Mini ?
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2010
    Georgia, USA
    Because it's $599. Not intending to sound snarky, but that really is the reason.

    An Acer Chromebook ($199) would be the route that I went if I chose to go with a computer, but I'd prefer not to go that route.
  4. macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2012
    Your out of luck on the sports streaming (both live and ESPN) with an aTV.
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2010
    Georgia, USA
    Thanks. Guess it won't work for me.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2008
    Do you have a mac or pc?

    This MAY be possible using XBMC. Google around and see if there is an XBMC plugin for watching your particular college teams streaming games. XBMC can only run on a jailbroken ATV2, which is now only available used. (Currently selling on ebay for $200-$300)

    Alternately you could just set up the stream on your mac, iphone, or iPad, and then airplay mirror it to the apple tv. You could do this one either an ATV2 or an ATV3, which is the current model and available from Apple for as little as $85 refurbished.

    I know there is an ESPN3 plugin for XBMC. I have it installed on my jailbroken ATV2. I haven't tested/used that plugin in over a year, but it worked ok back then.

    For ATV3, Airplay mirroring is your option.

    You can do this with any ATV. It's a built-in app.

    This depends on WHERE you have it stored online.
    iTunes? Yes using iTunes Match (and I've heard this has recently been enabled for music for "iTunes in the Cloud". I haven't tested this yet though.)
    Amazon/google, etc.? Not, unless there is an XBMC plugin to do that.

    Again, though, if you can access that online-stored music via an iphone, ipad, or mac, you can airplay that music to the ATV2 or ATV3 no problem. The only down side of that is you are tasking your second device.
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2010
    Georgia, USA
    There is always the option of mirroring my phone, but I'd like to have it available to use if I wanted.

    As for Mac or PC, we're a PC household. My wife uses a PC exclusively, and I have one collecting dust that was retired for a Chromebook.
  8. macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    Just grab a 2009 Mini. They are about the same price second hand, and much more versatile.
    A Mini 2009 supports:
    BR-Playback with a 20€ USB powered BR drive (it is powerful enough to run it smooth).
    DVB-tuner compatibility for free-to-air stations
    24p output to compatible displays
    XBMC support with decent high-bitrate MKV decoding of 1080p files
    It runs all the emulators and games
    It runs all normal apps, for example internet browsers
    Gigabit ethernet for fast movie transfers

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