Alternatives to Apple TV or a HTPC?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by jrm27, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. jrm27 macrumors 6502

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    Hi all:

    I've long wanted to put together a HTPC and have been prepping by converting my video library to digital using handbrake for some time now. I keep everything on a small external hard drive that I take with me when I travel to watch on my netbook. I'd love to be abel to watch these movies on my home TV.

    here's the catch, I don't really have the need for an apple tv or a full on HTPC. I don't even have internet at my house, so the benefits seem to be outweighed by the cost. Does anyone know of any alternatives?

    I've been looking at things such as the Western Digital HD TV Live. But am wondering what else might be out there, and what you all think.

    I'm basically looking or soemthing that will let me watch my converted movies, maybe listen to some music, etc.. In the future I may end up with internet at the house, but its not really on my radar at the moment, so streaming, itunes purchasing/renting, etc... really isn't at the top of my list. Thoughts? Thanks!

    -jon
     
  2. BORIStheBLADE macrumors regular

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    It sounds like what you want is a media streamer.
    What you need to figure out is if you want one with a built in HD so you don't need to run a computer in the background serving the files.

    They're are a lot of options it just depends on how you want to store your files.
     
  3. jrm27 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks Boris,

    Cool, now that I know the term I can start researching more effectively. I'd rather have something that was a standalone piece of gear so I didn't always have to have my computer on.... suggestions?
     
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