Apple TV (New) to replace Unibody Mac Mini w/ Plex?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by redrox5, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. redrox5 macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2009
    I have a hefty collection of 720p/1080p content that I've ripped into mkv containers. Obviously these will not play on the new Apple TV. Is anyone else in this situation? I bought a new Apple TV just to play around with it, the Netflix integration is top notch and Airplay seems awesome. Does it seem like a good idea to start converting all of my content to 720p (able to be played on iPhone 4/iPad as well) and starting to stream that onto the Apple TV?
  2. JimKirk macrumors 6502

    Oct 6, 2009
    No mini with plex does so much more.

    I have both.

    ATV is limited until JB.
  3. gilford macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2010
    If you want to waste your life encoding all the 1080p BD's to work on the ATV go ahead, personally I wouldn't bother, I'm sticking with my mini :cool:
  4. OmegaRed1723 macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2009
    The Waste
    I would hold off on that front for the time being, for a couple reasons. First, in November AirPlay will go live with audio and video streaming. This will allow for streaming video from say Plex, Klexi, AirVideo, or VLC to the :apple:TV. This isn't the most elegant solution, as you'll have to have your mini on to stream the transcoded picture to your iDevice, which in turn will stream to the :apple:TV. In the short turn, however, it'll work.

    In the long run, jailbreaking is key. The device was officially jailbroken yesterday, and it won't be long until someone produces an app that will take the middlemen (iPhone/iPad) out of the equation, allowing us to stream anything directly to the :apple:TV. And since the device is actually capable of decoding 1080p (there are other discussions going on about this), your mini may not even have to live-transcode the media.
  5. newagemac macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    My thing is I'm going to want my content to be available on the iPhone and iPad as well and since they handle 720p too you might as well just do one encoding to 720p and be done with it. Use your MKV files as an archive and backup and just put the discs away somewhere.

    That's the beauty of the A4 being shared among the Apple TV and all the other iOS devices. You encode to 720p once and you know it will play anywhere. But like OmegaRed1723 said, when Airplay for video comes in November, you should be able to watch your MKVs without encoding at all with apps like Air Video and jailbreaking could put those kinds of apps directly on the Apple TV.

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