Apple Tv Vs Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by lc25, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. lc25 macrumors 6502

    Jul 31, 2009
    I currently have a readynas 1100 in my loft which has got 8tb worth of storage currently filled with dvd's and tv shows, I have a poly macbook from 2007 and a macbook pro ( only a few months old ) currently all my music for itunes is on the pro as i need to take it with me and i just share it through itunes on the poly mac which is connected my amp and tv set up so all music and films run through that. I want to take the poly mac out of the equation and simply pull music from the pro and video from the readynas in my loft. Can someone shed some light onto what would be the best way for this to happen ?, the way i understand it is i have to leave my pro on for apple tv to work ?. What i do like about the apple tv is the interface is just like a vast library of covers making navigation very nice but is it the most practical ? i don't mind having my pro online all the time as it would be anyways for most of the day only goes off at night when i wouldn't be using apple tv. Any idea's welcome

    Thanks in advance Lc
  2. MagpieX macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2009
    I would get the apple TV and then use a Patchstick on it, this should allow you to connect a HDD to play media or to load media from a network location IE your NAS.
  3. dekinseattle macrumors newbie

    Dec 24, 2009
    either works - I have both at the house myself - mainly since I dropped my cable DVR box and bought EyeTV and Mini to replace it - I use Plex on the Mini for all my rips (movies/TV Shows) and it has a simple navagation of movie posters - the upside with Plex is you just load the file in to the directory that Plex is set to for say Movies and it goes out and scrubs for all the IMBD information, movie posters and fan art (where as for rip in iTunes I was having to go find this info) ... personally I perfer Plex over :apple:TV for ease of use - once I got it all set up it has been easy to maintain - Plex can use TheTVDatebase for TV Show titles - I just have to name the file - TVShow S01E01 and so on and it does all the rest for me ... REALLY SWEET!!! - heck the interface even plays a bunch of the show's themes ... really impressive for showing off to friends

    now I just use :apple:TV to stream my iTunes content (which Plex could do with a app add in I believe - I just chose not to go this direction since I have the :apple:TV device on hand already)
  4. srexy macrumors 6502a

    Nov 19, 2006
    If you don't mind hacking your :apple:tv you can get XBMC to do all of the scraping/sorting stuff that Plex does also. The biggest drawback to the :apple:TV is its inability to play most HD content without a significant amount of hacking/hardware upgrading.

    If you're interested in any kind of "future-proofing" (as limited as this really is) a Mini (or for the price of an :apple:tv, the Acer Aspire Revo) might be a better bet.
  5. dekinseattle macrumors newbie

    Dec 24, 2009
    I admit - I took the easiest path ... I seriously thought about hacking the :apple:TV with some option from the web (not AppleFlash - that I might have gone for!!) but opted to go the easy way esp since I knew too I would be upgrading my external harddrive option - so I just bit the bullet and went Mini ... SWEET set up so very happy I did!!!

    Too I use the Mini as a DVR which I so prefer over the Motorola unit from my cable provider
  6. srexy macrumors 6502a

    Nov 19, 2006
    Sorry for the thread hijack but what do you use for your DVR tuner & software? What's the best forum to find out about all of this?
  7. ReggaeFire macrumors 6502

    Mar 19, 2003
    I think the vast majority of people using Mini's (such as myself) use EyeTV as their DVR software. It's also possible to use it as a MythTV frontend or to boot it into Windows and use something like WMC or Sage.
  8. HE15MAN macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2009
    Florida's Treasure Coast
    The way I looked at it, there is nothing the Apple TV can do that the Mac Mini cannot..But there are many things the Mini can do that the Apple TV cannot..

    I bought the Mini and run Plex and it has been great. Next is adding a Hauppauge HD PVR !
  9. dekinseattle macrumors newbie

    Dec 24, 2009
    I'm using EyeTV from Elgato - just the little Hybrid USB stick - works great with the included software - I'm using a digital over the air antenna but cable could easily be used instead - getting HD over the air broadcasts here in Seattle no problem - and no cable bill!! - this purchase comes with a 1-year script to a TV guide service that I'll renew next year - allows for point and click recording set up and works with the Harmony Remote
  10. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    The Apple TV has 3 audio-out ports, the Mini just has one.
  11. Eclipse278 macrumors regular

    Jan 21, 2007
    The mac mini also can't be found for $150ish

    With rtorrent and xbmc, i can't live without my appletv anymore :D
  12. srexy macrumors 6502a

    Nov 19, 2006
    Is the EyeTV forum over at the EyeTV lounge the best place to compare setups?
  13. macadam212 macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2007
    Sorry but doesn't the Mac Mini run Snow Leopard, an OS that requires a keyboard and mouse? Surely it takes longer to boot up than an AppleTV. I also don't remember seeing ports like HDMI, Component video and Optical audio on a Mac Mini. Also the Apple TV looks far more advanced than Front Row.
  14. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    The Mini does have optical audio out. And FR on the ATV is indeed better than FR on the Mac. When my ATV was on the fritz I ran a Mini in its place for a couple of days. The ATV's interface is much more "family friendly" than is FR, Plex or XBMC on the Mini. I just wish Apple would update its hardware. I'd buy one on the first day.
  15. randy98mtu macrumors 65816


    Mar 4, 2009
    Depends on your setup. I just bought my mini last week. I set it up on the kitchen counter with a monitor, keyboard and mouse. After 15 minutes I had done the "initial setup" and went in and turned on screen sharing. Then I plugged it in next to the TV (I didn't have my MiniDisplay Port to HDMI adapter yet) and turned it on. Walked over to my iMac, opened screen sharing and continued setting up my Mini. There was nothing but a power cable running to it and the machine booted and ran just fine. The only down side is you need another Mac. Now that I've got my adapter, I just use the Apple Remote to control Plex. You can either leave Plex running or use something like Rowmote to launch it from your iPhone when you want to use it.

    On the other hand, I had been considering an iPad to replace one of our Dell laptops when one dies. Now I'm going to get a MacBook since I can hop onto either of my other computers from my laptop then if I want to make adjustments or check something from the couch that is on another computer.

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