Best Front Row Replacement?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by OperatorAce, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. OperatorAce macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2011
    I've been trying to find a replacement for Front Row, especially considering Lion will not have Front Row. I love the way I can browse files with Front Row.

    What's the best replacement for Front Row?
  2. waw74, Mar 6, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2011

    waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    the only thing i've seen about this is it's not in the first developer version, there's a good chance it might be in, or a replacement added, like being built into an iTunes version that isn't out yet, but will be by the time lion comes out.

    or Steve will be an ass, and make you purchase an :apple:TV.

    if your media doesn't have DRM (most stuff from the iTunes store has DRM) look into Plex or XBMC.
    if your media is purchased from iTunes, your pretty much stuck with an apple way to play it.
  3. Omne666 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
  4. OperatorAce thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2011
    I already have an :apple: TV :) But for those times I want to watch stuff with the girlfriend in private in my room ( I share an apartment with a friend) I'd like to have that experience on my 27" iMac.
  5. OperatorAce thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2011
    Why bring up such an outdated piece of software? haha
  6. martin1000 macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2005
    Washington, D.C.
    I don't have it but firecore has an app called mirow
  7. alexioklini macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2011
    If you do not have drm content then you can use xbmc with the xtv skin.
    This makes it a very close replacement in terms of features and gui.
  8. levifig macrumors member


    Jan 30, 2008
    Ames, IA
  9. ayzee macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2008
    Thanks for this. It may help me get over the fact that frontrow will be no more in lion!

    My hope is that iTunes is completely rewritten for lion, and the fullscreen feature allows it to replicate frontrow with a remote.

    I found plex a little over complicated when I tried it a year ago. I just love the simplicity of frontrow, but it's badly in need of an update.

    In xmbc can you customise the categories & order your movies display in? E.g by genre. Or sorted by release date.
  10. platypus63 macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2006
    Zanzibar Land
    Once set-up Plex is awesome. Can dial into different channels besides personal media, such as Netflix, PBS, Daily Show, South Park, etc.
  11. ZilogZ80 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 5, 2010
    Plex (my favourite) or XBMC.
  12. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011
    Yes... The normal parameters like Genre and such are built in. Rest can be done with filters. Start delving too much under the hood though and need to be fairly proficient with XML.
  13. Omne666 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    LOL....but it exists, and Front Row wont.

    Also...Centre stage dates how long its been since I became a ATV convert!!
  14. jkuhns macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2010
    Transfer frontrow

    As a user of front row, mirow, understudy and pyetv. I am hoping I will be able to copy the front row frameworks to lion, after all it ultimately is just an app. Or maybe, just maybe, steve has something fantastic in store for us.
  15. sandbites macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2011
    frontrow replacement for Lion

    Guys i just tried Plex, its a little slow for me
    tried XBMC can't make the volume work for the apple remote (i use it with the iMac 2011).
    Squire.. its still in beta so no music
    Any suggestions
  16. astrorider macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2008
    You could load Front Row on Lion...
  17. DefenseEngineer macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2004
    Straight from that website:
  18. sandyjmacdonald macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2009
  19. Bye Bye Baby macrumors 65816

    Bye Bye Baby

    Sep 15, 2004
    i(am in the)cloud
    Not any more.
  20. sandyjmacdonald macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2009
  21. Benbikeman macrumors 6502a


    May 17, 2011
    London, England
    Both Plex and XBMC are painfully slow if you have a reasonable amount of music (I have 16,500 tracks and both are essentially unusable).

    iTunes in full-screen mode is a good match for music, but not for movies.
  22. Fofer macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2002
    miRow is an enhancer for Front Row, not a replacement:


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