Best Front Row Replacement?

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

  1. OperatorAce macrumors newbie

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    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
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    waw74 macrumors 68030

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    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.
     
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  4. OperatorAce thread starter macrumors newbie

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    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

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    Why bring up such an outdated piece of software? haha
     
  6. martin1000 macrumors regular

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    I don't have it but firecore has an app called mirow
     
  7. alexioklini macrumors newbie

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    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.
     
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    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

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    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

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    Plex (my favourite) or XBMC.
     
  12. Ccrew macrumors 68020

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    You could load Front Row on Lion...
    http://www.mac-hatter.com/blog/frontrowenablerforlion
     
  17. DefenseEngineer macrumors newbie

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    Straight from that website:
     
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  19. Bye Bye Baby macrumors 65816

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    Not any more.
     
  20. sandyjmacdonald macrumors 6502

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    Damn.
     
  21. Benbikeman macrumors 6502a

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    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

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

     

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