Boxee and Mac Mini = Good Fit? Also thinking Plex

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Wicked1, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. Wicked1 macrumors 68040

    Wicked1

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    I was thinking of installing Boxee and Plex on my Mini HTPC, but not familiar with how well they work.

    2010 mini 2.66 4GB and 500GB SL

    2011 mini Base i5 2.3 4GB and 500GB lion
     
  2. jmcgeejr macrumors 6502

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    Personally I think Plex is the $#!* :), I have a htpc running w7 and xbmc and when i got my apple tv 2, I tried the xbmc client for it but because it does the rendering on the atv2 it wasnt that good for mkv's. So I then tried boxee, hated the UI. So I stumbled upon Plex, and omg let me assure that plex is just amazing, I love being able to use my ipad/iphone/atv2 or mini to play on and then if I stop I can resume on any of my other devices. The UI for plex is very straight forward.
     
  3. Wicked1 thread starter macrumors 68040

    Wicked1

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    I have been hearing good things about Plex, I may try it especially they have an app for the iphone as well. I am just trying to build out my new Mini and one issue I have with an external drive, but I may follow that idea.
     
  4. Stovepiper macrumors member

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    Another huge benefit of Plex over the other streaming options is having a central media library serving the "thin" clients. With XBMC, I have to configure each installation as a stand alone setup. It has to parse, scrape, and download all of my movie and tv show information, download artwork etc. It's a lot of work to do if you have a large collection and want to setup several apple TVs for example.

    With Plex, you set up your library once, in one location (the server) and it's trivial to point the clients to it. If changes or additions need to be made, you make them in one place, the server. This aspect alone makes Plex leaps and bounds more useable for me compared to the other options.
     
  5. floyd000 macrumors newbie

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    I find Plex provides much better performance on my 2010 Mac Mini. Not sure if it's the processor or what but I can't run certain apps on Boxee like Vudu. It's too bad I still cheer for the guys at Boxee but they don't seem to be making much progress.
     

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