Looking for ATV alternative

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mfacey, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. mfacey macrumors 65816

    mfacey

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    Unfortunately, my 3 year old Apple TV 160GB died recently. The culprit is either a faulty disk or a logic board failure. I don't have the means to diagnose either at the moment and don't really want to invest in an old-tech AppleTV anymore.

    So the question now is what I can get as an alternative. I know there is a new AppleTV being rumored with a very low price-point, but if it only covers iTunes formats again, then its a no-go for me.

    What I've found so far:
    Popcorn Hour A-200 or C-200 (http://www.popcornhour.com/onlinestore/index.php?pluginoption=catalog)

    HDX 1000 (http://www.hdx1080.com/where-to-buy...page.ilvm_blue.tpl&product_id=3&category_id=1)

    Both should be natively compatible with MacOS, and support pretty much everything. But both are also no-name brands so I'm worried about quality and finish (Apple products are a tough standard to beat!).

    Does anybody have any experience with these media players? Any other suggestions?

    I've also looked into the new Mac Mini but I'm not going to need a full Mac interface and don't want to deal with a keyboard and mouse setup. Everything needs to work from my Harmony remote.
     
  2. djlutzker macrumors member

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    I've heard that the Popcorn it's a great device. I'll wait until this one is released:

    Boxee Box
     
  3. padapada macrumors regular

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  4. mfacey thread starter macrumors 65816

    mfacey

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    Looks interesting although the thread suggests that it will be US only for now. Plus I'm not so sure about streaming only. I've tried that with my PS3 by have plenty of issues once the files get 500MB+. For some reason it drops the DLNA connection which in turn then causes my iMac to freeze up. Maybe its a MediaLink issue. But playing off an internal disk really is more reliable. Plus I like the idea of Bittorrent and Usenet clients built into the machine.

    I'm getting more and more impressed by the Popcorn Hour C-200. Just the price is putting me off for now.
     

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