Mac Mini --> Apple TV

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jota73, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. jota73 macrumors 6502

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    Guys,

    Will I be able to make a Mac mini work the same as an Apple TV?
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    If by "same" you mean "use Front Row for a small subset of the features", then yes.
     
  3. jota73 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ok that will work, but as I have owned an Apple TV, what other things will I be missing if I decide to go with the mac mini?
     
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    The ability to rent HD movies, Flickr and associated site integrations...

    A bit, but you'll gain full OS X.
     
  5. jota73 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    but if I use itunes instead, I will be able to rent movies and all that other stuff, huh?

    Am I wrong?
     
  6. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Not HD movies, but you're not missing much with iTunes' 720p.
     
  7. brand macrumors 601

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    You will be able to play/watch your media through Front Row and iTunes on the Mac Mini but menu and general design of the interface is different and not like the Apple TV at all. The AppleTV uses HDMI which creates a HDCP connection to your TV, not sure but I don't think you can create a HDCP connection between your Mac Mini and TV. Just something to remember when planning for HD content.
     
  8. Digitalflick macrumors regular

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    He can do DVI to HDMI.
     
  9. fanbrain macrumors 6502

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    If I could do it again, I would have purchased a Mini instead of the ATV. The ATV is too crippled to me. I have it hooked up to my projector. I don't rent movies from the iTunes music store, I rarely stream movies from my Mac. I have Boxee installed on the ATV, but it can easily be installed on a Mini. I would rather have the functionality of a full OSX machine rather than a crippled interface of the ATV.

    As far as HDMI, just use a DVI to HDMI coverter. I have a drawer full of them. diNovo Mini from Logitech and you are set.

    I'm sure there are many many threads about this same subject. Have a look around.
     
  10. brand macrumors 601

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    That's correct but that doesn't necessarily mean that the HDCP connection will be able to be made between the devices.
     
  11. iknowyourider macrumors 6502a

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    Has anyone had experience using one of these with a Mac mini? I think I would use this. A lot of times I just don't use my Mac mini because I have to go to the TV console to get the KB & mouse.
     

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