New Mac Mini as HTPC Windows 7 or OS X

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  1. thesheleys, Mar 4, 2013
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    thesheleys macrumors member

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    I will be getting a new Mac Mini on Tuesday and want to use it just for the purpose of recording TV Shows from my HDHomeRun and converting them to iTunes format for my AppleTV's. I am looking on thoughts of which will be better...

    1. Windows 7 Media Center

    2. OS X with EyeTV

    I already have all the licenses for either way so any thoughts either way would be great.

    Thanks!
     
  2. justperry macrumors 604

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    My choice would be the OS X way, overall a better experience, there are Apps similar to the Windows software, like XBMC, MediaCentral, plex and Boxee aside from eyeTV.

    Just a question, how are you going to input the signal from TV to the Mini, I have a Mini Myself, would like to know how you do this.
     
  3. thesheleys thread starter macrumors member

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    I will be using a HDHomeRun that is on my network. I currently have it setup to record on an iMac with EyeTV and so far it works well.
     
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    But, what eyeTV, I want to know the hardware, are you using a HDTV USB stick or a converter which converts/inputs the TV signal into the Mini.
     
  5. thesheleys thread starter macrumors member

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    I am not using any EyeTV Hardware. I am using an HDHomeRun, http://www.silicondust.com/products/hdhomerun/atsc/, with the EyeTV Software.
     
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    Ah, I see, I thought it was a channel or provider, seems to be quite good hardware, there are other brands which charge an arm and a leg for a small USB HDTV dongle.
     
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    Another thought would be XBMC Frodo with the built in PVR. Anybody get that working on OS X?
     
  8. brendu macrumors 68020

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    If you are looking at windows, I feel like windows 8 is a much better choice for a HTPC. I tried it out and the live tile start screen and full screen apps are very nice.

    I prefer osx to windows but for a HTPC I really like the look and feel of windows 8.
     

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