older mini; Netflix streaming?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by jmariem, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. jmariem macrumors newbie

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    I have an older Mac mini, model A1176, 2005. I haven't upgraded to OS 10 yet, but I bought a family pack, and I can do that if I need to. Can I use the mini to download Netflix streaming movies? It has a CD slot; can I use it to play DVDs? My tv is also older, just a plain tv (no HD, no blueray) but it has a red-white-yellow port.

    If I can do these things, what do I need to buy, and what do I need to do?

    Thanks for your time.
     
  2. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

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    If it was from 2005, I would assume its a Power PC based mini (the Intel mini was introduced in 2006).

    If it's a PPC mini, no Netflix streaming. The software needed to play Netflix (Microsoft Silverlight) is only for Intel based Macs.

    If all you want is Netflix, look into the new Apple TV. Can't beat the price...
     
  3. jmariem thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    If all you want is Netflix, look into a Roku. Can't beat the price...

    http://www.roku.com/
     
  5. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

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    Even toasters (or was that photo frames?) have Netflix Streaming now...
     

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