I've been cruising around various forums for the past couple of weeks researching and note taking because I have a home theater setup in development that is going to use mainly Apple components due to ease of use and personal preference. I chose to make a new thread because I didn't want to derail some of the others and have some thoughts and questions that a lot of people might find useful. So, here we go... Goals Ditch cable TV and it's $130 a month price tag. (that's what it went up to after my one year discount period ended) Access and sync an extensive library of digital video with most devices in the house Access and sync an extensive library of digital music with most devices in the house Access and sync an extensive library of digital photos with most devices in the house Access streaming media such as Hulu, Netflix, Pandora, and satellite radio Provide backup methods for said libraries plus all computers Implementation Living Room: 09 Mac Mini running Plex+Front Row and a PS3 provide access to streaming media, blu-ray, DVD, digital video, photo, and music libraries for a LCD TV and surround sound system. These I all currently have. Bed Room: When we decide to move the second LCD in (possibly after our move) would like to be able to access mainly video preferably with an Apple TV. Though from what I understand it would have to be synced with a Mac running iTunes whose library will be on the network. Network: Time Capsule to provide backup for 2 Macbooks, one iMac and the network for all of the above. Attached to the TC via ethernet would be some form of Network Attached Storage that will be the central repository for video, music, and photos. Ideally this hardware will have Raid support, eliminating a single point of failure for a content library that will eventually hit 2 TBs or more. Media: Video is/will be either encoded from DVDs we own in a Mac friendly format or bought from the iTunes store. (I finally broke down with the $12.99 Star Trek seasons that are currently available, way cheaper than the DVDs) Music is purchased from Amazon, iTunes, or MP3s that were already part of our library. Discussion Right now I'm in the theory/development stage. My wife and I both have Macbooks and iPhones, a mini was purchased last year to function as a HTPC but I've not really taken the time to take it to it's full potential (which I want to change). The iMac and TC have both been budgeted for so after our move to California (Navy transfer) those will be on their way. I've just started my research with the NAS and figuring out what I'd be looking at cost-wise to be able to achieve my goals. As a side note the iMac is for school and to function as the house desktop, not really part of the whole home theater setup. Establishing an iTunes and iPhoto library on said NAS and having it work across multiple devices seems to be the biggest hurdle. A lot of NAS hardware offers an iTunes Server as a feature which seem to establish a library that is then treated as a shared library by all other devices. Am I correct in assuming that doing it this way we wouldn't be able to sync iPhones/iPods? If so, I guess I would be looking at trying to keep all computers in sync with the central library minus video. Would this have to be done with scripts? I've read of issues with iPhoto libraries on networked storage as well, at least with Plex. Does anyone have any experience with this, syncing multiple Macs with one library? It seems that with the right implementation and hardware I can achieve most of my goals, if not all of them. As I said, the research has begun but I'm still ironing out a lot of the details. Anyone else have this kind of setup and care to offer any suggestions?