Satellite TV on Computer, mac mini as media center questions

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  1. Gator24765 macrumors 6502a

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    Okay so I came across this and wanted to see if anyone ha tried this. I have read some reviews where this is legit. I could get this and cancel my cable bill and it would save me a lot of money. Basically its where you buy the software and download it. From there you can watch cable tv straight from your computer.

    Here is a link with some more info:

    http://www.satellitedirect.com/

    http://www.nodishnetwork.com/


    The ones I am looking at is the first two, Satellite Direct and No Dish Network.


    Also, If I decide to do this and it works well what i would do it buy a cheap computer to use as my media center to connect to my hdtv so that i can watch these channels on my big tv. I would assume that a mac mini would be my best choice.

    My question is all i would be using the mac mini for is to stream this satellite software and possibly netflix. Which mac mini would work best for just being used as a media center and thats it?

    I would like one with hdmi out or minidisplay out because i have the adapter..
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    considering that the website offers zero information about the company or contact info or info on payment options, I would say it is an outright scam.
     
  3. Gator24765 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    I would still call it dubious as far as legality is concerned. I wouldn't touch it.
     
  5. Gator24765 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok regardless of whether its a scam or not, The real question I wanted to know is what is the cheapest mac-mini that would be able to handle streaming video good and one that could hook up to my hdtv??
     
  6. mdgolom macrumors 6502

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    Yes. I have Mac Minis hooked up to both of my big TVs and stream to them all the time without problems. The new Mac Mini has a HDMI port I believe. If you pick up an older one you'll need the adapter (which is what I've done).
     
  7. Gator24765 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Basically Im looking for the cheapest option here. So im obviously going to have to get an older one. I do have a minidisplay to hdmi adapter but i dont mind buying a different one if needed.

    What are the ideal specs for the mac mini if all im going to be using for is streaming videos.
     
  8. Giuly macrumors 68040

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    I can assure you Germany doesn't have 511 Channels - at all. Nor does Italy have 509 Channels, rather 30, or 90 with PayTV.

    Well, they call it TV, but it is rather Chattanooga TV then HBO, Showtime and FOX. I doubt that there are any major TV channels. Nodishnetwork doesn't even have reviews, nor more then 5 hits on Google.

    This is a serious, criminal rip off. Just get an EyeTV and DirecTV or Dish Network - Or that Verizon IPTV stuff, whatever they call it, and whether it works on a Mac.

    Wasn't there a law that the providers have to provide you with a FireWire enabled Receiver upon request? I guess these work with Mac OS X.
     
  9. Zingers macrumors newbie

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    Mr.

    Hey, sorry for bumping! Some guys have told me that satellite direct is really good, but I'd like to know more opinions before committing. [​IMG]
     

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