Streaming Video Recommendation

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by bielen, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. bielen macrumors regular

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    New Jersey
    #1
    I'm looking to purchase an Apple TV and want to pair it with a device that I can stream. I've been researching various NAS units, but cannot find anything that will stream to the AppleTV as iTunes needs to be running.

    I found the HP MediaSmart servers which seem to do what I want? Would a Mac Mini with an external RAID be a better option albeit more costly?

    Basically I want to stream DVDs and content stored on hard drive that I originally shot with a camcorder?

    My other final thought is to purchase a 160GB AppleTV and just transfer the content to the AppleTV and be done for now. I can always upgrade if Apple comes up with a true media server in the future.

    Any thoughts or recommendations?

    Thanks

    Mike
     
  2. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

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    #2
    get a 40 gb Apple TV and upgrade the drive yourself.
     
  3. mr1970 macrumors member

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    It all depends on your budget. Personally I'd avoid upgrading the ATV hard drive and get something else to act as a server.

    I got a bargain on a Gigabit Ethernet G4 tower running Tiger on eBay, added a Sonnet PCI card and 2 x Western Digital Black 1TB drives, set them to mirror using Disk Utility and now have a robust server which has all the space I'm likely to need for a couple of years. It also functions as a print server and occasional internet terminal, and has a firewire hard drive hanging off the back which is partitioned to hold Time Machine backups for my laptop and my wife's. Next step is to get VNC running so that I can administer it remotely where necessary.

    It streams video perfectly well over a home powerline network - never had a glitch.

    It's also the nicest machine I've ever worked on - very very easy to add drives, memory, clean it out etc etc.
     

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