TV Software on a Mac mini?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by rotarypower101, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. rotarypower101 macrumors regular


    Sep 28, 2007
    Portland Oregon
    Hey guys, wondering if anyone has run the TV software on a macmini/other hardware before, and can give any input if it works better having bigger faster hardware to backup the TV interface?

    Has anyone from experience been able to discern whether or not the TV hardware has anything to do with lag and slow responsiveness of the interface?
    We have 3 TVs so I am very familiar with the TVs shortcomings, I would like to explore the possibility that it is mainly a hardware issue.

    Or is it really software and/or networking problems at the heart of the TVs issues?

    Is it worth a try to run TV software in this manor, or has it been tested in this way and still found to be wanting?

    And while front row is nice, once you have used TV interface enough to appreciate the finites of the refinement, there is no comparison for how much more pleasurable TVs interface is to use than front row....well when it works properly that is.

    Anyone have a link to tutorials that were better examples to follow, or tips to make it run smooth and correctly?

    Any tips you can pass along now that you have yours up and running and did not know about until later?
  2. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    You can get a freeware app that runs it on a Mac with 10.4.9 or higher, but not on a 10.5 box because of the audio chip.
  3. rotarypower101 thread starter macrumors regular


    Sep 28, 2007
    Portland Oregon
    Oh cool! What is the freeware app called? I've googled and come up empty.
  4. Bye Bye Baby macrumors 65816

    Bye Bye Baby

    Sep 15, 2004
    i(am in the)cloud
    Would be good if they could get it to work under Leopard. I would love that on a mini.

    Does it access the iTunes store? That is what FrontRow is missing- you can't get movie rentals from the mini through it.
  5. speakerwizard macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2006
    my understanding was it wouldnt work under leopard because the base of the appletv is still tiger, maybe when a significant appletv update comes.
  6. chugs macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2009
    Why not run plex, it's a lot more slick than front row, can organize your native files, and you can access hulu/joost/cnn/youtube etc. as well through it for streaming content.

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