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    i personally have been using a computer for my entertainment console for over 8 years now ...i have switched from windows and mac and any given various times...right now i am using the Mac mini a perfect intel dual core i7 2.7ghz with 8 gb of ddr3 memory with great graphic acceleration for its class and sound...nothing elite like my built Windows or ubuntu PC's but perfect for streaming, entertaining, editing photos, making movies, etc...(its a computer you can do what ever you want) and its the size of a external hard drive or modem

    edit: the only thing i dis like about the Mac mini as my entertainment console is that the internal sound volume bar is disabled in HDMI mode (so the only way you can increase/ decrease volume is by the application itself or the TV or Receiver itself; no main volume control)
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    Quote Originally Posted by griffixdc View Post
    false....i have both apple's Mac and Windows/ ubuntu, linux all of which have absolutely zero restrictions on video types unless it is restricted to all.

    edit: only other thing that can limit video is hardware or the lack there of proper software that encodes/decodes the proper codecs

    Mac/apple tv are different..... Apple TV can only support a few formats, macs can support almost anything, just like a pc

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmcpa View Post
    Mac/apple tv are different..... Apple TV can only support a few formats, macs can support almost anything, just like a pc
    that maybe true...i wouldn't know, because why waste that much money on a tv system(apple tv) when a few hundred more you get a computer that does everything(Mac or Windows)

    EDIT: mac mini's start at $500 which is relatively cheap for an apple computer product and also considering you would spend that much for an apple phone but then again i am only suggesting the mac mini for its size convenience and 30 foot blutooth ability...you could get a Windows pc for less then 500 but much larger and not very entertainment center friendly (visually)
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    Quote Originally Posted by griffixdc View Post
    that maybe true...i wouldn't know, because why waste that much money on a tv system(apple tv) when a few hundred more you get a computer that does everything(Mac or Windows)
    Agreed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobraman44 View Post
    Another vote for Boxee. I also have directtv but I like being able to rip any movies I have and put them in a share and this thing just picks it up. Any format someone has given me a movie it has played it. And there is all kinds of plugin for this thing.
    http://boxee-plugins.blogspot.com/

    Also you can get the open source for this and just load it on a PC. But getting the cube is a lot cheaper
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/D-Link-Boxee...item2ebbb71be0

    OH it also comes with a fult QUERTY keyboard on the back of the remote
    What program do you use to rip your dvd's to your hard drive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by griffixdc View Post
    that maybe true...i wouldn't know, because why waste that much money on a tv system(apple tv) when a few hundred more you get a computer that does everything(Mac or Windows
    Waste that much money? You're comparing a $99 appleTV to a $500 mini? Am I going crazy?


    As for the actual discussion for Brian, I'll throw another vote in for a BoxeeBox. Geeks.com has them for $129. If I didn't already have the Acer Revo I bought a few years ago for $149, I'd definitely be getting one. I'm still debating getting one because it's so cheap.

    I've used the Revo for an HTPC for about 4 years now which supports full 1080p decode in hardware so it's snappy. I run XBMC (linux) and have played with the Boxee software in linux. Both are very good solutions for streaming all kinds of formats over all kinds of protocols. (You won't find me using windows for anything other than Vixen).

    One of the neat things about the BoxeeBox over simply running Boxee is you don't have to install/setup the machine and worry about hardware support for decode and everything. I also believe they have worked out some agreements with places like NetFlix and Hulu that aren't released for the regular Boxee software, only available on their BoxeeBox.


    Have you done an old-fashioned pro/con list yet?

    Pros of XBMC and oxee software on a PC you build:
    * Great UI, themeable, tons of plugins, upgrades
    * Tons of interoperability (will stream from: samba/windows shares, nfs mounts, upnp, youtube, etc.
    * Tons of stream support: ogg, ogv, wmv, wma, mov, mp2, mp3, mpeg, mp4, flac, mkv, etc.
    * Cheap? - Both free/open software, will run on multiple platforms, if you have hardware VDPAU support, decode is all done in hardware... As cheap as the hardware you use.
    Cons:
    * You bring the hardware - This means you have to either spend a lot, or do a lot of research to see if the hardware is capable of all the streams you want (fast enough to do 1080p, or done in hardware)
    * Might require more money spent on "input devices"... an RF or IR remote? Keyboard?

    Pros of BoxeeBox (All pros listed above plus):
    * Ease of setup
    * Hulu/Netflix
    Cons of BoxeeBox:
    * Not stack-able because of the shape of the enclosure

    Pros of Apple TV:
    * Cheap - $99
    * Easy - Great looking and intuitive UI
    * Easy to setup - It's tiny and only has a couple cables
    * Works well with iTunes and other apple stuff
    Cons:
    * Not very customization/open
    * Apple (no haters)


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    Quote Originally Posted by bud29 View Post
    What program do you use to rip your dvd's to your hard drive?
    Handbrake works great and is open source as well as cross-platform!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Materdaddy View Post
    Handbrake works great and is open source as well as cross-platform!
    Thank you!

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