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    Apple TV or some other solution

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    Apple TV or some other solution
    Hi

    I have seen a few similar post but I though I post one myself.

    I have a Imac, which is placed in the work room. I have a TV which is placed in the livingroom. I dowload movies on my computer and I would like to watch them on my TV.

    It does not have to be wireless but I need a device that I transfer my movies to and it should play various of formats (avi, wmv, mpg etc). I also want to store all movies on the device. What I understand, Apple TV doesnt have any storage space? I have seen LaCie have a multimedia device but it is very expensive.

    MANY THANX

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    Apple TV or some other solution
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    If you need those other formats, then the new ATV is not the right solution for you.

    What might work, and you'll be surprised by this suggestion, is something like an Xbox 360. You can pick one up for $200 brand new and they can play almost any format (although you won't be able to play your iTunes purchases on it because of the DRM). It also has Netflix and Hulu Plus is coming soon... it can stream directly from a Mac, no problem.

    Otherwise a low priced compact PC would do the trick, or if you absolutely must have an Apple product, a Mac Mini.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoolook View Post
    Otherwise a low priced compact PC would do the trick, or if you absolutely must have an Apple product, a Mac Mini.
    Care to share an example of a good one that's available, for close to the price of the ATV? I'm in the same boat...
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    Quote Originally Posted by idrinorbarsaku View Post
    Care to share an example of a good one that's available, for close to the price of the ATV? I'm in the same boat...
    I didn't intend to suggest you could get something for $99. Probably somewhere between $200 and the price of a Mac Mini.
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    Have you considered possible a MiniDisplayPort to HDMI adapter, then a long (depending on the distance trough walls between iMac and TV) HDMI cable?

    I use my MBP in "clamshell" mode to watch movies, and the rare YouTube videos on 60" TV. Works great for me.

    With VLC you can watch pretty much any format.

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    Thank you for all replies.

    The idea I had was to download all movies on my Imac, and then transfer them either wireless or via cable to a "device" which I connect to my TV. If possible, I would like the device to display the movies on my TV without having to run back to my computer. Cables across the flat is a NO-GO for me.

    If I get an Xbox360. How do I get the movies on to its harddrive? How large is its harddrive?

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    Amazon.com: Western Digital WDAVN00BN WD TV HD Media Player: Electronics

    This might work for you, but it requires an external hard drive to go with it.

    Shawn

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    I have the Western Digital solution, don't have the wireless enabled one, just the normal one. Hooked up to my HD TV in the bedroom and have to 1TB hard drives hanging off it via USB ... all the media I want, with pretty good playback capabilities.

    Put it this way, I haven't found a media type that it won't play yet.

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    You can use a Playstation 3 and use PS3 media server software on the computer and it wirelessly streams to the TV

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    I have made a solution with Automator and Handbrake where I convert all other formats to .h264 and .mp4 and sync them to my appletv. It works lige a charm.

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