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    Streaming Alternatives to Apple TV ?

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    Streaming Alternatives to Apple TV ?
    After months of trouble with Apple TV units (I have 2), I have made the decision to abandon Apple TV and iTunes.

    I am about to start looking at a better system for streaming video to my TV's, anybody have any advice or recommendations? I will still be using OS X and iOS, but I seek alternatives to iTunes and Apple TV.

    Thanks.

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    Streaming Alternatives to Apple TV ?
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    Not a lot to go on there as far as which device has the video content, how it's to be streamed (wired or wireless), what inputs and outputs are required or what problems you've been having.

    So here's one of the many, many solutions out there - RaspberryPI with RASPMC installed. The XBMC install on that can play pretty much any video file from pretty much any network or usb connected local source and squirt it onto your tv over HDMI.
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    Streaming Alternatives to Apple TV ?
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    I would look at Roku.

    However, what were your issues with the ATV? I have an ATV2 and an ATV3 both working flawlessly. I have my Mac Mini in my TV console with iTunes up and running all the time. No matter where I am, I have access to my whole library. I have even gotten my mostly Luddite parents on ATV and they love it.
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    Streaming Alternatives to Apple TV ?
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    For streaming iTunes media, I've found nothing better than the ATV.

    If you really want the best experience, then you need to build a Windows 7 media center PC directly connected to your A/V receiver capable of HDMI switching.

    I've been connecting my computers to my TVs since the late 90s, and there is still nothing than competes with a direct connection if you want to be able to do anything that your computer can do.

    While I still have a computer sitting in my entertainment center, for the most part I'm using streaming from satellite (which gives me HBO Go and other streaming services), ATV and Roku (actually, currently using a B-R player that provides all the services I need that the Roku duplicates).
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