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Here's the deal:

I have a ton of video content that I'd like to playback on my TV. It's not on iTunes, and it's mostly DivX/XviD (you know what I'm talking about...) and I'd like to be able to watch it on my TV.

The computer with the external drive where the media is stored is upstairs, and the TV is in the living room downstairs. I want a device that'll let me access all my media from the mac and display it on the TV, with content navigation (a la Apple TV). So I need something wireless.

I don't want an Apple TV because it would mean converting all my stuff to MPEG4 and it doesn't support subtitles (.srt). I don't live in the US so all the TV magic and iTunes would be kinda lost.

So my question is, does such a device exist?

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I think there are devices that will let you do that. I don't know of any specifically. Sorry

You could always buy a mini and put all the alias' from your computer in the movies folder of the mini and watch everything through Front Row. I've watched DIVX movies through Front Row no problem.


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Yeah, that's a good idea. An old mini should probably do it, right?
Using FrontRow I would be able to access my iTunes library and playlist, my pictures.. everything.

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Haha, I actually figured you'd want to crack me up side the head for suggesting a mini because they're 2x as expensive as an AppleTV.
I really like Front Row. Integration with your current machine would be quite simple. You would gain the ability to surf MF and other cool sites from your couch.
Luckily, my computer is close enough to my TV so I don't need a mini, otherwise, I would pick up a used mini over the AppleTV any day.


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