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    Media Center for a Mac?

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    Media Center for a Mac?
    I am considering swithching to either a MacBook or a MacBook Pro from my Dell PC. I have read a lot about Mac's and they sound really great; much better than my PC. I was wondering, is there anything similar to Microsoft's Media Center Edition that works on a Mac? I would like to be able to watch and save TV programs on it if I could. If there is no such thing, no big deal, just would be nice.
    Thanks, Connor

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    Media Center for a Mac?
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    There is no integrated software like Media Centre on XP or Vista for that matter. The only similar software would be Front Row but this doesn't enable you to Watch TV only Watch DVDs, Play Videos, View Photo's and Play Music.

    There is an accessory to watch TV on you Mac, no experience using it myself as I have Media Center XP but it might be worth taking a look.

    http://www.elgato.com/index.php?file..._eyetvhybridna

    Might be worth checking the Apple US Site aswell for alternative products also.

    Hope that Helps
    Damien Healy
    iMac 20" OSX 10.4.9 Tiger | thebigman87.com |

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    Media Center for a Mac?
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    iTV when is comes out, may have what you are looking for.
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    Media Center for a Mac?
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    Yeah I currently use El Gato's EyeTV, the 250 model, which I am really liking. iTV looks very cool whenever Apple is going to release it.

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    Media Center for a Mac?
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    All I do is have my G4 powermac hooked up to my 21" widescreen monitor as my "TV".. Also with a set of Logitech Z-3e speaker's in my living room. I play movies, music, pics, anything media-related... I just need to get an audio-KVM so I can KVM my xbox 360 and my G4 to my monitor as my media center/living room.

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    Media Center for a Mac?
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    iTV does nothing he wants to achieve.

    To watch TV on a mac, you'll need Elgato EyeTV (which is not Apple iTV).

    But frankly, resolutions aren't a great thing on any computer screen, so I personally suggest sticking to a TV set. Obviously, that costs a lot more with HD these days.

    So Elgato is your solution. iTV is for streaming content to a TV from your Mac's hard drive. Front Row which comes on macs is good for watching the content on your PC.

    Since you're looking at a laptop, a TV-card isn't an option for you. But Elgato is, and with it, you can use Front Row, OR the EyeTV software, OR MediaCentral (google it).

    cheers
    yogi
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