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2006-09-13
iTV: Erhm, yeah. Hm. So... What?
For only 299 USD, you'll be able to stream media from your Mac to your, erh, TV set. Really, let's look at this again. iTV, it seems, does *nothing* but that. And only *selected* material, too. The material that's compatible with iTunes. Either bought from the iTunes store or ripped into a format iTunes supports. So what would *I* suggest? Buy a used Mac mini. I'm sure you'll get one for the 300 bucks the iTV costs. It even looks similar. But gives you so much more. You'll be able to do *exactly* the same thing, since they also come with FrontRow and Apple remotes, so you *can* stream stuff from other Macs, but you can also just pop in DVDs, VCDs, DivX CDs etc. and watch them from the mini. You can even buy a TV tuner for the Mac mini, if you want to record stuff from time to time. Remember: iTV will instead make you want to *buy* the free TV shows. So is there *really* an argument pro the iTV - or whatever clever name it will be called once it arrives? Maybe the iPod TV or the "iTunes Xtender Express"? The *least* they should do, in my opinion, is add the AirPort functionality the AirPort Express has. I.e. it should double as a Wireless Access Point. It has the connectors for it, doesn't it. Maybe they do that and just haven't talked about it, because they wanted to emphasize the iTunes movies...
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The only big option it has over a macmini is the hdmi...
 
Also, you can pop a dvd into your mac and the software on the iTV will allow you to play it, similar to front row, so it is not totally dependent on iTunes, plus, if you wanted, like I do, I use handbreak to rip dvds to a mpg4 format so I can watch on my iPod video, these are also fully compatible with iTV.

Glor
 
I understand that. But isn't 299 USD still a bit much for "connecting the PC to the TV"? I guess I'm just not the focus group here, although I *do* like to watch digital media in my home cinema. But I simply connect my MacBook to my video beamer and surround stereo and I'm set.
 
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