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Old 21.11.2013, 17:03
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Apple TV vs. Mini Mac for movie viewing???

So we have Apple TV and have been using it to buy movies. But in the last 8 months, the thing freezes on movies and we constantly restart. I have to admit my husband bought it around 2001. So he had this bright idea to get a Mini-Mac to access movies and we can store what we like in the cloud. Ok, fine. Apple TV I found had a limited selection of movies anyway, but the Mini has iTunes access to more movies.

The problem is that on Apple TV I could get something right on demand because sometimes I don't know what I want to watch. On the Mini, it's iTunes and I have to wait sometimes for an hour or so to download and by that time I'm not interested.

Anybody have this problem, and how I can get 'on demand' with the Mini? Or somehow get the 2 devices to work together for iTunes plethora of movies but get them 'on demand'? It's ok if we plan ahead to download, but sometimes when he travels I just decide at 8pm to watch a movie and the Mini says - well you may get it at 10pm!
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Old 21.11.2013, 17:06
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Re: Apple TV vs. Mini Mac for movie viewing???

I bought an Apple TV recently and it has iTunes built in, I can buy movies directly from the device to watch immediately.
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Old 21.11.2013, 17:15
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Re: Apple TV vs. Mini Mac for movie viewing???

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If you find something you would like to buy on the new Apple TV or thru the iTunes access on the Apple TV, is there a way to save it to the cloud or on a hard drive?

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I bought an Apple TV recently and it has iTunes built in, I can buy movies directly from the device to watch immediately.
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The problem is that on Apple TV I could get something right on demand because sometimes I don't know what I want to watch. On the Mini, it's iTunes and I have to wait sometimes for an hour or so to download and by that time I'm not interested.

Anybody have this problem, and how I can get 'on demand' with the Mini? Or somehow get the 2 devices to work together for iTunes plethora of movies but get them 'on demand'? It's ok if we plan ahead to download, but sometimes when he travels I just decide at 8pm to watch a movie and the Mini says - well you may get it at 10pm!
I was pretty sure you could start playing rented movies in iTunes even though it wasnt fully downloaded. Its been a while, but Im sure i have done this before.

In any case, why dont you just buy the new Apple TV. Its like 100 bucks, vs circa 1000 for a mac mini. It sounds as though youre pretty happy with the functionality of the Apple TV?
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If you find something you would like to buy on the new Apple TV or thru the iTunes access on the Apple TV, is there a way to save it to the cloud or on a hard drive?
You cannot save anything directly on the Apple TV, it streams everything. So if you buy something, its basically just registered that youve bought that title and you can play it (stream it) whenever you like. With the speed of internet here and no data caps, its usually not an issue.
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Re: Apple TV vs. Mini Mac for movie viewing???

You dont have to wait till its all downloaded. In iTunes you get a notification telling you that it can now be watched.Install iTunes on your windows PC then you have access to everything that iTunes has to offer. You don't need macmini. I use WLAN with the AppleTV and it works perfect.

Definitely get the new Apple TV-the software is much improved and the old box gets very hot and uses alot of power. I registered also on the USA iTunes store and can access alot more films there-and all in English. Simply buy iTunes gift cards and load up your credit.

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itunes gift cards codes. You can only use USA gift cards with the usa store. Simply add the Apple USA account to your apple TV list of accounts.


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So we have Apple TV and have been using it to buy movies. But in the last 8 months, the thing freezes on movies and we constantly restart. I have to admit my husband bought it around 2001. So he had this bright idea to get a Mini-Mac to access movies and we can store what we like in the cloud. Ok, fine. Apple TV I found had a limited selection of movies anyway, but the Mini has iTunes access to more movies.

The problem is that on Apple TV I could get something right on demand because sometimes I don't know what I want to watch. On the Mini, it's iTunes and I have to wait sometimes for an hour or so to download and by that time I'm not interested.

Anybody have this problem, and how I can get 'on demand' with the Mini? Or somehow get the 2 devices to work together for iTunes plethora of movies but get them 'on demand'? It's ok if we plan ahead to download, but sometimes when he travels I just decide at 8pm to watch a movie and the Mini says - well you may get it at 10pm!
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Old 23.11.2013, 20:40
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Re: Apple TV vs. Mini Mac for movie viewing???

My suggestion would be to find an AppleTV2 on ebay and jailbreak it and install www.firecore.com software. This will install XBMC which will open up a world of FREE streaming of just about every movie and TV series known to man... at least American and British ones.

PM me if you want more details. It can be done on the original AppleTV, but if yours is starting to fail, you might need to replace it. I have the original, also, but chose to only jailbreak the ATV2.

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PS - This should be legal in CH, as there are no restrictions on downloading/streaming content IIRC.

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So we have Apple TV and have been using it to buy movies. But in the last 8 months, the thing freezes on movies and we constantly restart. I have to admit my husband bought it around 2001. So he had this bright idea to get a Mini-Mac to access movies and we can store what we like in the cloud. Ok, fine. Apple TV I found had a limited selection of movies anyway, but the Mini has iTunes access to more movies.

The problem is that on Apple TV I could get something right on demand because sometimes I don't know what I want to watch. On the Mini, it's iTunes and I have to wait sometimes for an hour or so to download and by that time I'm not interested.

Anybody have this problem, and how I can get 'on demand' with the Mini? Or somehow get the 2 devices to work together for iTunes plethora of movies but get them 'on demand'? It's ok if we plan ahead to download, but sometimes when he travels I just decide at 8pm to watch a movie and the Mini says - well you may get it at 10pm!

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Re: Apple TV vs. Mini Mac for movie viewing???

How dumb are Apple that they dont make a monitor for all their high tech mac minis.Non Apple monitors are all shit! So dumb they are!
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Old 11.11.2018, 13:19
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Re: Apple TV vs. Mini Mac for movie viewing???

You need some sort of award/recognition for reviving years-old threads.

Apple did have a display that they discontinued in 2016, called Thunderbolt Display. But they recently said they are working on a new display for the Mac Pro, a ridiculous 8K thing that will probably be 2000 chuffs.
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You need some sort of award/recognition for reviving years-old threads.

Apple did have a display that they discontinued in 2016, called Thunderbolt Display. But they recently said they are working on a new display for the Mac Pro, a ridiculous 8K thing that will probably be 2000 chuffs.
as i say. apple is stupid. wish their spaceship in cupertino would take off and disappear for a few million years
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Old 11.11.2018, 13:42
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You need some sort of award/recognition for reviving years-old threads.

Apple did have a display that they discontinued in 2016, called Thunderbolt Display. But they recently said they are working on a new display for the Mac Pro, a ridiculous 8K thing that will probably be 2000 chuffs.
And why should I not comment to this thread. Better than making a new one!!
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You need some sort of award/recognition for reviving years-old threads.

Apple did have a display that they discontinued in 2016, called Thunderbolt Display. But they recently said they are working on a new display for the Mac Pro, a ridiculous 8K thing that will probably be 2000 chuffs.
I have one of those Thunderbolt Displays connected to my MacMini. It's quite a nice display and I was disappointed when Apple discontinued such items. It's good to hear they may re-enter the market. As an alternative, I've found the Dell UltraSharp displays to work very well.

BTW, does anyone know if this jailbreaking and firecore stuff mentioned in an earlier post is still a viable option and acceptable in Switzerland?
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I have one of those Thunderbolt Displays connected to my MacMini. It's quite a nice display and I was disappointed when Apple discontinued such items. It's good to hear they may re-enter the market. As an alternative, I've found the Dell UltraSharp displays to work very well.

BTW, does anyone know if this jailbreaking and firecore stuff mentioned in an earlier post is still a viable option and acceptable in Switzerland?
Yes. I use that Dell UltraSharp. Its good but its a long way from being a retina screen
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Old 11.11.2018, 17:48
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Re: Apple TV vs. Mini Mac for movie viewing???

In my studio I have an Acer Predator X34, which is an ultra-wide, 34" monitor with a resolution of 3440 x 1440 (with a slightly curved screen). It's not a "retina" display (which is Apple's marketing name for their displays with a lot of ppi), but with more than 100 pixels per inch it's way more than enough for graphics-intensive work. It's a typical gamer's monitor, with high refresh rate and an "aggressive" look.

If you're in the market for a display, check that one out. I recommend it.
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In my studio I have an Acer Predator X34, which is an ultra-wide, 34" monitor with a resolution of 3440 x 1440 (with a slightly curved screen). It's not a "retina" display (which is Apple's marketing name for their displays with a lot of ppi), but with more than 100 pixels per inch it's way more than enough for graphics-intensive work. It's a typical gamer's monitor, with high refresh rate and an "aggressive" look.

If you're in the market for a display, check that one out. I recommend it.
Yes. It looks a bit like a predator. Was not quite what I was after.

This one caught my eye

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Old 11.11.2018, 20:18
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Re: Apple TV vs. Mini Mac for movie viewing???

At 1920x1080 it's the last thing I'd recommend. It's pretty low resolution (standard HD) for a 27" monitor (I'd suggest AT LEAST 2560 x 1440).
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Re: Apple TV vs. Mini Mac for movie viewing???

Actually just hook the mini to your bog standard tv. Don’t forget displays are designed to be viewed up close and personal whereas a tv is designed for a more leasurly viewing from a comfortable distance.
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Open heart surgery!

I just gave my Mac Mini 2009 a boost-put in an SSD. Wow what a difference it makes! Its like any new Mac Mini from 2018.
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Old 04.12.2018, 10:30
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I just gave my Mac Mini 2009 a boost-put in an SSD. Wow what a difference it makes! Its like any new Mac Mini from 2018.
Yup, as I said it would, the only limit now is that any new OS after high sierra will not deploy. Still that should give a few years grace.
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Yup, as I said it would, the only limit now is that any new OS after high sierra will not deploy. Still that should give a few years grace.
I have El Capitan running. Seems to be the last OS I can use.
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