[mythtv-users] AppleTV 2 and MythTV
aclose at gmail.com
Tue Jan 15 19:36:36 UTC 2008
On Jan 15, 2008 1:02 PM, Peter A. Daly <petedaly at gmail.com> wrote:
> Apple today announced the AppleTV 2, their second generation set-top device.
> It's time to give Apple's TV product a second look in terms of it
> being a companion to a MythTV system.
> Even if it doesn't run the MythTV Frontend, here are the key points to consider:
> 1. Apple TV does HD
> 2. Apple TV 2 can subscribe to video podcasts
> 3. MythTV can publish video podcast feeds using the myth2ipod script
> 4. It's only $229
> Let's take a step back and look at how these two products may be able
> to work together...without major hacking of either device.
> At $229, I know from experience that there is no way to build a HD
> capable frontend for less money. A HD MythTV frontend can be built for
> somewhere in the $300 range if you know what to buy and where to shop.
> The price was a limiting factor with the original AppleTV. $299 was
> too much for what it could do for MythTV. There was no reason to
> consider the AppleTV before.
> Now at $229, a 23% price drop, with more features to boot, the scale
> has been tipped. It's an idea that is starting to maybe not only be
> reasonable, but maybe actually make sense.
> Personally, I'm excited to see where this will go. What do you think?
it has potential with the added benefits of being able to purchase
music, tv episodes that you may not be able to get through your
provider, and now movie rentals.
i can't tell if they upgraded the hardware at all though. i thought
there were some issues with the previous AppleTv being just a bit
under powered. maybe that was if you were attempting to run
MythFrontend on it though...
with the movie rental feature, i may be willing to give this a try.
for us, it's cheaper than running out to Blockbuster or signing up and
waiting for NetFlix when we want to see a movie. and for the most
part, we rent a movie and watch it that night. so since we're
'renting', we don't care if it's only good for 24 hours.
it would be nice to see more Myth integration though. ;)
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