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full entertainment system on a mac...tv tuner and the like

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I'm going to be getting a new appartment in the fall (moving out of the fraternity house...I can't wait) and I plan on building a kickass new entertainment system when I move, for watching moves and the like.

I would like to have it all computer based.

Is it possible, using a mac (which I plan on purchasing soon) to have a TV tuner and be able watch TV and even have the functionality of DVR on it?

what about remote control functionality?

and HDTV?

 

thanks guy

pedro

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I'm going to be getting a new appartment in the fall (moving out of the fraternity house...I can't wait) and I plan on building a kickass new entertainment system when I move, for watching moves and the like.

I would like to have it all computer based.

Is it possible, using a mac (which I plan on purchasing soon) to have a TV tuner and be able watch TV and even have the functionality of DVR on it?

what about remote control functionality?

and HDTV?

 

thanks guy

pedro

 

I heard a rumor that Apple is developing a stand alone system that will do all those sorts of things. Good bye Windows Media Center! :happymac:

 

EDIT: Here is a little link to check out:

http://apple.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=0...438206&from=rss

 

EDit2: Can't wait that long? Check out this:

http://www.miglia.com/products/video/evolutiontv/index.html

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You will have to piece something together I believe.

 

You can use a New Mac and Front Row ( Comes with a remote ) for iTunes / DVD / Picture playback

 

For TV check out Elgato's Eye TV

 

www.elgato.com

 

With Eye TV2 and a large HD you can set up for TIVO like recording of your shows for playback later, or watch live on your Mac.

 

I can give more specifics on the setup when I know what hardware you plan on using.

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If I got this

http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebO...plm=TC295LL%2FA

 

and the eyetv software

would I need anything else?

also, does the eyetv software work with the intel based macs or not?

 

another question

As far as displays are concerned, could I use a standard pc projector like this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16824006081

 

and watch the hi def channels or do I need a special project for it to work properly?

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EDIT

 

Sorry, didn't read the entire topic first. But yeah, you could get HD out of that EyeTV thing. I don't know if it would work; to the best of my knowledge PPC-based drivers don't work at all with Intel Macs.

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another question then

will the most powerful mac mini available be enough to do all I want to do or will the video quality amungst other things suffer do to not having a powerful enough system?

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First, don't bump. Bumps bother me. ;)

 

Yeah, you should be fine with a Mac Mini. Video Capture doesn't really use that much processor power; the hard drive is probably doing more than your processor. Even if it uses a lot of power, the quality is determined by the TV Tuner card, not the processor (you'll get the same picture if you replaced a Pentium Extreme with a Pentium 2, essentially...).

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thanks for the response

 

sorry for the bump, but appartently it worked... ;)

 

hmm...i've got lots of ideas running around in my head..

this whole apple switching to intel thing is causing me some great confusion because I cant decide what I want to buy because I dont want it to be out of date in a month...but at the same time, I want to wait for all the kinks to be worked out and the software I want to be ported before buying a new intel mac.

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