1 Aug 2008

Why AppleTV

A recent twitter post by Leo Laporte got me thinking about AppleTV as an addition to my AV system.  He referenced and AppleTV hack called ATV.  It appears to be a re-packaging of several AppleTV hacks into an easy to install package.

The most interesting of the hacks is NitoTV a hack that uses mplayer to allow you to play all types of video and you it can read a library of DVD iso's - there's the HD based version of my DVD library I've been looking for.

The problem with ATV for me is that I don't have a Mac and ATV requires a Mac for install.

However, the hacks that are part of ATV can be installed separately and I've found references to creating AppleTV patchsticks on a PC.  I haven't owned a Mac since 1985.  I may be headed to Mac ownership again but I'm going to try and avoid that.

I've decided to try the AppleTV. Refurbished 160Gb AppleTV's are going for $279 on the Apple web site and with no subscription fee, it's not too expensive of an experiment.


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