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Mac Mini Media Center

By on Jan 22, 2013 in Technology |

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So I created a Media Center PC.  I decided I would collect my thoughts / links here in one place.

There are two levels of implementation: The first is to completely cut Cable TV. This saves a bunch of money per month and the setup is listed below and is what I opted to do.  The second is to have the PC also become a DVR, which requires continued cable service, a TV tuner SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime TV Tuner (~$160) and EyeTV3 software ($80). So that combo would give me 3 tuners and an easily expandable DVR.  Also requires $20/year for program guide.(Instead of $16/month for tivo)

Hardware:

Software:

Cost:

~$600 for the Mac Mini
$29 for the keyboard
$0.00 for plex
$15 for AirServer software

Example:

(It’s kind of slow and the guy has a thick accent, but the implementation is great.  Plex can do way more now, so there is less hopping between apps as well)

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