5 Replies Latest reply: Sep 27, 2009 7:41 PM by Ron Handel
Ron Handel Level 1 (15 points)
I am thinking of buying a new tv. Probably a flat screen, maybe around 42". I would like to be able to sit on my couch, with a wireless keyboard, and access all my television through the computer. I am dropping my 200 channels, and have decided to just watch what I can get for free over the internet (using Safari), and occasionally buying a program on iTunes. First of all, if I were to buy a new computer and flat screen tv, are there any recommendations? Also, is there a wireless keyboard, with some kind of touch pad for the mouse, recommended? Finally, is there an easy way to do this - to watch streaming tv, iTunes shows, yet check my email and use Safari, and have it all show up on my tv screen? Thanks.

Power Mac G5, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • japamac Level 7 (24,390 points)

    Easy stuff.
    Just connect your G4 to the TV with a DVI to HDMI cable, and the TV becomes your monitor.

    I use an Apple wireless keyboard (Bluetooth) and a Logitech wireless mouse.
    Add a Keyspan RF wireless remote, and you have easy access to FrontRow, and control over iTunes.

    Not all applies to you, but check this discussion:
  • Ron Handel Level 1 (15 points)
    Sounds easy enough. Thanks. One minor question. You mentioned using a wireless mouse. If I am "kicking back" on the couch, this option may not work. Are there any good wireless keyboards that include a touch pad, a little like they have on the MacBooks? Thanks.
  • Ron Handel Level 1 (15 points)
    One other question. Does Front Row stream media content from Safari? For example, if I want to go to abc.com and watch Desperate Housewives (just as an example, of course), could I use Front Row? Thanks.
  • japamac Level 7 (24,390 points)

    I haven't heard of any touch pads per say.
    A wireless mouse an keyboard will work across a living room.
    Problem is, a cursor can be a bit hard to see.

    Nothing impossible, though.

    As far as streaming Safari content through Front Row, no, that won't work.
    Now, if it is downloaded content, then it will play through Safari.

    Streaming content will have to be viewed as it is on a standard monitor.
  • Ron Handel Level 1 (15 points)
    Thanks. I can't wait to try it.