9 Replies Latest reply: Oct 7, 2010 1:40 PM by vazandrew
vazandrew Level 6 Level 6 (17,005 points)
I am considering getting an apple TV and cutting off my current cable subscription. However I am trying to decide the best option.

Since netflix is coming to Canada I would go with them and stream to ATV. I'm currently with zip.ca and would still use them for physical media. I would likely add atvflash but not sure if it's compatible with the new one. My receiver is old so would have to get a converter. These last two add to the cost.

I'd get the old model but no netflix with that. My other option is getting a mini, but seems costly for a media centre.

Any help would be appeciated.

iMac 2.8GHz 2GB RAM ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8), iBook G4 1.07GHz 512MB RAM Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Chenks Level 5 Level 5 (7,420 points)
    only you can decide which is the best option, but bear in mind that TV rentals are only available in the US just now, so i can't see the appletv being anywhere near capable of replacing cable TV (and i don't think that it what it is designed to be anyway).

    don't include what any device might be able to do via unofficial hacks as a major point on any decision as they are never without issues and never confirmed to always work.
  • vazandrew Level 6 Level 6 (17,005 points)
    Thanks

    Didn't know about the TV rentals part. But I would be only renting from iTunes occasionally anyway. Most of my content would be through netflix and downloads streaming from my computer.

    If I went with the mini I would be able to just stream any web content directly. But you're right, I guess I need to make the decision myself.
  • Chenks Level 5 Level 5 (7,420 points)
    vazandrew wrote:> Didn't know about the TV rentals part. But I would be only renting from iTunes occasionally anyway. Most of my content would be through netflix and downloads streaming from my computer.


    any such downloads you are streaming from your computer would need to be appletv compatible and be in your itunes library.

    If I went with the mini I would be able to just stream any web content directly. But you're right, I guess I need to make the decision myself.


    the mac mini is 6 times more expensive than the new appletv.
  • vazandrew Level 6 Level 6 (17,005 points)
    Yes I know about compatibility. I'm actually in media and have a lot of converters so i'll be fine with that.

    I know the mini is a lot more $$ but i'm just trying to weigh my options. I'm done paying for cable. It makes more sense to just up my internet package and stream/download content..so now it's just a matter of what is the best way to do that.

    I only have a handful of shows I care to watch on a regular basis anyway.

    I just found out a friend has both ATV and the Mini (and hasn't used cable in years) so i'm going to see what his opinion is.
  • vazandrew Level 6 Level 6 (17,005 points)
    The apple tv looks like a better bet. I'll still get some channels through my tuner and i'll stream everything else through netflix and my computer.

    Cable is a ripoff, especially when you only watch certain channels.
  • EK_99 Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    I would seriously consider the mini if you are truly dumping cable. Even though the Mini is 6x as much you have to look at the big picture costs. How much is you cable bill? How much to up your internet?
    As an example
    Cable = $70 / Month
    Upgrade Internet = $10 / month more
    Mini $600

    600 /(70 - 10) = 10 months to recoup cost of mini

    With the mini you will have ultimate flexibility
  • vazandrew Level 6 Level 6 (17,005 points)
    Well I did look at the bigger picture and buying a computer didn't seem like a good idea the more I thought about it. I have an iMac in the basement, so if need be i'll watch the odd thing down there.

    Finances are grim, i'm trying to cut costs and a big upfront bill doesn't seem doable. Right now its $90 for net/cable. It will be $55-60 with upped internet bandwidth. Immediate savings per month, plus i'll be getting my current seasons over the air via digital tuner.
  • vazandrew Level 6 Level 6 (17,005 points)
    Only thing is the audio now. My receiver is old so it's analogue, but it's a great quality one. I'm thinking I may have to route the audio from the tv to the receiver using the RCA.

    All my other peripherals go directly but the ATV only has digital out.
  • vazandrew Level 6 Level 6 (17,005 points)
    found out i can route audio through the tv