View Full Version : Trundling towards the Mac HTPC

25th January 2005, 06:08 AM
Lets hope it doesn't die a slow death like the old Mac HTPC forums that had little to talk about.

The Mac Media Centre (http://mrzippy.org.uk/macmediacenter/)

Hopefully one to watch in the future, I mean, it shouldn't be that hard really. TV out can be added cheaply to Macs, as can audio, or 5.1 out for those who don't have it.

IIRC any Mac program has access to movie and audio playback features, the main challenge as I see it is building an interface and a way to browse your media files. Something like an iTunes for music and movies would be good enough for me. Even if VLC just offered a controller in full screen mode and worked a bit more like the apple DVD player I'd be happy.

However i think I'll still be getting an EyeHome, includes the remote, works across the network, no need to buy an audio out adaptor for my Cube either.

The LaCie Silver Screen (http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?pid=10481) is also interesting, would be much more interested though if it was A Firewire (although I can live with USB 2). B Used a 3 1/2 HD, yes there is some TiVx device or whatever but it looks crap and it's too expensive, but this is too... grumble grumble grumble...

EDIT - fixed links

25th January 2005, 06:27 AM
Very cool. The first of many methinks

links a bit dodgy

25th January 2005, 07:40 AM
i love the sound of this :)

the sample screenshots look great.

hey disko or one of the mods would you mind fixing the links in the first post
they have double http://

25th January 2005, 08:31 AM
Remember, it's not even a screenshot, it's an idea for a skin. They don't even have enough developers yet, but I really hope it takes off, the Mac is seriously lacking when it comes to HTPC software, not that there is much good stuff for the PC either though... Running your Mac at 800x600 with huge icons text isn't quite enough.

25th January 2005, 08:37 AM
its a project that will be very popular and very useful.
i dont have the knoledge to offer to code in cocoa but if they need any web code done, im in.

Dont forget this will be for all macs not just the mini.
all macs support svideo and rca out !!

25th January 2005, 09:04 AM
i will be doing this to my mac mini also... except i must find a way to use it as a DVD recorder first...