Mac Mini, the Media Server Evolution

UPDATED: It was only two weeks ago, I wrote that perhaps Mac Mini would lead to new kind of computer usage, and perhaps the tiny tot will evolve into a Media Server/DVR.

Now think of Mac Mini as a “home media server.” Last month when rumors were flying thick and fast, Jonathan Greene very rightfully pointed out the true potential of this device. Mac Mini is perfect sitting next to your Sony FlatScreen TV. I think just like an iPod economy sprang up around the hit digital device, it is time for peripheral makers to bring to market add-ons like TV connectors, remote control modules and the sort. Elgato can turn your Mac Mini into a nice TiVo replacement. All it needs is a little imagination.

Even Bob Cringley has caught on the concept. Looks like a lot of people took up that idea and have now set-up tons of fan-sites devoted precisely to that concept. So my good deed for the year done – I want to do some link backs to the new Mac Mini meme. First of all I am glad to see Jonathan Greene, who has become a friend-via-blogging is doing MacHTPC, which I am pretty sure is going to be a must read in months to come. He did a post earlier, which basically urged Apple to get serious about the home media center thing! Jason Sares is off to a rocking start as well on his site. And that too while in Ohio! Another one, is all forums but still good. I am worried if Rob will continue with GotMacMini! Russ has bought and installed his! Anyone interested in buying a powerbook 15, let me know. I am going Mini Mac!

How much mac you need for ElGato TV?

So how much Mac do you need to use the EyeTV 500? That turns out to be a complicated question. If you intend to have your Mac handle all of your DTV duties—watching live TV, recording, and playing back recorded shows—you’ll probably want a dual-G5 PowerMac. We tried the EyeTV software on a variety of machines, including a 1.6GHZ single-processor G5 PowerMac, a 1.8GHZ single-processor G5 iMac, and a 1ghz G4 12′ Powerbook. The experience made it clear that playing back high-def DTV (not all DTV is high-def, but one of the chief reasons to get DTV is for the high-def content) is extremely processor intensive. On both G5 machines, for example, the EyeTV software routinely accounted for between 70-80% of the processor capacity while playing high-def programs. So the short answer is: you need a G5 Mac, and preferably a dual-processor PowerMac.”

I guess Mac Mini won’t do the trick as a DVR after all!