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ITV: end of the mini ?

I thought the best way to build a Home Theatre was to hook a Mac mini to an HDTV, digitally of course, and with WiFi internet connection. That's also what I did. Now what? Should I take the mini back to the "office", buy an iTV, then connect it to the mini via AirPort? What would be the advantage? Or are we mini/Home Theatre people too "good" for that, hence the iTV is for "lesser" users?

no, no website. it is amazing that i work in this field and i don't have a website, but it is true. we don't have a commercial product, per se, but work as a consultant for 1 off projects. mostly high end residential installations and a few commercial projects here or there.
media companies, bankers, actors, musicians, etc... you know, MTV cribs, plus the more mundane luxury apartments and dwellings.
i do think that iTV is evolutionary if not revolutionary and an important part of apple's inroads to the living room, but it is also more... it is apple's only hope of staying relevant in the arena that is now dominated by cable providers and soon verizon, with its FIOS service and FIOS tv. thanks to DVRs and on demand service, the traditional cable company is beginning to make popular the fact that TV watching does not have to be based upon "broadcast" or real time delivery. people can watch content when they want to, by either streaming an on-demand service or playing back locally recorded media. the iTunes store, if it picks up enough steam, could be a viable replacement for broadcast service in the future, and iTV the ideal portal for the end user. the questions one has to ask, is pay per download going to be viable against the $40 / month to $120 / month or so subscription services that the cable / phone companies have to offer. also is the iTV's $200 to $300 price going to be competative versus the $5 to $15 DVR lease/rental fees. right now, apple has 2 disctinct dissadvantages, it is more expensive, and the quality of the media is far inferior. right now apple has a max resolution of 640x480 where cable companies are offering on demand and DVR recording capability of true 1080i (with massive MPEG compression artifacts, unfortunately, but still better than clean 640x480).
what does apple have going for it? well, ownership. many people still like the idea that when they download something, they own a file that they can do what they want (or at least what iTunes will let them do with it). verizon will have some sort of PC management application that might allow transfer of content from a DVR to a portable media player. TIVO series 3 has the ability to transfer video too, on the PC side.
unfortunately, it looks like apple is going to miss the next coming wave of computer based DVRs. el gato is no longer allowed to sell the 500, their only box that was able to record US QAM HD signals (2nd hand info, might be rumor, just no demand?). every manufacturer is pretty much signing up with Win Vista and WMV based, encrypted / secure video technologies, which leaves apple no room to compete in this market. people are just not going to find non-HD DVR/PVRs relevant.
iTunes, as popular as it is, i think, is still in its pre-rollout stage to what it will evenutally evolve into. i have no doubt that we will see HD content from the iTunes store. i also think that the cost of downloads must decrease. first they have to prove to the studios that they are a viable portal, able to hold their own with the traditional content delivery methods. if they continue with this strategy, their hand will be forced to provide either subscription based services or lower download charges to mere pennies rather than dollars.
apple has the dissadvantage of not being a broadband vendor. verizon, time warner, comcast, and rcn are going to be duking it out in this arena. however, it looks like apple wants to be a player when it comes to the media. personally, i like the idea of signing up for Verizon FIOS with 15MBps download speed for under $50 per month. however, i don't like their DVR boxes and the closed system that it creates. i would totally sign up with iTunes and download the couple of shows that i would actually watch from the store and not pay for cable, however the 1 wildcard, is Tivo series 3, with its dual tuner HD CABLECARD capability and my local TWC service... is awfully appealing, especially if they ever get the Mac OS X version of the management software (the current version only does pictures and music, no video).


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I thought the best way to build a Home Theatre was to hook a Mac mini to an HDTV, digitally of course, and with WiFi internet connection. That's also what I did. Now what? Should I take the mini back to the "office", buy an iTV, then connect it to the mini via AirPort? What would be the advantage? Or are we mini/Home Theatre people too "good" for that, hence the iTV is for "lesser" users?

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ITV and Catchup TV viewed in Firefox - the picture is about 4 times too big
BBCi, 4OD and Demand 5 all OK in Firefox with this Advent
ITV and Catchup TV - viewed in Opera - picture OK – size and speed OK
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Ok it's way late for me but I've been messing with this for the past 41/2 hours. I just want my music
I had my motherboard replaced. Got the computer back and it removed my downloaded songs. Finally figured out how to get approval back after it requested that I upgrade. Now Itunes opens works fine until I try to update my ipod. Then a few moments after it starts the update it says 'Itunes had encountered an error and must close' click ok and the thing closes.
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ok i removed everything that has to do with the ipod and reinstalled it all but now itunes wont even open it says a porblem has occured and has to close
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I just have gone to Mac from IBM clone this month. Best thing I ever did. Now for my question.
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my problem is just as the subject says!
Itunes keeps opening itself
I tried everything but can't get around this. NOTE: didn't have ituneshelpper to open at login in the first place.
First i tried deleting itunes preference files - didn't work
Tried removing every app i could think of that could be interfering with iTunes - didn't work
Tried to trash ituneshelpper app from itunes package contents - nothing changed
At this time i think i had itunes 10.7 installed for a while i.e. i think it wasn't since upgrading that this problem began
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after updating iTunes it started all over again!!!
And now for a little side problem - might mouse center and side buttons stopped working as well as secondary button!!! can't get around that also!!!
Help, please!!!
i'm running lion 10.7.5
Sorry fort the long post and thanks!!!

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I'm having a problem playing some ItunesU videos, some play okay, some just show black screen and don't play, others show a still image but then doesn't play when trying to view them from itunes store. The audio files play with no issues.
I am using windows 7.
However, if I download the videos that don't play to the laptop's drive and run them from the windows directory they play okay. I don't want to have to download videos to see if they are something I'd like to watch.
Just for reference, an example of a video that plays okay is by UC Berkeley Math 16A 001, Fall 2011. Another is Introduction to Robotics by MIT.
An example that just shows blank screen is Stanford's Iphone & Ipad development, Fall 2011, both HD and SD versions.
While an example of a video that just shows the initial image but doesn't play is Harvard's Statistics 110. If you adjust the time of the video, the video moves to that part of the video but only shows the image at that time, ex. at 13:02, but doesn't play.
I've tried reinstalling quicktime first, then itunes. I've also tried putting directdraw in safe mode, but the problem videos still won't play.
Could it be some setting, since it plays when the file is downloaded but won't play straight from itunes store online (ie. pressing the play button beside the video in the itunes list).
Help pls.