TechTips Vol VII All Things Digital Why No Apple TV

Do you know what an Apple TV is, do you think you want one? Let me stop you now, coming from experience, don’t buy one. I’ll tell you why and offer you some alternatives.

Why you don’t want an Apple TV

  1. It can’t play HULU or Netflix
  2. You are limited to Apple’s selection of movies
  3. There are no monthly subscriptions, it is pay per movie or TV Episode

What you want instead

Google TV

Mac Mini w/ mini display to VGA adapter, wireless keyboard, wireless mouse – $766

You can hook up your mac mini to your computer w/ or

Windows 7 PC with HDMI Video Card using Windows 7 Media – $929.00

HP Media Center With

AMD Athlon(TM) II 250 dual-core processor [3.0GHz, 2MB L2, up to 4000MHz bus]

  • 3GB DDR2-800MHz SDRAM [2 DIMMs]
  • 500GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive
  • 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5450 [DVI, HDMI, VGA]
  • Blu-ray writer & Lightscribe SuperMulti DVD burner
  • Integrated 10/100 Ethernet, No wireless LAN
  • 2 USB, front audio ports
  • TV tuner, ATSC-NTSC with PVR, remote
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio
  • No speakers
  • HP wireless keyboard and HP wireless optical mouse

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