17 thoughts on “Mac Mini, An Apple DVR?”

  1. I really really hope that Apple does not succum to the pressure of Big Media and limit functionality of a PVR in order to prevent people from watching commercials. DRM is one thing, but commercial push defeats the purpose.

    Just a few miles away in Sunnyvale, I’ve completed work on my own Gentoo/MythTV PVR that has more features than any other time-shifting software available and zero DRM. Although not for the masses or faint of heart, MythTV is something that all PVR software can aspire to for some time

  2. this was a long time coming since apple released the mini. it is perfectly suited to be at the center of an entertainment center. i’m quite suprised that it’s taken them this long. this is apple’s greatest skill — product design and ui. i think the market will be eager to adopt a product like this.

  3. If this isn’t true in some form, I’ll eat my hat.

    The ‘wired-home’ media box is almost there and, as everyone keeps saying, Apple is in a damned good position to become a far bigger player in this emerging market than it is in the PC market. TV tuners are now the size of a stick of gum, PVR usefulness is proven, wireless video transmission (a.k.a. the video Airport Express) can only be round the corner, I can control my home from my computer, iPod/iTunes leads the music market and DRM’ed content will soon become (unintended but tellingly appropriate pun) a torrent. All obvious.

    But what Cupertino knows is that all the technology doesn’t add up to a hit. The fairy dust that does is total integration and no-brainer usability. And who’s best at that? Fingers crossed for 06… Don’t disappoint us!

  4. I can see a wi-fi plus infrared iPod size controller with a screen to feed media of all sorts to TVs and Hi-Fi systems while using the screen to find and review content types. Compatibility may require the “wireless video” device to be a converter as well, or at least an optional product. The first “media server” mini would a an appropriate device for Macworld as you’ve stated. With a home video success in place I can see Apple selling some big screens as well in the future.

  5. This is my idea for Google, re: DVR advertising, but it could work for Apple as well.

    When you pause your commercial-free DVRed show it should display a static ad based on the closed captioning from the 10 minutes surrounding the location you paused the show at.

    You should also be able to display all ads related to a show if you wish (and they would all be based on the content of the show using closed captioning searches).

    This way, if they were talking about something in the show that you are interested in finding out more about you just pause the show and will be presented with the ad.

  6. Microsoft didnt see it coming, if they did they wouldnt have crippled MCE with so much DRM and would have added Firewire HD support a long time ago.

  7. what are you talking about ponyboy? people like you are the reason the world thinks apple users are idiots. there are times i regret apple’s new popularity.

  8. I should have weighed in on this sooner, but saying that the “whole ipod thing [wouldn’t] amount to much” would be wrong no matter what happens. The iPod has very little to do with the home entertainment market, and so even if Microsoft should win that market (which everyone knows they won’t win it unless they buy their way in, and the 360 is not going to do that), the ipod will stand alone as a sure success.

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