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This is an update to an older post: My perfect TV setup
I recently upgraded the whole media consumption set-up in my apartment. This post describes all of the different aspects, hardware and software components in use.
- Mac Mini – this is the main hub of the whole operation. It sits in my living room, connected to sound system and projector.
Specs: 2.3GHz i5, 2GB RAM, 500GB HD,Â Intel HD 3000 Graphics.
- Apple TV – the new 1080p one. Connected to the LCD TV in my room.
- iPad – also the new one.
- ProjectorÂ - still the same old one that won’t die. Only 720p, but I refuse to replace it before it has reached the end of it’s lifetime.
- Logitech HarmonyÂ - universal remote to control the cable box, sound system, projector and XBMC (via Mac Mini’s infra red port) in the living room.
- 2TB harddiskÂ - connected to Mac Mini via USB.
- 2xÂ AirPort Express – connected to speakers in the kitchen and bathroom.
Software on Mac Mini
- XBMC – with it’s recentÂ Eden release and a few configuration tweaks the perfect, easy to use frontend for all my movies & TV shows.
- Transmission – Torrent client with a nice web based remote frontend.
- Catch – to automatically download new TV show episodes.
- Air Media Server – serves media to iOS devices.
- AirServer – receives AirPlay streams from iOS devices.
Software on iOS
- Air Media Center – plays movies and music from Mac Mini via Air Media Server.
- TouchPad – substitutes mouse and keyboard for Mac Mini.
- Mocha VNC Lite – remote desktop software.
- Apples Remote App – controlsÂ Apple TV orÂ iTunes music on Mac Mini.
Mac Mini is my always-on media server. It serves it’s video signal, running XBMC, to the projector. XBMC periodically scans all the appropriate directories on the external harddisk for new movies and TV show episodes.
iTunes is running with a copy of all of my music and Home Sharing turned on. That way I can listen to music on my iPad, iPhone or Apple TV whenever I’m at home and also stream it to AirPlay receivers in the living room (AirServer), my room (Apple TV), kitchen (AirPort Express) & bathroom (AirPort Express).
Further Mac Mini checks the showRSS website via Catch for my subscribed TV shows and downloads new episodes via Transmission. The finished episodes are sorted into the correct directories on the external harddisk. I can also add new downloads via Transmission’s web frontend that’s accessible from the outside and very usable even on small smartphone screens. That way, whenever I turn on the projector in the living room, I get greeted by XBMC with all new and unwatched content in my library.
To tie in all iOS devices, I am running Air Media Server and AirServer.
The first serving the same media as XBMC’s library to iOS devices connecting via Air Media Center iOS App. This also works remotely since Air Media Center automatically configures port forwarding on my Time Capsule. AirServer enables me to send media via AirPlay from my iPad or iPhone to the projector’s output in the living room. AirServer also supports AirPlay mirroring in it’s latest version, which is really awesome for games like Real Racing 2 HDÂ which I can now play on the big screen.
If I want to watch a movie or TV show in my room, I just fire up Air Media Center on my iPad and send it’s video output via AirPlay to the Apple TV.
With all those devices interconnected and relying, as much as possible, on Apple’s protocols, there is a myriad of different possibilities: from having different music playing on varying combinations of speakers throughout the apartment, to streaming movies to my tiny iPhone screen over 3G while riding the subway to work and everything in between. I think I’m quite happy with the way it’s all working together now, I think this might finally be a system sustainable a bit longer than all the previous hacked together arrangements.
If your mobile strategy for 2011 is to hire someone to build an iphone app, then you are probably missing the big picture.
A quote from a very interesting article over at The Next Web blog about the “Free Day of Javascipt on Mobile” Event at Google HQ. It offers some pretty good insights on where the mobile web & mobile app ecosystem might move over the course of 2011.
iOS 4.2 is available, adding some impressive new features and finally getting iPad’s and iPhones up to the same OS version number. And Google releases “Cloud Connect”, a plugin that syncs Microsoft Office and Google Docs.
- Google Announces API Console
The new Google API Console lets you manage your API uses across all your applications and websites.
- iOS 4.2 Gold Master release seeded to developers
iOS 4.2 has gone Gold Master and can be used by all iOS developers to create consistent apps across iPhones, iPod touches & iPads.
Apple urges to submit new iOS 4.2 apps soon, so they are available in the app store, once the software update gets pushed to all the devices.
- eBay + Paypal + Facebook Connect = Group Gift-Buying
In an attempt to capitalize on the rise ofÂ social commerce, online auction behemothÂ eBay launched its Group Gifts service today, enabling users to source the power of their social networks to collectively purchase gifts.
- Video comparison between HTC 7 Trophy (left) and the Samsung Omnia 7 (right)
- Internet Explorer 9 just beat everyone in HTML5 compliance
Internet Explorer 9 just beat Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safari in aÂ compliance test.
- Myspace Accused Of Ripping Off Stealth Startup Pinterest
This morningÂ Pinterest co-founders Ben Silberman, Paul Sciarra and Yashwanth Nelapati woke up to a barrage ofÂ tweets,Â â??So @myspace has completely ripped off @pinterest. It really pisses me off when an old, tired hack tries to undermine hardworking inovators. [sic]â?? Myspace revealed its new redesign last night and Pinterest users quickly picked up on the similarities between the two site aesthetics, leading to anÂ intense Twitter debate.
- Sencha Takes On Flash With HTML5 Animator
Sencha is making a big bet on HTML5. The company, which was formerly known as Ext JS, raised a heftyÂ $14 million round led by Sequoia Capital in June. Â Since then it has been perfecting its HTML5 framework Sencha Touch â?? a framework that lets you build mobile web apps for iOS and Android that feelÂ almost native and are also cross-platform. And today, the company is adding another big addition to its product suite:Â Sencha Animator.
- Flickr takes a Twitter cue; introduces suggested friends and Facebook contacts
Given that, from the start, Flickr was intended to be a social photo sharing platform, the latest move from the company comes as no surprise.
According to theÂ Flickr blog, the site is introducing a People You May Know feature.
- Apple holding “secret summit” with select iOS devs next week
Business Insider is reporting that Apple is set to hold aÂ secret iOS developer summit next week. The event apparently begins next Tuesday and will run for three days. While Business Insider doesn’t have any firm details yet, they speculate that the purpose of the summit is to improve the quality of apps on iOS devices in order to stave off competition from Google’s Android App Store.
- Google makes some design changes to Gmail in mobile Safari
The first change is a that scrolling now mimics the speed of your swiping on the screen, making longer messages easier to read through. The second change is that the toolbars within Gmail are now locked while you scroll (they used to appear after you were finished scrolling).