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Home entertainment solutions with ipad integration

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by Destroyer, Jul 5, 2011.

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    Any one with cool ideas???
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    Apple tv is just great. Works with all iOS devices, can feed from iTunes and some services on the Internet.

    VicoPad addict!
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    I am looking to get my first ever tablet. I plan on using it primarily for school to have something small to take with me to class and use as a mobile internet device for on campus that is larger than an iPod. I have looked up many reviews of both products and watched many comparison videos and they all say that if this is my first tablet, I should go for the new iPad. But I just don't see why having a better screen and cameras (which I will not use) would be worth an extra $100. The processor in the iPad 2 is the dual core which I am sure would handle my note taking and internet browsing fine.

    I just want a third party opinion on what I should get. I plan on buying one next week.
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    A quick search, using either of the two tools available to forum members, would have revealed many threads discussing this very topic. Please see these threads (there are more) to help you make your decision

    http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-3-forum/70725-ipad-2-vs-ipad-3-a.html

    http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-3-forum/65885-ipad2-ipad3-whats-difference.html

    http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-2-forum/70815-should-you-buy-new-ipad-3-ipad-2-tablet.html

    And, in the future, please do not interrupt another conversation to ask your question. Not only is it against forum rules (it's called "thread hijacking"), it's poor forum etiquette. If you have a question that is unrelated to the topic of the thread you are in, please create another thread to ask your question. Thanks.

    Sorry for the interruption, Destroyer.

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    I use my Sony entertainment system with the iPad working from the iPod dock and AppleTV through the optical connection.
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    I have some remote contol apps like Roku and Boxee Box but I really do not like using my ipad as a remote contol. It is too clunky. It is the same reason why I don't use a computer and keyboard for playback of local files. If I didn't already own harmony remotes I guess I could see doing it from a phone to save the money.

    To the OP: I have been playing around with the third gen Apple TV. It does great for pictures and music. There can be a lag on mirroring that can get substantial at times. I haven't done a lot with video but I have seen some audio sync issues. I think if you want it perfect you need a cord which, for me, defeats he purpose.

    You can also push music, pictures, and some video to Boxee Box which offers a lot more than ATV but has some drawbacks because they have still yet to work out all the bugs. I use it daily but there are some things that drive me crazy.
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    One other thing. I noticed hat LG has an app to control their new home entertainment system. You may want to some manufacurer searches and see if any of your equipment has an app or if you are in the market try to buy new equipment with apps available.
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    I have 31TB of ripped movies on my upstairs server. This is not my entire collection, but it does include all of my blu-rays and some of my favorite DVDs. These are ripped to ISO, MKV, or folders depending on the origin of the content and whether it is a tV series or not (I like TV episodes in MKV format). I use MyMovies as the database. This works with Windows Media Center to ensure that I have cover art and metadata for each movie in my collection and presents a nice interface inside Windows Media Center.

    I have two home theater PCs, one upsides and one downstairs. Both use the MyMovies software to keep the database which provides the back end to Windows Media Center. Both HTPCs can get to the movie server upstairs via my gigabit network, so I can play any of my movies from these PCs. These PCs send an video/audio signal over HDMI to an AV receiver I have at each location. These are the center of my home theaters and they both have at least 5.1 speaker systems and a HDTV for viewing.

    The MyMovies folks have apps that work on both iPhone & iPad, as well as Android devices. So, with these apps, I can control my systems inside Windows Media Center. That means I can call up a movie to watch with the app, and then play it. I can read all kind of info about the movie as well as view trailers and such. I can control playback on my HTPC from within the app, as it has a remote control feature. It works over your wifi network. All in all, pretty cool. I think this is on-topic with the question asked by the OP, though, obviously not everyone is going to have 31GB of storage on a PC sitting around. ONce the prices of HDDs start dropping again, I will start expanding my TB (I actually have even more TBs sitting in here that are not in use yet -- just holding for hard times like now).

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    The error is because my HTPC is in sleep mode now and I'm not using Media Center. It goes away when I'm actually using the HTPC.

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    There is also a TIVO app for iPad and iPhone. Works well if you have TIVO.
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    The problem with Windows Media Center is that it requires Windows and I think that is much overhead for a HTPC. If I were ever going to go that route again I go with XMBC on Linux or on the ATV.

    I am fairly content with Boxee Box. It gets about 90 percent of my library right all on its own and it supports NFOs for the things it doesn't. It scrapes all the info and it also has trailers when available.
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    Much overhead? Not really. My htpc are made from old equipment left over after an upgrade. Most people use windows so it is familiar to most. Get under the hood of xbmc and you are lost.
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    It is not just about the equipment which can be noisy but also about the software. Windows has gotten to be pretty annoying in its old age. Its user-friendly user-proof design annoys me to no end.
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    It is easy to deal with noise with all if the low noise fans you can fund these days. And the design doesnt bother me one bit and I understand it. The networking in windows 7 with the home group makes thing simple.
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    I guess since you mentioned ipad with your set-up we are not really hijacking this thread...

    For me the HTPC is overkill. Outside of a local channel DVR my Boxee Box does everything WMP does. It supports the playback of everything from ISOs to mpegs. It supports every audio codec. It has a searchable db of all my content and just about every one of the 265 sites it has apps for. I have even loaded a bunch of content on a 2tb usb drive and travelled with it. It is only 179 bucks. To make sure we are still on topic... as I mentioned before it even supports air play.
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    I think the last few posts are definitely off topic. How did xbmc and boxee box get in here and how do they use the iPad (I posted about an app that integrates iPad into home entertainment solution)? :)
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    You can control the BB with an ipad and it supports air play.

    You can load XMBC on ATV which is also integrated with the ipad.

    Besides I am countering your view of the HTPC as a solution. Obviously it is a preference thing but I have an HTPC that I never use for media anymore. I thought by having a good natured debate we can relay additional information to anyone interested which I thought was one of the reasons for these forums.

    So yeah we might be skirting the line but I don't think we crossed it too much. Any mod please correct me if I am wrong.

    But we can sum it up with a quick comparison.

    The strengths of the HTPC regardless of software is that things like Hulu that refuse to be on set-top-boxes can be viewed in the living room. Anything that can be played on a computer can be on your big screen. It can be used as a DVR for local channels with the aid of a digital antenna.

    For a windows version the weakness is all the hassle of a normal computer. Updates, anti-virus scans, and other computer health utilities The only cost effective way is to have one is to either re-purpose an older computer, get a used one, or build one all of which will have to be re-fitted with quiet fans and some LEDs may have to be disconnected.

    Sorry. This part got accidentally deleted. The pros for the Boxxee Box is that it is a STB. It is ready to go not long after leaving the box. It makes no noise and it is designed to be in your entertainment rack. It is completely remote control driven and the interface is super easy. In addition to the other things I have already mentioned there is no additional software to buy.

    The cons are that it can't play everything a computer can and while it does now support local broadcasts you have to buy a special antenna and there is no DVR. However the recent CES winner simple.tv looks to be a good option once they launch. The boxee development team is too aggressive and it results in buggy firmware releases.

    The cons of both is that special utilities have to be used to build a local library. Ripping and correct filename assignment are not user friendly

    Anything to add my friend?
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    Bees, this is really way off topic. I don't think we need to hijack this thread for this discussion when there are suitable forums here for this discussion. Finally, I don't think either of us is interested in changing how we handle our home entertainment. I've cast my stones and am happy with them. Seems the same with you.
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    I disagree but if you are uncomfortable with a friendly back and forth to provide more information I will leave it alone. You have been here longer.
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    We can take it over to the off topic forum if you like....I actually do like to discuss HT stuff. After all, I've spent a lot of $$ on it.

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