MaxxuM wrote in post #8935445
basroil, everything with the exception of (OS X) #2 and #3 is complete spin. I don't have the time to correct every misconception/twist, but to give you an example #1 all you need is a USB HDTV stick - which I have - and you have HDTV on your Mac Mini. Another example - there are thousands of codec's and I've played hundreds of them on my Mac's without issue. All a Mac user must do is install Perian and/or VLC. I've yet to hit a codec I couldn't play.
It's pretty obvious that you don't rely on a Mac, nor have in a while if you did. Otherwise, you'd know how to get around these 'problems'. And I say 'problems', because you seem to think if things are done differently than on Windows they become 'problems'.
Actually, no. HDTV usb stick is NOT the same as cable card support. Vastly different approaches, and a pathetic HDTV stick won't let you use cablecards, therefore no digital cable. Having to have two boxes, one for a HTPC and another for a digital cable box IS a problem that you cannot work around on a mac regardless of how hard you try.
And while you can use vlc, mplayer, and a dozen other similar programs, they do not have the same integration as something like Media Center. Those programs also don't support HDCP outputs currently (i'm sure there's a build of mplayer that does), nor do they run using the ffmpeg-mt libraries (mplayer can, but last i knew ffmpeg-mt source was windows only), so you're stuck at a single core for decoding. VLC may have been updated at some point, but in general the program is poorly made and not made for multiple uses. A HTPC should have a single frontend program that can be upgraded, but still supports any media use without needing to plug in a keyboard and mouse to access that material (including video files, audio files, video streams, audio streams, and over the air and cable feeds). Currently, only Media Center and a few paid programs offer that.
If OP wants to, he can get himself an i7 860 based mini-ATX HTPC for less than an iMac or 15" MBP. Much faster for photo processing, capable of being a media center, what else would you need? Hell, if he wants to be fancy, doesn't even have to be an HTPC case and he can keep the pc in another room connected to dual 24" or 27" monitors and still be an HTPC. Bit more expensive that way, but still cheaper than a 17"MBP or 27" i7 imac
I don't hate macs or OSX, I hate people and statements that portray them as better than anything else. Macs are A solution, not THE solution. Get a good desktop i7 with Windows 7 and come tell me that sucks for photo or video editing.