Last updated Monday, February 22, 2010 @ 1:42PM Pacific
What I’m Watching
I’m still watching a mixture of streams and downloads, but every month streaming gets easier and the selection grows so the number of shows I’m forced to download decreases. It may eventually reach zero.
How I’m Watching It
Attached to a TV, I have: a Mac mini, a DVD Player, and a 7.1 Channel A/V Receiver. I control the system with the Apple Remote and with two iPhones.
The mini runs OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. Installed is Flash, Silverlight, and Perian.
For streams I use Boxee to find and to watch. For downloads I use Automatic and Transmission to download and Boxee to watch. Yes, I watch both my streams and my downloads in Boxee. I can sit on the sofa and use either the Apple Remote or the Boxee Remote app for my iPhone to control it.
For the few stubborn files that Boxee or Quicktime Player won’t play I keep VLC on the hard drive and control it (and the built in apps: Front Row, DVD Player, and Quicktime Player) with Rowmote on my iPhone.
I put DVDs on my iPhone by ripping with RipIt, converting with Handbrake, and tagging with Parsley Is Atomically Delicious. The tagging part is optional (and can be done in iTunes after importing without the need for an additional app) but doing it before the import is MUCH faster if you have a large iTunes library like I do.
iTunes holds all my music and anything I want on my iPhone (ringtones, podcasts, Apps, and Movies/TV in “iPhone” format). I cleaned every bit of music that gets added with TuneUp, and will occasionally pad my library with PandoraJam. When I do listen to music at home, I use Apple’s Remote iPhone App to control it.
Once in a blue moon I want a YouTube video on my iPhone, and Evom makes it simple.
The Road Here
Before Boxee, I used Plex. In some ways Plex is actually superior to Boxee, but (as of today) Boxee wins the interface contest and ease-of-use is my ultimate goal.
Before pairing Automatic with Transmission, I used TVShows with Transmission, but it hasn’t been updated in so long it’s become useless. I also tried Miro and TED for downloading TV. They have great user-friendly interfaces but I find them bloated and unstable. Your milage may vary. I’ll be checking on the as they continue to develop.
Before RipIt! I used MacTheRipper, but the app is an outdated non-Intel Mac app and the Intel version is 250% more expensive than RipIt! and the developer makes you jump through hoops to get it. No thanks. Fairmount seems to be a decent free alternative to RipIt!, but I find the paid solution to be more reliable.
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