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I want to attach a media server to my HDMI equipped flat screen TV (52 inch) and an old-school stereo receiver. Basically, I want to be able to select music, photos and home videos. Ease of use is a primary concern. I would go with Apple TV but it lacks web-surfing capability. So, I'm thinking of buying a basic Mac Mini instead.

So my question - is there anything I can do with the Apple TV that I can't do with a Mac Mini?

What about the automatic update of media libraries within the Apple TV (from other computers on the network)? Can I set that up with the Mac Mini? I know just enough about Macs to be dangerous.
 

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I wouldn't really want to hack an Apple TV anyways. Too much hassle.

I also don't intend to add a TV tuner. AFAIK, you can't get HD through the TV tuners so I'll just keep my satellite receiver hooked up. I want the Mac as a media server to get rid of the hundreds of CD cases as well as consolidate all my digital photos and home movies.
 
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