One drive to rule them all
August 24, 2009 6:42 AM Subscribe
I'd like to import my DVD collection onto a harddrive but then be able to watch it through the tv. What are my options?
posted by Hands of Manos to technology (16 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I have a Mac, I have plenty of harddrive space and a lot of movies. What'd like to do is somehow be able to get rid of all the dvd's laying around (that don't get put back in their case and/or get lost/damaged) by backing them up on a harddrive but then somehow be able to watch them on my tv.
I've heard Apple TV can do this, I've also heard there is a cheap alternative of using an unused laptop to do this feature as well querying iTunes. I've also heard of something called Boxee?
I believe there is a program called Handbrake that imports your movies for Mac.
Anyway, I don't want to go through a lot of hooplah to watch a movie. I'd just like to sit down, press a button and queue up a movie.
The TV is hd (I think...on the back it says "HD/DVD IN"...there are a million things to plug in the back of it...it's an older TV but apparently HD...one of the earlier models...I had a guy with an Apple TV look at the back of my TV and said "yep, it'll work!").
I'm okay with dropping a little bit of cash for this, if it'll help solve the spilling out of DVD's...I'd say I have about 50 movies. I've got a few large harddrives that would fit a number of them on there (I don't have to burn everyone on there, but there are certain ones I'd like).
So what's my options?