updated 05:10 pm EST, Thu January 27, 2011
Set up allows iOS device mobile access, control
Other World Computing has launched a home theater package centering on Apple's Mac Mini, the OWC Media Center Solution for the 2010 Mac mini. The new service, which was previewed at the Macworld Expo, will preconfigure a 2010 Mac mini with Plex's digital media front-end app, add 4GB of RAM to the machine and bundle a portable Blu-ray burner and an OWC Mercury Pro Qx2 RAID 5 external drive, with either four, eight or 12TB of storage space. Combined with either an Elgato EyeTV Hybrid or HD DVR, the package can record and store Live TV, seek out streaming video via Plex apps, like Netflix, Joost, Hulu, Vimeo and YouTube, and back up DVD and Blu-ray movies for later streaming.
The Plex Media Center software can stream to and communicate with iOS devices using an installed iOS app. It can stream movies from the Mac, allows an iPad or iPhone to control playback when watching on a HDTV and allows the iPhone to control and access media from the Mac mini when mobile.
The new package will be on display and demonstrated at OWC's Macworld 2011 booth during the expo, which runs from today through Saturday in San Francisco. Pricing will be announced next week.