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Setting Up A Home Media Server - The Software

From a software standpoint, setting up my home media server really involved only three software applications - one app to rip the DVD’s, one app to rip the BluRay disks, and one app to catalogue and organize the hundreds of video titles (movies, trailers, movie extras, TV series, etc.) and be able to play back this content on demand on my device of choice…

Setting up a Home Media Server - The Hardware

Creating your own home media server involves both hardware and software working together to first “rip” and later easily access and play back your personal movie and home video collection.  As I described in my February 27 blog on this same topic,  a home media server typically consists of substantial storage space on one or more hard drives attached to a media-savvy computer with software installed that is designed to manage your digital assets…

Home Video - A Brief Evolutionary History

Since retiring from full time work in December 2017, I've been investing a good bit of time on a project that has been high on my “retirement to-do list”: the digitization of my personal collection of video tapes, DVD’s, home movies, etc. I initially began experimenting with this process while I was still working full time, but now have had the time to engage in earnest…

Acorn TV

Late last week, I received an email from one of my favorite streaming TV services, Acorn TV, announcing that their subscription service is now available on Apple TV.  This is great news, as it is one more step in the direction of having more of our core TV viewing options centralized on our favorite streaming device, the Apple TV 4. 

An Apple TV for the Christmas Stocking

If you are a current Apple product user of any sort and do not yet own an Apple TV, you owe it to yourself to buy one this holiday gift season. For a rather reasonable price ($149 for the 32GB model of the new Apple TV 4), you can dramatically extend the value of your existing iPhone, iPad or Mac and your overall Apple ecosystem. You can, in fact, spend even less to get into an Apple TV ($69 for the older Apple TV 3 model), but I wouldn't recommend saving the $80, as you won't be taking advantage of what the new app-cable Apple TV 4 technology offers. The older Apple TV 3 was last updated in 2012, so you would be spending money on 3-4 year old technology…