The Apple Media Center
Katie Floyd	

KatieFloyd.me	

@katiefloyd
Slides For This Presentation:
http://www.slideshare.net/KatieFloyd/the-apple-media-center
The Dream…
To Watch Anything…
Simple
Reasonable Pricing
Image By: Larry Jacobsen (Flickr)
Reality…
Multiple Services
Multiple Devices
Remote Control Nightmare
Image By: David Joyce (Flickr)
High Bills
The Options…
Content Sources
Streaming services
$7.99/month $7.99/month $79/year
$99/year
iTunes
• Music	

• TV Shows	

• Movies	

• Podcasts	

• Rent or Purchase
Network Websites
Plex
YouTube
• Movies and TV shows now available for
purchase.	

• Lots of independent content	

• Educational material/tutoria...
Podcasts
Apps
• Many networks have their own apps	

• Some apps require cable subscriptions :(	

• Many apps provide delayed access...
Hardware
Apple TV
AirPlay
Roku
Roku
• Over 1000 Channels	

• USB Port to add content	

• Development Platform	

• Remote with headphone jack*	

• Univers...
Google Chromecast
TiVo
TiVo
• DVR	

• Cable or OTA connection*	

• Access to Online Content	

• Requires subscription
($15/m or $500 lifetime)	

...
Smart TV
Connected Blu-ray Player
Mac mini
Game Consoles
My Cable Cutting Experience…
Why?
Rising Cost
Before After
Not much good on TV
Other Commitments
DoYour Homework
What AreYou Watching?
• What do you really watch?	

• Where are those programs
available?	

• What are the costs for the
c...
Antenna
antennaweb.org
My Setup
Primary Content Sources
+ +
What I Miss
• News/Commentary	

• Specialty Programming	

• A few sporting events
• Lost time to mindless TV
watching	

• More control over
content	

• An extra $100 a month
What I Gained
My Dream…
2014 Apple TV
+ +
Ready To Get Started?
Here are a few questions to
consider…
What do you watch?
Where is your content available?
Are there alternatives to your
current service?
What equipment do you have and
what does it support?
Any technology limitations?
Cost of initial investment?
Monthly costs for content?
What are your realistic monthly
savings, if any?
Is everyone on board?
Is it worth the hassle?
Common Mistakes
• Buying unnecessary gadgets	

• Spending too much on content	

• Getting overly complicated	

• Forgettin...
Thanks!
http://www.katiefloyd.me	

@katiefloyd
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Presentation given by Katie Floyd (http://www.katiefloyd.me and @katiefloyd) at Macworld/iWorld 2014 on March 29, 2014

It’s never been more tempting to become a “cord cutter” and ditch a traditional cable or satellite television subscription. Current technology and service offerings have made a nearly limitless supply of media available for download or streaming on-demand. Still, piecing together a user-friendly system can be a daunting task. This session will explore the current offerings available and discuss beset practices for putting together an Apple-centric home media center. Topics covered will include streaming video services, the latest set-top box offerings, iOS App options and creating a Mac mini based media center. In addition to discussing the technology and services available, we’ll also explore the “bigger picture” questions of whether creating an Apple Media center makes practical and economic sense. Including exploring the costs both in time and hardware investment needed to get up and running.

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The Apple Media Center

  1. 1. The Apple Media Center Katie Floyd KatieFloyd.me @katiefloyd
  2. 2. Slides For This Presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/KatieFloyd/the-apple-media-center
  3. 3. The Dream…
  4. 4. To Watch Anything…
  5. 5. Simple
  6. 6. Reasonable Pricing Image By: Larry Jacobsen (Flickr)
  7. 7. Reality…
  8. 8. Multiple Services
  9. 9. Multiple Devices
  10. 10. Remote Control Nightmare Image By: David Joyce (Flickr)
  11. 11. High Bills
  12. 12. The Options…
  13. 13. Content Sources
  14. 14. Streaming services $7.99/month $7.99/month $79/year $99/year
  15. 15. iTunes • Music • TV Shows • Movies • Podcasts • Rent or Purchase
  16. 16. Network Websites
  17. 17. Plex
  18. 18. YouTube • Movies and TV shows now available for purchase. • Lots of independent content • Educational material/tutorials
  19. 19. Podcasts
  20. 20. Apps • Many networks have their own apps • Some apps require cable subscriptions :( • Many apps provide delayed access to recent shows or clips.
  21. 21. Hardware
  22. 22. Apple TV
  23. 23. AirPlay
  24. 24. Roku
  25. 25. Roku • Over 1000 Channels • USB Port to add content • Development Platform • Remote with headphone jack* • Universal Search • Multiple price points
  26. 26. Google Chromecast
  27. 27. TiVo
  28. 28. TiVo • DVR • Cable or OTA connection* • Access to Online Content • Requires subscription ($15/m or $500 lifetime) • Remote scheduling
  29. 29. Smart TV
  30. 30. Connected Blu-ray Player
  31. 31. Mac mini
  32. 32. Game Consoles
  33. 33. My Cable Cutting Experience…
  34. 34. Why?
  35. 35. Rising Cost Before After
  36. 36. Not much good on TV
  37. 37. Other Commitments
  38. 38. DoYour Homework
  39. 39. What AreYou Watching? • What do you really watch? • Where are those programs available? • What are the costs for the content?
  40. 40. Antenna
  41. 41. antennaweb.org
  42. 42. My Setup
  43. 43. Primary Content Sources + +
  44. 44. What I Miss • News/Commentary • Specialty Programming • A few sporting events
  45. 45. • Lost time to mindless TV watching • More control over content • An extra $100 a month What I Gained
  46. 46. My Dream…
  47. 47. 2014 Apple TV + +
  48. 48. Ready To Get Started?
  49. 49. Here are a few questions to consider…
  50. 50. What do you watch?
  51. 51. Where is your content available?
  52. 52. Are there alternatives to your current service?
  53. 53. What equipment do you have and what does it support?
  54. 54. Any technology limitations?
  55. 55. Cost of initial investment?
  56. 56. Monthly costs for content?
  57. 57. What are your realistic monthly savings, if any?
  58. 58. Is everyone on board?
  59. 59. Is it worth the hassle?
  60. 60. Common Mistakes • Buying unnecessary gadgets • Spending too much on content • Getting overly complicated • Forgetting to consider the rest of the household
  61. 61. Thanks! http://www.katiefloyd.me @katiefloyd

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