Computer for the Living Room (Media Playback, TV Hookup)

Perc

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I have a Mac Mini and an Apple TV hooked up to my TV. The ATV is used for hours every day, mainly for Plex, Youtube and Netflix. The Mini is mostly a Plex server these days which is a huge waste of hardware.

The only time I actually use the Mini as a playback device is when I want to watch content only available through a web browser. Even that isn't mission critical since it takes two mouse clicks to clone the display from any of my other Macs to the ATV. That's what I would do if I didn't already own the Mini.

And yeah, I also do Skype meetings on the TV from time to time. Cheap webcam on top of the TV plugged into the Mini. My surround system makes an awesome speakerphone. :D My guess is you won't be doing that though.
 

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I agree with others here that the NUC is the way to go. You'll want a new one (NUC7xxx) as the built in GPU can decode 4k 264/265 natively. I would run the Plex server on the NUC as things like subtitles require transcoding on the server.
 

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do you trust any of the providers to keep coming up with security patches for those?
if phoneproducers hardly come out with security updates (and only for 2 years), i'm not placing much trust in them
 

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For a cheap 1080p setup nothing beats an RPi with Kodi. And when 4K becomes mainstream there will be an updated version of the RPi that can handle 4K.
 

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In the meantime, I have purchased a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B. So far, I'm very happy with it.
 
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