Posted May 07 2007 - 12:38 PM
It's nothing really formal, but it has worked out that way:
1) The mini comes with a remote control, and Front Row software, which handles streaming access to your iTunes (including video) and iPhoto albums (and there is no need for staging the files to the hard drive on the unit--true streaming access unlike Apple TV)
2) I have one of the Miglia HDTV tuners with the EyeTV software. I don't record anything there yet, but I could. Instead, I've set up a link to the EyeTV library on a networked hard drive and stream HD recordings. It works well!
3) I have a hard disk of DVD's that I own, but have put on local disk for easy access. They can be viewed using Matinee software, which is a front for Apple DVD Player. Matinee also serves for a front to Mac The Ripper.
I have not tried the new Handbrake yet, but I understand it handles chapters and 5.1 sound now, so this adds potential to having an iTunes library of high-quality content available at the touch of a button or two.
Your DVI-HDMI converter should work. The audio output on the mini is analog --and-- optical, so with the right cable you can plug directly into an A/V receiver that has Dolby Digital / DTS / etc.
Output is 1080p. DVD's are upconverted.
I use a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse.
Hope this helps!