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 OWC Pre-configures Mac mini as HTPC
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Message Text: Other World Computing (OWC) announced today its new OWC Media Center Solution for the 2010 Mac mini.

The OWC Media Center Solution includes installing the Plex digital media management platform onto a customer?s 2010 Mac mini, upgrading the mini with 4GB of OWC RAM, and bundling all the necessary hardware - including an OWC Mercury Pro Qx2 storage solution, OWC Slim portable CD/DVD/Blu-ray disc burner, Elgato EyeTV Hybrid tuner or HD DVR, and Apple Remote ? to deliver a complete and Plug and Play Mac mini based home theatre/entertainment solution. OWC will be demonstrating the new OWC Media Center Solution and other products, like the OWC Mercury Aura Pro SSDs for MacBook Air models at the Macworld Expo, which begins today in San Francisco, California.

At the heart of the OWC Media Center Solution is Plex, the first open three screen (PC, TV, mobile) media platform. With Plex installed, Mac mini owners can watch videos, access their music library, and control their Plex media manager at home with the included Apple Remote or while mobile with any iOS Device with the Plex iOS application installed.

The OWC Media Center Solution offers pre-configured Plug and Play organization and high performance storage of all your digital media, whether from local drives, network shares, optical media, and/or the Internet in one application without having to install any additional third party plug-ins or programs.

Obtaining new content from free online sources with the OWC Media Center Solution is easy too. With the Plex App Store, a built-in library of free third-party plug ins, users can expand their media viewing choices by streaming content from websites like Apple Trailers, Hulu, Joost, Netflix, Pitchfork, Vimeo, and YouTube.

With the included OWC Mercury Pro Qx2 storage solution, users can save up to 12TB of content backed up by the safety of RAID 5. And with the optional OWC Slim portable, bus-powered CD/DVD/Blu-ray optical drive and the included MakeMKV application, users can make backups of purchased DVD and Blu-ray media and convert the files for use on any iOS and Android based device.

The OWC Media Center Solution offers a choice of either an EyeTV Hybrid to watch and record cable and broadcast TV channels broadcast in standard definition and unencrypted HD; or an EyeTV HD DVR for capturing up to 1080i HD from a cable or satellite receiver with component video connections. Once a program is recorded, it can be exported to the OWC Mercury Pro Qx2 for permanent storage and later viewing.

Pricing and ordering information for the custom configured bundle for 2010 Mac mini will be announced by the end of January, OWC said.

The OWC Media Center Solution Includes:

* OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 storage solution in choice of 4TB, 8TB, and 12TB models pre-set with folders linked to Plex Media Server.
* Optional OWC Slim portable, bus-powered CD/DVD/Blu-ray optical drive
* HDMI audio and video connection cables
* Apple remote control
* Quick Start guide

* Choice of:
o Elgato EyeTV Hybrid TV tuner stick for watching and recording cable and broadcast TV channels broadcast in standard definition and unencrypted HD.
o Elgato EyeTV HD digital video recorder (DVR) for connecting directly to a cable or satellite receiver to capture premium programming in full HD.

 
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