I have managed to borrow a Mac mini, one of the new ones, and I have connected it up to my HD TV using an HDMI cable.
After realising that I needed to change the audio output from the built in speakers to the HDMI output I was very impressed with how well it looked and worked.
I haven’t put any content on the Mac mini so far, just streaming content from my home iMac across our 802.11n wireless network.
The first thing I tried was EyeTV, using EyeTV 3 on both computers I was easily able to stream recordings from the iMac to the Mac mini. I was quite impressed with the picture quality, even though it is SD television. There was no buffering or stuttering which impressed me.
I then tried Front Row and browsed my shared photographs, which looked lovely on the big 40″ HD TV.
I then was able to browse my iMac iTunes Library from the Mac mini and was again impressed, though it made me realise I need to be better at playlists. Then I tried to stream some HD iTunes content from my iMac to the TV and fingers crossed, was it going to work?
Yes, worked really well.
I may have to get one for myself.