OWC will also install the Plex Media Center software, and create folders on the RAID that link to the software. The company also pre-loads HandBrake and MakeMKV to let you rip your purchased DVDs and Blu-ray discs for use with the system. An external Blu-ray drive will be an optional add-on, as will be additional RAM and either Elgato’s EyeTV HD ( ) or EyeTV Hybrid ( ) TV viewing/recording hardware.
As OWC freely admitted during the demo, you could build a similar media center yourself, but the company wants to make it easy for those without the time or savvy for such a DIY project.
OWC will start offering the upgrade in February, but hasn’t announced pricing yet. However, the RAID from OWC currently sells for between $550 and $1400 depending on capacity, so expect to spend more than the cost of the Mac mini itself.