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See full color reproduction/image quality comparisons HERE

Attempting to mainstream 1080p IMO is the best feature of this device. Now only to wait content to catch up thumb.gif
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Why no gigabit ethernet??

Also, it's about time for the 1080p...
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It's about time to abolish data caps. Then we can really go crazy with innovation biggrin.gif
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Hopefully this will do something to data caps combined with the iPad 3.

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With XBMC I could see this being a very popular media player, I mean $99 is much less than your average HTPC...
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What really makes the Apple TV different than any other TV device is the way it interacts with iTunes and iOS devices. With the new iPad, iPad 2, and the iPhone 4S is forwarding your screen to the entire TV via WiFi. With older devices, like the iPhone 4 and the iPad 1, you can forward videos and certain apps to the Apple TV as well. Other phones require you to buy a separate dock or have it attached to the TV via a special HDMI cable.

Also being able to put your music and videos on your iTunes directly to the Apple TV, at least for me, eliminates putting in a HTPC. I know it only accepts certain formats, but for me I just throw it through Handbrake to convert it to the Apple TV format and it's good to go. I use it more than I use the 3 consoles I have to watch Netflix. Also renting movies on there is way cheaper than doing it though DISH. It's $4.99 for a new release in 1080p while on DISH it's $6.99 for the 720p rentals on DISH. I know it's a bit more expensive than going through Redbox or a video store, but that adds about another 1/2 an hour to watching a movie. If I want to watch a movie, I want to watch it now rather than wasting time getting it.

Not having gigabit Ethernet can be a downer, but how many people actually have a hardwire connection right next to their TV? WiFi is much more of a convenience.

Also one of the hidden features about the Apple TV is that you can program any remote to use it. Since I have a tendency to lose the aluminum remote that comes with it, I just ended up programming the DVD setting on our Vizio TV remote to use it. At least we can't lose that controller!
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I just throw it through Handbrake to convert it to the Apple TV format and it's good to go.
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I own a Roku 2 XS and my parents have an Apple TV (2G). I have used both and like different aspects of each. If I needed to buy one again, I'd get another Roku. It has much more free programming to offer, is already 1080P, USB input, and better remote (motion sensing). It also has a lot of open source development. The Apple TV has a better menu system, but I don't see much else going for it unless you are really iTunes-centric or have an iPad for Airplay. Airplay isn't as great or useful though as people make it out to be in my opinion. There are a lot of Android programs being developed for the Roku, so I think something similar will be coming.
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