"Awesome, but..."4.0 starson by tw1975
Pros: Airplay, HD video rentals from iTunes, Mac access via WiFi/wired network, iCloud, flawless HD video playback from iTunes
Cons: Currently just ten apps or "channels" to choose from.
No Amazon Video or Youtube movie rental option, No Pandora
Summary: Disclaimer: I have a Mac as my primary computer, iPad 2, and iPhone 4. I also have an Acer netbook that I use regularly and two rooted Android phones, and until recently, had an HP laptop as well. I'm not a particular Apple/Windows/Android "fanboy"... I like it all. I'm a tech glutton. lol
I bought the Apple TV after donating the laptop, that I used to play DVDs and online movies rented from Amazon, Youtube, etc, via HDMI to my television. So aside from the Mac, I now had no other way to play a DVD, so after considering buying a blu ray player or media box like the Apple TV or Roku, I decided to give the Apple TV a go.
Well I must say that right off the bat I was somewhat disappointed to see very few options for video and audio entertainment, and nearly all of it being premium (that is, there was no Pandora, Slacker radio), which are standard on the Roku and certain Blu ray players. There is however an option to tune into internet radio stations. But there's no way to add more apps/channels...?
But for full length movies, it was basically Netflix or iTunes to get them, or stream from the Mac's hard drive. With Netflix's streaming video selections being pretty substandard, that leaves iTunes as the sole source for renting current movies. We did rent a movie through iTunes and it played in clear HD absolutely WONDERFULLY, not one instance of buffering, skipping, stopping, etc, like it did with the old laptop over a wired modem.
So while that was all well and good, I still wished I could rent from Redbox and enjoy it on the big screen, rather than forking over $4-5 a movie that's just $1 a block from the house.
So it turns out I still really like Redbox for renting videos, and so my Apple TV went back to the store for a refund, and I came home with a web-enabled blu ray player, loaded with Amazon/Youtube/etc apps, that meets all my needs for now.
I've heard that Apple is taking another approach to the TV market, and I'm looking forward to seeing what they'll bring us.