Originally Posted by jfanning
Um, you are actually trying to be serious? As far as media streaming devices go, I think the X-Box 360 sales dwarf the Apple TV sales, and the PS3 sales dwarf the Apple TV sales.
the vast majority of XBox and PS3 are used only as game consoles, not media extenders. TiVo's are media extenders too, but few are used that way. it would be interesting to see an actual survey of those households that really use anything as a "media extender" a lot - the breakdown among the many varieties of hardware that are available. and now limited versions of media extension are being built directly into TV sets too.
that said, no question AppleTV is falling behind the competition overall. being a part of the Apple iTunes ecosystem is nice, but there is no other compelling capability that sets it apart.
aTVFlash shows its potential, with a browser, some applications, and linkages to many other streaming services. but the UI is still old school on-screen cursor. and the hardware is underpowered, still running a version of Tiger OS.
i hope to see later this year an overhauled ATV with more power, a Leopard-based OS, and a new kind of optional UI using an iPhone/iPad, all allowing for touch control of a browser and apps displayed on your big screen TV, along with all the standard media extender functions. that could be compelling, not just a "hobby."