Originally Posted by Louzer
First problem with this device. It requires a mac/pc to actually work (so its not a $300 device, its a $1000 device).
Do you use this logic in the supermarket, too? "Oh, I need an oven to cook this chicken... so it really costs $506, not $6."
You already have an oven. You don't factor it into every item you use in conjunction with it. Likewise, you already have a computer.
Second problem. You go down to your entertainment center and get a DVD. Go upstairs, pop open the box, turn on your Mac, pop DVD into mac. (Make sure you've got your firewall set up correctly!). Go back downstairs, get comfy on the couch. Grab the remote, hit play. Damn, you put in the extras disk! Get off the couch, climb back up the stairs, pop out the disk, put in other disk, go back down, get comfortable again, hit play, fall asleep in five minutes from all the stair climbing.
Why would you use this as a DVD player? What, 80% of American's have a DVD player? Why would you even try to use this as one? Just use your DVD player.
If Apple's trying to get into the entertainment center, they should look into replacing the DVD player, not try to force your hand to buying digital stuff on their store.
This does replace the DVD player. Why would I go to Walmart when I can have an instant download playing immediately? Physical media is a thing of the past.
What you're asking for is for an option on the Ford Model T to still be drawn by horses.
Also, the Apple TV isn't just for videos from the iTunes store. You can play podcasts, any iPod-ready video, and, if you're willing to transcode, any movie file.
(And what's the deal with this thing not having an off switch? What reason does it need to run 24/7 for?)
Does it seriously not have an off switch? What's your source on that?