Originally Posted by @homenow
I think that the two most needed things for Apple TV are a rental/subscription service and access to some form of InterNet TV solution.
That's the tipping point for me. As it stands now, the iTV has no chance of seeing my living room. Without some major sources of live content, or heck, even a sign that they're trying -- with a few channels of streaming live FOXnews/CNN/whatever, and ESPN. Yes the licensing deals would be an issue, but, it's usually not the Apple way to provide a half-as* device like this. They are masters of striking the goldmine of deals (iTMS for starters). I'm sure they could have easily brokered a very nice deal to get some great ***LIVE*** <BOLD x 100>LIVE</BOLD x 100>.
The other problem I have with it is that what was mentioned before. It's too reliant on another Mac. It's almost like they're just pushing to make your Mac (the one you use for....you know.....work, and stuff) 2nd class server. I can't stress enough, how much I don't want to have my Mac being stressed itself with having to delegate out all of this content. When I'm editing a movie, playing a game, or doing anything on my Mac -- while my kids are downstairs on an iTV pulling tons of content from my same Mac; and also having my wife on her iTV in our bedroom pulling even more data/bandwidth/CPU/RAM resources away from my Mac -- I don't want all of those resources bogging down my computer.
If anything, the iTV should have been equipped with a massive hard drive(s) (or at least an iTV+ model) to act as THE server/file repository. This option would have made much more sense to me......
Then if I have some movies to watch, they're all on my **expandable** iTV's system (we should just refer to it as the mainframe/hub of the house in this case). Then in the more-rare case that I want a movie on my Mac instead of the iTV, it'll stream it back to me, or any Mac in my house. This workflow seems much more logical to me, as my iTV device would be always-on (unlike my power hungry G5 and older CTR iMac). In its current incarnation (incantation?) it works just the opposite of what I'd like, my Macs have to stay on all the time (otherwise I have to run in the other room to boot up my G5 if I want 'movie A', or go in the basement to boot up my hot-CRT-iMac (which heats up the house, works nicely as a space heater as well) to get 'movie B'. All of that time spent running around, I could have just burned a DVD and brought downstairs -- you get my point
Too long of a story short.......how many of you think they should have flipped the entire conception around 180°?
Without going on too much more, they really should have sold an XServer-like device (stripped down, just storage, doesn't need a ton of RAM or CPU speed) for the home media hub. In fact, this is what the Airport Extreme should have been. Like said above, the AirportServerExtreme should have been a router, usb network printer hub (as it is now), AND include a networked storage volume(s) -- at least on par with what the iTV's puny drive is at 40gb -- that would have not added much price at all, and the attractiveness of the product would have gone sky-high....
Then you can buy iTV "hubs" that use that main central storage repository. In practice, the total price the consumer pays wouldn't be all that much more since the iTV is dumbed down (even more) so it costs less, and the AirportServerExtreme would be a bit more to produce, but make up the price. All in all, they could have upped the price on the package (sold together of course) to even $500 and they'd make an absolute killing. Now THAT would make a captivating product that wouldn't stand a chance at failing. And fills a much-needed gap, intelligently.