Originally Posted by michaeltscott
My problem with the ATV is that Netflix is the only thing that it does that I'm interested in, and it's a little expensive for that in this day and age. If I buy another device, it will have full-featured Netflix, Amazon and VUDU--give me those and I'm good, though HBO GO and Epix would be nice.
Agreed. I went to the trouble of installing XBMC on the ATV2 and now it is more than worth the $99 price. However this only provides playback on my home network, it doesn't address the services that you're talking about.
With that said, the apple TV definitely has the best Netflix user interface. I'd go as far to say that all other netflix interfaces are pathetically bad. Not just bad, but embarrassingly so. I honestly don't understand why such a large corporation, with the money to pay graphics and interaction designers, has a product that looks like web pages from 1997. Some people might be OK with the current offerings, but I bet even those people will eventually look back and agree, the interfaces from this era are complete crap.
My prediction is that within the next year or two, netflix will finally realize/acknowledge this shortcoming and release drastically improved interfaces for most of the modern players. The apple TV netflix interface is good, but by no means the pinnacle of video library browsing.
But perhaps we shouldn't hold our breaths. They're still working on the basics, like outputting sound and video properly. Don't get me started on needing to manually change A/V settings according to each stream I'm about to watch. Ludicrous!
Unfortunately, no single player has everything worked out. Either audio tracks have to be manually selected, DD+ unavailable, 5.1 unavailable, 1080p unavailable, frame rate configurable but must be manually selected, unable to output 24p, horrible user interface, etc. So for now, each consumer will have to decide which shortcoming they can tolerate.