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I haven't had many Netflix issues on either of my ATV2s, although my use is sporadic.
Frankly, I still really love my ATVs, and other than adding Amazon Prime streaming, there's not a whole lot I'd really care to see in a update.
Actually, strike that, one HUGE thing I'd like to see, which can easily be done by Apple with a simple software update: Better management of large movie collections. I have nearly 1,000 movies (and countless TV shows) hosted on my network, and the interface, a simple A-Z list, is getting really cumbersome to scroll through. "Unwatched" trims the list somewhat, but is useless for actually already-watched movies, of course, and the Genre tab is useless since most movies are tabbed with more than one genre and the way the ATV interface lists every combination separately renders that fairly useless. Some way to organize this all better (also, critically, a tab that organizes by "date added" so I can bring up newly-added movies) would be a HUGE benefit. Thank goodness for the little "gallery" that comes up when you select the Computer icon on the main screen, which shows approx 10 most-recently added (and watched) movies/shows/songs (I forget the actual number, but 10 sounds about right). That's a huge help, but if I want something that's one older than 10 most recent, a-scrolling I will go... LAME. I have iPads and iPhones, and the remote app helps, but it's a bit cumbersome to pull out every time, unlock, find the remote app, launch, connect to the correct ATV, and finally start typing. I'm sure the UI geniuses at Apple can come up with a better way for us to manage large collections of movies and shows. (Music interface suffices as-is, for me)
But even without the ATV3, the 720p video quality on my ATV2 remains beautiful, on both a 40" Sony LCD and a 65" Panny Plasma. Of course, anything that I truly care about, from a sound or PQ standpoint, gets watched directly off the blu-ray. Still, plenty of casual content available for movies and shows where the ultimate in PQ is not essential. (dramas, most TV shows, etc.)
Short of a major update that will allow me to stream full-quality BR rips with uncompressed audio in 7.1 (I'll have to start buying a lot more storage, in that case), I really can't think of what I want in a hardware update. Maybe Siri for voice search? And some sort of microphone, preferably one that still lets me use my Harmony remote, of course. But otherwise, aside from longing for those few software updates, I'm very satisfied with my ATV2s. I'd upgrade to an ATV3, but... why bother?