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I agree. I am a bit concerned about the idea of streaming video via Wi-Fi from my phone, to the router, then from the router to the Apple TV. Two wireless legs sounds like it could be asking for trouble. If I was a savvy developer working for Apple, I think a cool approach would be that when you push the button to send the video to the Apple TV, that it actually uploaded the app (or some portion of it), which then started up on the Apple TV and got whatever video it wanted to play on its own. Obviously, if you're streaming a video that truly does reside on your iOS device, it would need to stream it from there. But if you were searching for and starting up a Netflix movie from your iPhone, or a Hulu show, or using AirVideo, the app running on Apple TV could get the video from the online (or network) source, rather than needing to have it pass through the iOS device at all. Then, the iOS device would just serve as a remote control.
But perhaps I'm worrying too much and the playback will be flawless. Another approach that they might use (assuming it's possible), to at least remove one leg in the journey, would be for the iOS device to stream *directly* to the Apple TV via Wi-Fi (i.e., not have to travel through your wireless router).
I also wonder how multitasking will work on your iOS device while you're watching something streaming through it. If I get a call, does the movie have to stop? I guess we'll know the answer to that in about a month.
In other news, I got an email newsletter from Apple yesterday informing me that Iron Man 2 in HD was now available to rent. Not sure what happened with that, since it was demoed during Jobs' keynote but then ended up not being available for rent day-and-date with the disc. But apparently it got a week delay, which seems a bit abnormal (usually these delays are more like a month).
The newsletter also indicated that iTunes now had Food network shows available for purchase. I took a look and they're only available for purchase, not rental, not all shows are covered, and they're only in SD. Still, it's nice to see them there. The Food network is one of the channels that my wife considers a must-have, and asks about whenever I bring up the subject of cutting cable.
That said, even if they had all the shows, and all available for rent, I'm not sure if I'm on board with the idea of paying 99 cents per show for anything I want to watch. I know that everyone hates advertising, but I personally would happily live with a model which involves getting my shows for free or a cheap monthly cost (e.g., $10), getting to see pretty much every show I want, even with a 24 hour delay on when it becomes available, and being forced to watch a couple of commercials. My only other requirement would be that I'd want them to be HD (720p).
I'd much rather watch a great movie in B&W at 240 lines of resolution than a lousy movie in 1080p with lossless audio.