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AppleTV has only been a worthwhile product once it is jailbroken. Apple designs for use with Apple in a Apple based world with Apple based people, buying from Apple and just generally acting like fruits.
I bought a AppleTV as my first media player and was so thoroughly disappointed with the requirement to keep a PC running iTunes 24/7 to get videos to my AppleTV that it was rarely used. To top it off, the extremely difficult nature of adding my own content to it proved to be a real headache.
There were better choices then, there are better choices now. Siri I'm sure will let you pick one of the movies which you have bought from the iTunes store just fine, or one of the ones you painstakingly loaded into AppleTV yourself. It doesn't really solve anything, but gives us another way to do things.
Of course, the XMedia bar interface of AppleTV is extremely limiting for those who have large collections, so they DO need a solution.
One of my biggest gripes is that Apple still delivers a far better user experience for those already locked into the Apple world. That is, the GUI is responsive and slick, even if it isn't the best. It looks good, and AppleTV tends to respond far more rapidly than other media players which I have tried.
Others could learn a lot from that, but Apple certainly has a lot to learn as well.
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