Originally Posted by bowmah
That is exactly what I was saying. "If you don't like to tinker / JB, ATV is not for you... unless you want to use it within the Apple ecosystem." I am not addressing anything about a general media streamer. Was responding to a @bodosom who said a JB ATV has no advantages. I disagree.
For most, not all, the problem comes down to wanting to play mkv files. If that's your aim then the ATV is not for you ( though transcoding takes a minute using iFlicks, iVI, etc...). The so-called Apple ecosystem is not as closed as some would have you believe. Sure it doesn't support legacy codecs. It shouldn't given that you want to have some reasonable standards. It's not as though any other major player is supporting every codec in the world. Most purchases seem to be mp4 so why bother with mkv?
You can pretty well do anything you want with an ATV. What you can't do is easily stream from questionable sites, play mkv files. For people with iDevices it is far more flexible than say a Roku. What a JB gets you is XBMC/Plex. What many want is XBMC, especially for some of the AddONs.
I guess I am questioning the need for a JB at this point. You can do a lot with the ATV3 as is. Moreover it has a great Netflix client and a Hulu+ client which finally makes sense out of that disorganized site. You also get iTunes streaming and most importantly AirPlay.