Originally Posted by dbachman
I am a little disappointed that the ATV3 does not support more video codecs and make it easier for users to stream their home movies to their ATV without having to jailbreak. I understand Apple has kept the product Apple centric, but there would be increased demand if it was able to do more natively. Most consumers don't know or want to mess with jailbreaking in order to increase its functionality.
I was also hoping that Apple would put more gaming functionality into the remote via app utilization similar to the Roku XS. This isn't a major selling point to some, but to others it would be and it would cut into the Roku market share. These are just things I see that would make it more appealing to a broader group of consumers and make the ATV3 more of a "must have" item.
The solution to the more codec problem is to get rid of the unnecessary codecs, not to keep encouraging them. They are simply no longer needed. It has nothing to do with keeping things Apple centric though I see nothing wrong with Apple making sure its products work together.
AirPlay more than makes up the game aspect of the Roku 2XS which is not a cheap product. The advantage the Roku has is mainly native Hulu+. Put that on the ATV and things would change quite a bit. I do admit that the Roku2 is a very interesting streamer. The ATV(), Boxee Box and Roku2 seem to be the only really interesting ones out there but the Boxee Box is too expensive and had that Intel SoC noose.
I really don't think games would add anything to the ATV. AirPlay is there for light games. Even an app store wouldn't do much. Have a look at the Google TV pathetic app store. There just aren't that many apps that make sense on a TV. That is why AirPlay is a pretty neat solution.
It would be nice for the ATV to have native access to Hulu+ though after using that service for a while I find it hard to imagine the appeal. Poorly organized, strange movies, good TV shows, etc... It's a bit of a mess compared to Netflix.
Someone has to go in there and organize their service. There are gems to be found in there but they aren't easy to find.