I don't want to throw away money for something I could easily do myself.
Only you know whether you're up to doing it yourself, so after you read up on what's involved and what your different options are with either the aTV1 or the aTV2, if the language and instructions seem to far out of your comfort zone, or if you just feel like saving time and/or frustration, it's certainly viable to pay something extra for someone else's expertise.http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/...apple-tv-hack/http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?t=111197http://support.firecore.com/entries/387605http://www.stmlabs.com/projects/crystalhd-for-appletv/http://wiki.awkwardtv.org/wiki/Main_Page
I like my aTV2 just the way it is, and I'll buy an aTV3 the day it is released and use it exactly the way Apple intends. But I bought a jailbroken aTV1 with the Broadcom Crystal HD card, Crystalbuntu and XBMC already installed from a guy named Ned Scott on eBay and I'm so glad I did. He's a very active poster over on the XBMC forum, and in fact was someone I had already been reading to figure more out about XBMC and how to do it myself, and somehow when I was on eBay looking around for used Apple stuff, lo and behold there's a "nedscott" there:http://myworld.ebay.com/nedscott
taking aTV1 units, opening them up, putting a Broadcom card in, and installing Crystalbuntu for you so you can play your blu ray rips at 1080p with a first gen Apple TV. He kicks back part of the purchase price to the XBMC and Crystalbuntu developers who made all that possible, which is a responsible thing to do and he provides great technical support via e-mail.
So, after you do your homework you most certainly can hack an aTV2 yourself, but there are other options that can save time and potential frustration.