Apple TV Setup: OK, I got through the first steps. ATV power on, connected to TV by HDMI cable, TV found it and my network, and I was able to test the Internet channel, which at the moment lists only YouTube and Radio.
At first I could not link ATV to iTunes; read a troubleshooting guide and it said to turn off any computers presently sharing iTunes. Done.
Now it's synching everything in my iTunes, which I suppose is OK; it's nearly all music and little else. Taking its own sweet time to copy over 4,000 tunes.
So, I have the plug-in for dvdpedia, and next will be figuring out how to add boxee, hulu, and whatever to the ATV menus. In the words of Jaysen, my aim is to create a system with
* DVD ripped to local NAS
* DVD managed via DVD-pedia and associated plugin
* HULU/Boxee front end options.
Jaysen: is this the method you're recommending?http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/ ... _apple_tv/http://boxee.zendesk.com/entries/171765 ... stallation
Observations: the Apple Remote is a little funky. With such a limited interface, I still get stuck in menus and have trouble backing out. Screen resolution is great, and I have only 720p. Brett & Vermonter: the ATV connects via a wireless router or Ethernet, and it's best on a fast Internet connection.
Just after I purchased the ATV, rumors began to swirl that Apple was working on a new version that would be a $99 USB plug-in, allowing wireless interaction between laptop or iPad and TV. Oh well; if that's true, look for the old ATVs to start dropping in price.