There has been a lot of discussion about the iPhone but much less about the AppleTV and I was wondering what people think about it. Personally, I don't see a use for it, partially because I don't watch TV that much. But even if I did, I think I'd go a very different route to accomplish watching digital content on the TV (and probably cheaper).
My question is, what are the equipment requirements (computer and peripherals) to do the following:
- Computer with a DVD drive capable to playing DVDs.
- DVI/VGA to XXX adapter to use the (HD)TV as a monitor (not sure about the options here).
- TV-in card to be able to record TV on computer, and potentially write it to DVD (assuming of course that it is legal to do so). For satelite TV, one can have the receiver switch automatically to certain channels when certain program starts, and then have the computer start recording at a same time.
As a bonus one could hook the computer up to a stereo for improved audio as well as installing MAME for some retro arcade action.
My feeling is that one could do this easily with a 3-4 years old computer (PC or Mac) and the cost would only be as much (or less) than the AppleTV. Of course the case would not be as elegant, but one could throw out the standard DVD player (if one lets the computer just go to sleep).
Am I missing something here? Why would I want the AppleTV?