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Got my Apple TV 2.0 from FedEx this morning. Here are my first impressions:

1. Its small. I mean really small.
2. It comes with a power cord and remote. You'll need you own HDMI and optical audio cable (if you want to hook it up to your receiver).
3. Interface/controls familiar if you have any apple product.
4. Loaded the apple remote app on my iPad. Makes navigation easy - but more importantly, makes data entry (like accounts/passwords) super easy as it you can use the keyboard that pops up on the iPad.
5. Netflix - looks good but I don't like the interface as much as on the iPad. I don't think it remembers where I left off watching a recording - not sure about this yet.
6. Turned on home sharing and was able to stream anything from my iTunes library (music, video, podcasts) to the TV.
7. You can watch youtube and podcasts (not from your iTunes library).
8. Tried listening to some internet radio - as I expected it to be.
9. Only movie rentals (looks like they are around $6) - you can preview and select SD or HD. No TV shows - but you could stream them from your iTunes library if you purchased TV shows there.

All in all I am quite impressed. Fast, easy to use. I just wish it allowed streaming from outside of iTunes.
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My new Apple TV arrived today. As usual for Apple products, it's pretty slick. I can even use my iPhone as the remote. This is useful for typing in user names, passwords or searching for movies. Using the virtual keyboard with the remote is little clunky. It streams movies and music from any computer that has iTunes with Home Sharing enabled.

I tried Netflix and it works pretty well. I have not yet encountered any buffering problems as I watched an episode of Mad Men in 720p. As others have said already, the selection of new movies are scarce. However, I do find the catalog of the older movies pretty good. It would be nice if the movie info pages would show which movie was in the HD. Right now, I have to check on the Netflix website.

The lack of TV rental is noticeable. I wonder if this is a temporary thing or not. For $120, I think it's pretty good.

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