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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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VLC recently launched for the iPhone
It has launched for the iPhone? I thought VLC only launched their mobile player for the iPad.

If ATV2 does in deed gets apps, then a good one would be the CineXPlayer. This allows me to play XVID files on my iPhone. It would be nice if i could move this functionality to the ATV2 too.
I also can not get the iTune server to work on my DNS-323. Can someone tell me what the benefit would be for this anyway? Now I just manually add the media from my 323 to iTunes.
Fedex just dropped off my ATV2 an hour ago. The setup was very quick. I am pleasantly surprised at how good this is. I connected through wifi and I played a few movies and TV shows form my itunes library. Very good quality on my 56" DLP. I played some HD videos I had recorded and the PQ was excellent. I also played some of the TV/movies I had converted for my iPhone and was very surprised at how good the PQ was on my TV. Not nearly as good as the HD shows, but watchable in my eyes. My next step is to sign up for Netflix, I am very curious how this will look.
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