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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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Sorry, no previous Apple TV - this is my first.

Update on Netflix - you can't tell which episodes of a TV series you have watched. When you select one, if you are in the middle it will ask if you want to resume watching or start from the beginning. Not as friendly as on the iPad, PC or PS3.

Tried out Flickr - very nice. Quick viewing of photos. With the iPad running Apple Remote, you can flick left and right to go through the photos.
You can only stream what is in your iTunes library, including video, music, podcasts, pictures.

It accesses home share iTunes on any computer in your home - or you can enter a code and access iTunes libraries not in the home share. Can't access a NAS, unless of course the iTunes library points to a file on the NAS.

Netflix starts up pretty much immediately (like it does on all other devices). Watching a paid movie or trailer is slower to start - it buffers a bunch before starting - likely to keep the stream at a constant bit rate, like youtube. Quality looks good.

I haven't found any 5.1 audio yet...
Yes, it does have the floating picture screen saver. If you play music, you can go to flickr and the music keeps playing as well. You have the choice of different photo display options, which kind of photos, including mobile me, iTunes, flickr, or stock photos.
Harmony setup for Apple TV

Just setup my harmony to work with Apple TV. Works like a charm.
I'm hoping that Airplay will allow streaming video from any application, not only from "Apple" applications.
Perhaps I'm missing something. I thought the only way to view photos on Apple TV is either via iTunes or Flickr. I don't khink you view photos from a Windows directory directly.
Yes you can. Anything in your iTunes library can be streamed as long as you have home sharing turned on.
You can select Apple TV on your harmony. Just have to hunt for it.
Right, no buttons assigned but all you need are the arrow keys and the select button (thats all the apple tv remote have).
On the old Apple TV, did the movies start right away, or did they buffer a lot before starting? The new Apple TV has no hard drive, so it can't buffer much of the movie before playing.
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