Since the firmware update it now works on my older DVI TV. Although it displays 480p (you can tell if you go to the "about" menu option). Still 480p looks good enough to my poor eyes. I'm not expecting Blu-Ray quality from Netflix on a TV that only goes up to 1080i anyway. 720p (which the TV supports) would have been better but I'll settle with the 480p and it actually working. It does take a few second to handshake and get the picture worked out though but that's ok.Really disappointed in ATV2 so far for one big reason - it doesn't work with my HDTV.
A little searching on the Apple discussions site and it seems to be a firmware issue with the ATV2 and DVI inputs. The TV I want to use it with supports 480i, 480P, 720P and 1080i via DVI and my PVR and Blu-Ray players have no problems with it via a HDMI->DVI cable. But plug in the ATV2 and no-dice
That is my observation too. My son was watching Apple Trailers and I noticed ones that he went back to re-watch would play instantly. So I image all content that is streamed not just the movies reside on the 8GB. I suppose you could have 3 or 4 SD movies sitting in the buffer at any given time.it will flush the buffer to make room for the new one
That's not a bad suggestion and I actually did consider this as a temporary solution. The problem is that I went into iTunes on my iMac and a bunch of the movies I wanted to rent are listed as SD only. Then I looked at the fine print on the movie description and it says "Also available in HD on iPad and Apple TV". Dohhh!!!Have you tried downloading the rental into your rental into your itunes library and streaming it that way? (My understanding is that you can do this) At least you'd be able to see if the stuttering during the download is via your isp or something internal.
I'm pretty sure they are using the 8GB to do movie buffering. If you start a movie and authorize it and then pause it right away the movie will still continue to download. You can check that on the progress bar when you hit play and then pause. As most of the HD movies are anywhere from 3 to 5GB each it's a safe bet the movie has to buffer somewhere. If everything is working correctly, the movie "should" be streaming as fast as your network will allow and buffering while playing.IMHO Apple does not save anything aside from its OS in that 8Gb Flash. My guess is they're saving it for app storage in a future iOS update. I'm sure they could store rented videos there but that would put a limit on app space (assuming that's what Apple's planning for the ATV2).
Apple trailers are not very large, a handful could easily fit into available RAM, that's why you might get instant replay.
Rant: Why on earth can't apple add Netflix and AirPlay to the original ATV?