With that in mind, I picked up a second ATV2 device with the intent of modifying it completely. I looked around and considered Firecore, but decided that this would be better if I did the whole modification myself. I was able to keep the installation nimble, using up very little memory and installed only the programs that I needed. XBMC became the go to product. With XBMC, there were issues that were eventually worked out, including the intermittent playback issues of movies encoded in Apple's .MV4, the defacto for the AppleTV. However, I was able to watch other movies from my NAS server without problems. More importantly, I did not need to have a computer on to stream movies to the Apple TV. A simple NAS drive with AFP or SMB protocols did the trick. Surprisingly, I was even able to play back 1080p MKV files without problems or hiccups.
|The New Apple TV Apps/Home Page|
|The Boxee Apps Page|
Still waiting for an Apple device that reads from a NAS drive without iTunes.