Loc: Yuba City, California
aTV's USB port is inert by design, however aTV Flash provides the drivers necessary to use it.
aTV Flash is a substitute OS that replaces Apple's OS on the aTV. Installing it increases the enjoyment ten-fold. It'll cost you fifty-bucks but it's more than worth it.
My advice to anyone, would be to pickup a refurb'd or used unit and invest a bit of money into it and turn it into the device Jobs had imagined. If I didn't know better, I'd swear Jobs has a hacked aTV as well.
It's a personal decision, whether to hack or not. I owned the aTV for about four months before deciding how limited it truly is; it's still a work in progress according to Apple, and why they still refer to it as a hobby.
One thing is certain; if Apple could deliver an aTV with the capabilities I've added to mine, they'd sell a million in month.
aTV Flash will unlock XBMC and Boxee and many of the television channels bundled by the cable companies and cost extra. A few of my favorites are CurrenTV, G4 TV, ESPN, National Geographic, PBS, College TV, etc.
You can also find archived television channels from the networks offering shows like, Lucy, Petticoat Junction, Dragnet, Perry Mason, Defenders, Gun Smoke, Paladin, etc. All of it is streamed to your living room from the internet, twenty-four hours a day, everyday and costs nothing. As for the television channel viewing, you can instruct XBMC to either stream or download the programming to your drive.
I have a 500GB drive I use for my media, so I don't have to stream. Once in awhile I connect the drive to my Mac and do a little house cleaning.
I also have access to my Mac's media over the network, including EyeTV archives.
My entertainment center is controlled by my iPod Touch.
Avatar 1080p is awesome. I thought I would have been disappointed after watching the iMax 3D version, but I have to say, my refreshment counter more than made up for it.
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