so I got an Apple TV to try out on the chance that Channels DVR will be a viable product. sad news that they hit a roadblock on DRM, but I'm still hoping that the dvr will become a reality.
I was surprised by how limited the functionality there was out of the box. you have to find an app for almost everything you want to do.
I like Channels TV, but I rarely watch live TV. the rewind function is nice when I do.
I got Plex, but haven't tried it out yet because it doesn't work with the NAS that I have.
I found out something interesting with the Infuse Pro app. you can use it to watch WMC recordings in-progress. it won't play some WTV files but I haven't figured out why. none of them were protected recordings.
Infuse Pro won't play WMV files even though it is listed as supported.
I got OneVideo for music and picture files.
most of the major networks and cable channels have apps and on-demand. this can supplement a dvr but not replace it since you have to watch the commercials. I don't know if it was intentional or not but one quirk I noticed is that BBC America will frequently run the same commercial several times in a row in the same break and repeat it it for the next break.
I'm not a fan of the Apple TV remote. it is difficult to tell which end is up in the dark.