Forrester Research analyst James McQuivey recently hacked his AppleTV... and he liked it.
Tidbit taken from his blog:
The hacking was done thanks to the folks at Boxee.tv. Boxee is a little company that has been flying under the proverbial radar for some time but has recently made a splash since its open-source video player was ported to the Apple TV. Boxee tells me that they have users in the six digits and that they believe roughly half of them are Apple TV users. That means two things: a) this software solution is hot, and b) it solves the Apple TV problem for owners like me who felt like a $329 box to watch VOD was a bit silly if it couldnâ€™t also play a few other things.
Boxeeâ€™s software player essentially aggregates online video feeds from a variety of sources, including Hulu, YouTube, Comedy Central and more. It then channels those feeds into an interface that can be put on Macs, Unix boxes, and most recently, the Apple TV. So with a high-speed connection, you essentially have the most comprehensive online video library available on your TV. It navigates easily, you can even log in to Hulu to pull up your playlists and recently viewed list.
We spent some serious time watching TV shows like 30 Rock and The Simpsons on it the other night. Because it doesnâ€™t boot like a computer or require a keyboard, it was more convenient than trying to hook up one of the familyâ€™s laptops to the TV, something we do from time to time but not often because of the hassle of getting a powercord, dealing with screen savers, etc.
The rest of the blog entry can be found here.
Any CDF members also hack their Apple TVs?