Hi. I'd like to see a comparison between the Apple TV (2nd generation, which I think is the latest) and the Western Digital TV Live Plus. Nearly all of the comparisons I've come across are pretty dated, and not directly relevant to what I want to know. You can see the WD TV Live editions here: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/homeentertainment/mediaplayers/ A quick note: I own the WD TV Live Plus, which is not the latest generation. Pros of the WD TV Live Plus: Media is stored onto an external hard drive (my external is 1.5 TB) and connected to the WD via USB. You can network the WD to access any computer in the house, so you can play media from those sources as well. The WD can play a whole bunch of file-types. My computer does NOT have to be on in order for the WD to be functional. Minus the external hard drive to which it is connected, it is a stand-alone unit. The WD does NOT have to be connected to the internet or any network in order to function. Cons of the WD TV Live Plus: The digital interface sucks. It's very boring, especially when compared to the Apple TV. But this isn't a deal breaker. I think you can add a wireless card to it, but otherwise it does not support wifi. Questions about the Apple TV (generation 2 or later): Does the Apple TV have to be connected to the internet or to any network in order to function? Does a computer (with or without iTunes) have to be turned on in order for the Apple TV to function? Can I simply connect my external hard drive to the Apple TV and play all my content onto my TV from there? Please make any other comments about the Apple TV relevant to its functionality.