no amount of money wont change the fact that the ATV3 has no holes in it to insert what the jailbreakers need. cut your losses...wait for the android port or pray that apple sees that EVERY SINGLE ATV2 has been sold but the atv3s remain on the shelf collecting dust until they "allow" a hole to be found.
So for $25 you get the "software"
For $250 you get a $99 AppleTV, and $5 MicroUSB cable and the previously mentioned $25 software. Where's the other $120 going?
The other prices are too ridiculous to post.
and the guy wants $20,000 for the project..... no thank you sir.
The ATV3 is selling better than the AZtV2. Only a small minority want to jailbreak their AZtV's, usually to run XBMC ( not optimal) or Plex (not optimal).
If you want to run XBMC use Mountail Lion's AirPlay mirroring and Rowmote on an iPod Touch.
i would like to see the numbers on the amount of people who purchased the ATV3 solely on relying on the JB to come out...im in that category. I feel that EVERY ATV2 made has been sold and since that is the case people are selling them for 3 times as much as MSRP due to this fact that they are in HIGHER demand because of this SMALL minority.
im not sure what you are classifying as "better." Maybe fiscally better...sure because they have made more of them and STOPPED producing the ATV2. i would like to see the numbers on the amount of people who purchased the ATV3 solely on relying on the JB to come out...im in that category. I feel that EVERY ATV2 made has been sold and since that is the case people are selling them for 3 times as much as MSRP due to this fact that they are in HIGHER demand because of this SMALL minority.
Im also confused on what you feel is optimal....having a native player(xbmc or plex) on the ATV3 that plays any format of video using the standard ATV3 remote sounds way more optimal to me. than 1)buying a NEWER mac to even run ML airplay...2)buying ML 3)buying an ipod touch to control airplay and 4)buying rowmote software to control it all.
im pretty sure your optimal and better definitions are incorrect.
Almost noone who bought the ATV2 jailbroke it. The ATV3 sold far better than the ATV2. The availability of a jailbreak on the ATV2 had a negligible effect on its sales. The majority of people wanting to jailbreak it and install XBMC wanted access to free grey area content, for example via Navi-X.
If you already own a newer Mac and if you have a fairly recent iDevice ML mirroring gives you a better Plex or XBMC experience than jail breaking. XBMC on the ATV2 was never very good. RowMote costs 99 cents.
If you don't own iDevices that can AirPlay to an ATV it made less sense to buy an ATV.
What I was saying is that ML mirroring to the ATV3 is a better experience, technically, than the whole jailbreak thing, which is a pain.
Finally, if you want to run XBMC or play mkv scene files there are far better options than an ATV.
agreed if you dont play your media through itunes there are better devices than the ATV
people keep saying that but the bottom line is there is nothing more cost effective and easier to setup that plays personal content better(prettier), netflix, hulu, and xbmc than an apple tv.
* apple tv 1 - great device once broadcom card is added and crystalbuntu - NO NETFLIX,hulu
* any android settop box - crap software, no XBMC support yet - none are less than $100
* revo or any other HTPC - Cost cost cost
*PS3 or Xbox 360 - cost and not pretty.
*Rasp pi or any other SOC - not quite there yet
bottom line remains that for less than $100(when is was new) an atv2 is the BEST way to get all this content
People have to stop thinking Apple is the only game in town. My tv came with Netflix, Hulu, MLB, Amazon and Plex built in. It also has a version of some sort of AirPlay but work on Windows or Android and will play any media from a directly attached USB hard drive as well as at any media from a DLNA source. Non DRM of course....all over wifi and was part of the price of the tv which I was buying anyway. It was no harder to set up than the ATV. enter user name and passwords, plug in hdd and plex automatically found running servers.
I would say my TV does everything and more than the Apple TV. The main reason I have an ATV is for iTunes content and AirPlay.
Do not get me wrong i think the ATV is great and owned one before i purchased my Smart TV(in fact I own 3), but to say nothing does what the ATV does as well for the price is false once you remove iTunes drm content from the discussion.