Well, I took the hype and bought an apple tv 3. Overall I like some parts but the interface feels like a pig compared to windows media center. I have really liked my iPad and I thought Apple would have nailed the apple tv as well. Luckily it was cheap so I will hang onto it. Here's my thoughts from a long-time windows media center user: When playing a slideshow on the ATV3 it is very annoying to not be able to skip songs - this will likely be a deal breaker for me. Can only skip pictures. Would be great if I could use the up button to skip songs but alas apple decided to just have the button do nothing instead. Netflix interface looks good - I will keep the ATV around just for my kids for this one feature alone so I don't have to have my HTPC turned on. Really like the remote UI is fairly ugly and non functional compared to windows media center Love the parental controls and being able to lock everything down Hate how long it takes to buffer my slideshows even though my LAN and computer are both high powered. Had to reboot the ATV3 once when it suddenly thought iTunes sharing was no longer enabled. This reminded me of the instability of WMC so I felt right at home Like how it pulls in movies I bought on blu-ray that had digital copies Love how small and absolutely quiet it is Really miss the built in DVR from WMC - this is the main reason I will never get rid of my HTPC as I need my OTA and my guess is once apple gets the rights to stream that I will have to watch commercials again. I could get an eyetv and a Mac, but even then I couldn't delete shows and schedule programming from the applemtv and couldn't watch and pause live tv. OVERALL TAKE: Wil keep the ATV3 for my kids but for me I am sticking with my HTPC. I just wish the HTPC were more reliable.