I got all excited on news of an update, enticed all the more by Apple's new and improved site for ATV, until realizing this merely a software rather than hardware change. Given the many problems I've read concerning ATV 3.0, it hardly seems a pleasant transformation, and promise yet realized. With all the apparent frustration out there, why exactly should I buy an ATV? To download HD movies only offered via ATV, is there any other reason? I've been told it is possible and relatively easy to connect this MacBook directly to a widescreen television. Wouldn't that work as well or perhaps even better, particularly since most any file I have would play (which seemingly is not always the case with ATV)? Perhaps I am missing something here, being entirely possible, but would appreciate the pros and cons of such a dilemma. And if someone has happily bypassed ATV, I'd like to know exactly how accomplished and how well this works for you. Meanwhile, much of what I've read concerning ATV sounds reminiscent of Snow Leopard, which I DO have some experience with (to my great regret at times). So left wondering if Apple is intentionally trying to sabotage its customer relations, or just taking us for granted?