Just a quick update here. I’m going insane playing with and hacking the Apple TV. I’m trying to write things up in a clear and coherent way–but please let me know which topics are the ones you want to see first (either by e-mail or leave a comment here). Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.
I’ve gotten VLC up and running and am trying to learn all the command-line nuances because using the interface is just a wee bit iffy and I want to be able to automate displaying shows without having to return to a desktop machine. Fortunately, VLC works perfectly with the Apple Remote so you can control playback (and playback volume!) directly from the Living Room/Apple TV side of things. I’m hoping to get live streaming of recording and recorded eyeTV shows up and running later today. Joost is running well (with just a few hesitations) on my 802.11g network, so I’m confident that the eyeTV streaming (for standard, not high def) TV will be able to work with VLC. Having bricked one Apple TV, I don’t have the cash to purchase an Airport Extreme (and I’m not even sure my Intel Mini is “n” capable–any hints on how to find out?), so High Def streaming is going to have to wait a bit.
Finally, proof of gaming on Apple TV. Yes, I’m controlling it over VNC. So it’s kind of a lame gaming example, but there you have it.