Potential Capabilities

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  • Xgrid node - working
  • Allow the AppleTV to access network storage via Samba (SMB). Remove iTunes requirement? - working
  • VLC video player from frontrow (replace Quicktime?). If so, support for H.264, VOB files, DivX, MPEG2/4, streaming radio, files from NAS...
  • Dvd Iso/video_ts folder playback with cover art (via atvfiles?)
  • Stream/sync additional formats (codecs)
  • Receive streaming content (e.g. internet radio) like an Airport Express can - working (not exactly like AirTunes, but close)
  • Increase internal storage and connect external storage
  • Control the Apple TV remotely, e.g. by SSH or VNC
  • Explore the possibilities of a Linux-based Media Center
  • Access AirPort Disc from Apple TV - Use ATV-shareMounter and mount it as an AFP Volume
  • Control AppleTV with Keybord Arrows (AppleTV runing on Mac Pro without IR)
  • Connect a TV tuner for recording
  • Connect USB DVD drive for playback of CDs and DVDs
  • Airport-like base station - Done by apple as part of Take2 update
  • Flash video support
  • Fileserver SFTP and AFP working.
  • Webserver Apache, Working.
  • iChat node using USB webcam
  • Run photobooth with USB webcam
  • USB printserver
  • Network attached storage
  • Radio streaming player
  • MPDServer
  • SqueezeCenter
  • Cluster node
  • Digital signage client
  • Arcade/console emulator
  • Run Linux
  • Software Supported: VLC, Firefox, VNC, sshd, ARD
    • for vnc / ARD use normal instructions for vnc kickstart [1] [2] etc
  • Run Joost, making the Apple TV a Joost set-top box
  • Work as an In Car Entertainment(ICE)/Carputer/CarPC unit
  • Install Java (this open a new world: applications, games, ...) - partly working (Install Java)
  • Overclocking the CPU
  • Parallels + Windows, or native Windows boot (games: original XBox has only 64mb... :) )
  • HD-DVD player using Xbox 360 HD-DVD player hooked up to USB port.
  • Install some or all of the OS X Server services (VPN, DNS, DHCP, FireWall, OpenDirectory ...)
  • Install Salling Clicker
  • Front end for MythTV MythTV Working.
  • UPNP client for back-end Media Server, such as MythTV provides.
  • Playback Full HD 1080p using additional Broadcom_HD_Decoder hardware

Please remember that there is only 256MB RAM available for everything. Servers usually use a lot of memory.