Well from a guy who actually owned 7 different media player wd live, wd live plus, pivos, apple tv 1, apple tv 2, xstreamer, and mk802 I would take a wd live plus, xstreamer or pivos over a unjailbroken apple tv anyday. Apple tv without a jailbreak with the exception of airplay is useless because it's too restrictive, you can't play your own video files unless you stream it through itunes, you can't hook up an external drive to it and your only source of audio and video is the itunes. (not counting netflix and such because other media player has that too). the only decent free source for video is the youtube player.
Now on the other hand a jailbroken apple tv is by far the best media player I own. with airparrot you can wireless display windows pc screen to your tv not just from a Mac or IDevice, with xbmc you have access to everything netflix will give you and more for free. There's a web browser you can install, tv guide service that will alert you when your next favorite tv series episode will play. it can automatically index and load movie thumbnails and summaries for all your video files just by telling it to scan your video folder. watch live tv in many languages, though you can't hook an external drive directly to it you can browse network drives and nas drives and the list goes on....
Looks to be on again? My option says in store pickup only but I'm thinking I might swing by the store that has them in stock when I'm in Phx tomorrow for other errands. I might also try Amazon matching to save the driving around town
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