I have been an Apple TV owner on and off since the very first one from 2007. It wasn't in the same small black puck from factor you may know from today. It was much larger, sort of a hybrid between the design of the Mac Mini of its time, and today's Mac Mini; the design cues were clearly from then, with an aluminium "band" serving as the front, sides and back, and a white-and-grey plastic top (but where the Mac Mini was a grey Apple logo on a white field, Apple TV had a white "tv" on a grey field). The measurements, however, were much more like today's Mac Mini; much lower, deeper and...
High level overview of the differences between these systems. As I am re-installing my Mac, I thought I'd first do a little research before defaulting to MacPorts (which feels somewhat natural considering I have some BSD in my past). I think I will go for HomeBrew this time around, just for the heck of it.
Wow... The Mac Mini has received an update. It now has HDMI, a new, sexy case (aluminium, unibody and much lower) and some other nice spec updates. But especially the HDMI and the new form factor scream "move over AppleTV, I'm going for the living room". Now we just have to wait for Apple to update Frontrow with the next version of OS X.
Apple gets support from an unlikely ally.