Apple TV vs MacMini: I just had an interesting conversation with a friend interested in buying an Apple TV. I told her I'd never buy one, not in its current state. With few exceptions, everything you do on the AppleTV is just going to cost you more money.
Want to watch a movie on Apple TV? Pay up.
Want to watch a tv show on Apple TV? Pay up.
Want to put a DVD you already own (or just rented) in an Apple TV? Sorry, no DVD slot.