> Have you used a TV lately? Have you seen the hideous and convoluted set of menus to configure the darn thing?
...which you do exactly how often? Those menus are there for initial setup and represent things that would simply be missing on an Apple interface. The usual TV controls are very basic things that are well recognized and also missing from Apple interfaces (like volume control).
The fanboys are simply trying to wag the dog here.
> Configuring any external input is also a hassle
As compared to what? Simply not bothering? A popup menu and some arrow keys is really not as horrible as all that.
> features like Internet access and photo albums. Most people don't use any of that crap because it's such a pain to figure out.
...and Apple is going to save us all by giving us an interface that takes whatever organization you have imposed on your photos and removing it? Hardly. That kind of nonsense is why people already jailbreak their ATVs.
> Imagine being able to hook up your DVD player by just plugging in the cable and clicking a button.
You mean like now?
> But most importantly, imagine navigating the entire set of options, channels, and other features with a simple little remote with a handful of buttons.
No. The "handfull" is simply going to castrate the user experience. Anything that's deemed "too geeky" will simply be removed from the experience. Orwellian rhetoric will follow.
I think it's you that hasn't used a TV lately.