The best part of the new Front row is that you can browse your local network for media to play. That isn’t just your MP3 SMB fileserver, that is also your buddies computer that came over to hang out on your wireless. That also includes your pesky neighbor who is stealing your bandwidth to download torrents. Any shares on the network – are browsable.
Unfortunately, Front Row still doesn’t play .avi files (or at least our tricked out super compressed movies). I am sure there are some hacks on the way – or maybe we need to update our codecs? We’ll find out soon.
Also the new Front Row has a separate menu for podcasts, movies, tv and music. the settings page is very similar to AppleTV. Actually. This is AppleTV – in Leopard!