Currently Being ModeratedNov 19, 2012 8:16 PM (in response to Andy Rovster)
Do you have gen1 with the hard drive? If so you NEED to get those 30 movies off of it. There is NO hard drive on gen2 or Gen3. So all your movies need to go on a computer with itunes. I do not think you will lose them because it is a hardrive if you unplug.
For your second question just read around the support sight and you will see all that you need to know. I went Gen1 to Gen 3 and I am just as happy. You do lose a few things but gain so much more. Just Google a comparison between them all
Currently Being ModeratedNov 19, 2012 9:34 PM (in response to Andy Rovster)
You will lose:
iTunes Extras and iTunes LP capability
Ability to browse and purchase music on AppleTV
Ability to store material on the unit.
Analogue audio and video connections - HDMI and optical out only now.
Ability to play stuff from iTunes when iTunes isn't running as it does not sync, but if purchased from iTunes store you may well be able to play old purchases direct from the internet.
Certain organisational features for media eg EVERY season of a TV SHow is listed separately in a long list, whereas ATV1 listed a Show and Seasons in a submenu - far better.
You will gain:
Netflix plus/minus other services if available to you which are country dependent (WSJ, Hulu, US sports themed subscription channels)
Airplay functionality (view video pushed to the unit from a modern Mac or iOS device).
I still have several AppleTV 1s which are rarely used now (I even have a new boxed ATV1 which I bought when ATV2 came out).
The main benefits of ATV2 and now ATV3 (you'll struggle to find a new ATV2 as they can still be hacked and were replaced earlier this year), are:
Much better performance due to newer processors - menu navigation generally faster, and far fewer video/audio glitches I occasionally saw when AppleTV1 was being pushed hard.
Low power consumpion (6W or less vs >30W)
No mechanical hard drive to fail.
Purchases in the Cloud - allows you to play prior itunes Store Movie/TV Show purchases direct from the internet rather than having itunes running to stream them - relies on a decent internet connection for instant playback (2.5 Mbps SD, 6-8 Mbps for 720p/1080p HD). To see what might be available go to iTunes Store home page in iTunes, and in QuickLinks on the right under Purchased any media available to play/redownload from the cloud will be shown. You can still stream downloaded material via iTunes if you want to and this uses Home Sharing rather than 'pairing' to itunes with a numerical code. NOTE - for audio purchases in the cloud you would need to subscribe to iTunes match which will also match non iTunes audio and allow internet playback.
Ability to play 1080p iTunes store content now available, and 720p HD above 24 fps (good for converted camcorder HD footage if your camcorder was not 24/25 fps).
On the whole, the new units are much better unless you need stored video/audio/photos on the unit - useful if going on holiday and don't want to take other devices/computers or don't have free unfettered internet at the location. If your Tv does not have HDMI that would also be an issue.
Having said they are much better, they have their quirks and in some ways irritations, but so did the old unit.
I'm not keen on the new icon driven menus, but we're stuck with them. I won't however miss the confusion between synced/shared libraries (My TV Shows vs My Shared TV Shows etc in the menus) - all itunes libraries simply list under Computers for local streaming of purchased or home made compatible video/audio content.