Re: Apple TV vs. Google TV
I have two apple TV's in the house which we use to stream netflix and mlb.tv and now WSJ.
The kids watch Youtube stuff on the big screen.
I like it, but it does lose the connection frequently (I have Uverse internet 12 mbps). It doesn't carry hulu. I'd like to see an easier interface for typing stuff for searches.
I once rented a movie from iTunes, but its always cheaper at a Blockbuster kiosk.
My daughter has an iPhone and can control the apple tv with it.
There are rumors of a new upgrade or new device coming out sometimes, so you may want to hold off a bit.
There is also the Roku and Boxee as options. I think the Roku is cheaper and carries hulu.