Best Buy offers the 2nd generation Apple TV for $79.99 with free shipping. That’s the first time in years we’ve seen the 2nd Generation 720P Apple TV offered from a top tier retailer. The 2nd Generation Apple TV has become somewhat of a cult product because it can be hacked with Firecore and other utilities to vastly expand what the Apple TV can do.
Some Firecore features below.
|Go Beyond iTunes Empower your Apple TV to play popular media formats such as MKV, AVI, MP4, WMV & many others.||Surf the Web Visit your favorite sites, stream HTML5 video, and update Twitter all on your TV. Your couch is your new workspace.|
|Access Media Anywhere Stream media stored a Mac, PC or NAS device directly to the Apple TV. Includes support for AFP, NFS and SMB.||Discover New Music Find new artists you’ll love by accessing Last.fm radio stations, artist bios and slideshows.|
|Get Organized Automatically download and display cover art and other metadata from TheMovieDB and TheTVDB.||trakt.tv Sync Connect with trakt.tv to scrobble all plays back to your account, and get recommendations on other content.|
|Create Video Playlists Keep tabs on your newly accessible media with custom playlists.||Know When to Stay In Quick access to weather forecasts lets you know if it’s a good night for a movie.||Stay in the Know Keep track of all your favorite news and blog sites with simple access to RSS feeds.|
|Multi-Cultural Fully localized with support for multiple audio tracks and subtitles.||Digital Signage Use the Apple TV as a low-cost advertising/display solution.||Cloud Backups Keep all your settings and info safe with one-click backups, saved in the cloud.|
|Easy Slideshows Stream photos and create flexible slideshows right on the Apple TV.||Network Boost Speed up network transfers with our integrated network speed tuning.||Add Apps Install other 3rd party apps such as XBMC, Plex, Rowmote, AirControl, and more.|
|One-Click Subtitles Add subtitles in seconds with integrated downloads from OpenSubtitles.org.||Easy Updates Updates are easily installed with just a few clicks through the native Apple TV menus.||Unchanged Original Features Why mess with what works? All normal Apple TV features will remain unchanged.|