HI! Is there any way to play files stored on the 1st generation Apple TV on the 2nd generation? We have both and I want to be able to use the black one without the need for a computer being on. I believe that this is the best product for the other uses I plan to implement and am curious if this is another feature I can use. I also want to attach a hard drive to the first generation in order to increase hard drive space.
Yes, currently you can stream any non-iTunes files stored on the 1st gen AppleTV (or any attached drives) to the 2nd gen AppleTV.
To do this, you would enable the File Sharing option on the silver AppleTV (Maintenance --> Settings menu) then setup a new share on the black AppleTV (Media --> Settings --> Manage Shares).