For the last three years I’ve been using a 12" Powerbook as my media center (using a $5 IR-receiver, Apple Remote, Remote Buddy & VLC) — this has worked fantastic, but it’s becoming annoying to have to plug it in when I want to use it as a media center, unplug it when I want to use as a laptop, etc. So, I’m looking to get an Apple TV. But, the limitations on the Apple TV are really annoying and aTV Flash seems to solve this problem! But, I’m wondering if anyone could tell me how the upgrade policy works? If my Apple TV is running software v2.3 and I purchase aTV Flash v3.4.5, if I leave my Apple TV at v2.3 am I ever forced into upgrading aTV Flash? What I mean is, if aTV Flash v3.4.6 or v3.5 comes out, but I’ve left my Apple TV at v2.3, do I have to upgrade (ie. will aTV Flash somehow disable itself or anything)?
Basically, the reason I’m looking at aTV Flash (vs manual hacking of the Apple TV) is because of ease-of-use. My wife and I just had our first child and I no longer have the time to spend mucking around with this kinda thing. I just want to buy an Apple TV, use aTV Flash to expand it (for external HD storage and playing “other” media files), and then leave it be. If it works, it’ll just be left alone (won’t be upgrading the Apple TV OS for new features or anything, just need it for the basics) and if I leave it alone, I don’t want to have to continue to upgrade aTV Flash because a new version has been released (that I won’t need).