A friend has bought aTV Flash (Black) and was showing me how easy it is to play avi video via the ‘Media’ menu once configured. It was definitely easy but the video looked a little rough to me and it scenes with camera panning there was noticeable jerkiness, whereas the same file played over XBMC on the same AppleTV was smooth and the picture quality better. There was also no noticable loading / buffering time on XBMC versus a few seconds through the media player.
What’s the story here - is the Media Player transcoding the files before it plays them? If so can the bitrate etc be adjusted to improve quality? Curious before I purchase - don’t really want to use XBMC if I don’t have to but.