I posted this as a reply to a discussion a few months back, but wanted to get it out for the general public to discuss:
The one thing that makes the AppleTV so great is the user interface. Notice that Movies, TV Shows, Netflix, and YouTube all use the same interface. I personally believe that a plugin such as Firecore’s should adhere as close to Apple’s interface as possible, which was one of the beauties of ATVFiles under the original ATV. Rather than have the up/down buttons adjust the volume, it would be better for those buttons to act exactly as they do in the other plug-ins mentioned above; up brings up the play bar to show where you are in relation to the entire movie, and down allows you to fast forward between chapters. Aside from this ATV2, I also have a Boxee Box, and have to say that this is one of the big drawbacks of the Boxee. Every single App uses a whole new UI, therefore, anytime you launch a new app, you’re learning a whole new user interface (much like using ATV2, then launching XBMC).
The way I see it, I already have a remote that adjusts the volume for the TV, and when I’m not watching the AppleTV, I have to use that remote anyway, which will more than likely just add another layer of confusion. For example: You get the volume just right under AppleTV, then flip over to your cable box, use the other remote to adjust the volume, go back to the AppleTV, volume is out of whack, but adjusting it to the max on the AppleTV remote isn’t enough, so you still need to go find the original TV remote to fix it.
I’d like to hear other user’s thoughts on this.