aTV Flash beta for the new Apple TV

Our friend and fellow MVP Ian Dixon caught wind of a new Beta OS available for the new AppleTV, and I’m a bit in between. On the one hand, I think it’s great the community is stepping and making the AppleTV a more powerful device. But on the other, paying $20 for features that are already available in a lot of other devices seems a bit odd. I’d imagine more like this will come out for free in time.

What’s in the beta?

  • Surf the Web – Experience the web in all its glory and stream HTML5 video from many popular sites.
  • Discover New Music – Find new artists you’ll love by accessing radio stations, artist bios and slideshows.
  • Plex Client – Stream media from Plex Server running on your Mac.
  • Info on Demand – Keep track of current weather and news feeds on your AppleTV.
  • One-click Updates – Install, remove or update plugins in a snap through the native AppleTV interface.

What’s coming soon?

  • Go Beyond iTunes – Enable additional media formats such as AVI, MP4, MKV, DVD files & many more.
  • Access Media Anywhere – Stream media from most NAS devices (including Airport Extreme and Time Capsule).