Mossberg's review and video were straight up. Let's face it: He didn't need any fancy angling other than the 10-day lead he had on everyone, including nemesis (by publication), David Pogue.
Finally, Pogue's video is here, and as expected, it's entertaining and recommended. Click on to see a full grown man having childlike fun reviewing a gadget. Another nice touch is his comparison to the high definition Netgear streamer, the EVA8000.
The difference? Apple's iTunes won't even supply HD video and those who crave simplicity, while the complex Netgear has compatibility with many formats, in 1080i HD, at the expense of ease of use. Then he compares it to our beloved XBox 360.
For those of you who need deeper reviews — like Mariana Trench deep — PC Magazine has one that'll do the trick. As for the one that tells you to buy it or not, here's our official take: Not quite worthy of an unpantsing.
Rating Pogue's Review:
Entertainment Value: 10/10
Rating Mossberg's AppleTV Review:
Entertainment Value: 7/10
Rating PC Magazine's Review:
Entertainment Value: 1/10
*All get high marks for authority, when you consider their respective target demographics.
Pogue's Apple TV Video Review [NYTimes]