Yesterday Apple announced that Apple TV is now available with a 160GB hard drive configuration (for $100 more than the 40GB config) and that YouTube integration is slated for this summer. While access to YouTube doesn’t do much for me, perhaps it’ll motivate a younger demographic to get onboard with Apple TV. (Wonder how that’s working out for Netgear with the EVA8000.)
However, the 160GB option is intriguing… I assume Apple is aware of what’s going on in the hacker community (and WeaKnees) and figured they could make a few extra bucks. More importantly, this foreshadows direct-to-box net downloads in addition to the current computer->ATV sync. One industry dude I respect, though often disagree with (as I do now), believes this upgrade option also sets the stage for DVR functionality.