Well this sucks.
I've been interested in the Apple TV ever since they first announced it back in January. I'd always seen it as simply an iPod that uses your TV as a display. Turns out I was only partially right. After reading this review of it, I find out that it's actually just an iPod that uses your widescreen TV as a display. It also outputs high definition video. All the TVs in my house are of the 'old fashioned' standard definition, 'square' kind. This means I basically can't use the Apple TV. What a bummer! I was seriously considering getting one of these things.
Now, I have no real plans to upgrade to HDTV anytime soon. All my 'old' TVs work perfectly and I think the DirecTV picture quality is quite acceptable. I'm perfectly happy with my current TV situation. I've thought that maybe I'll upgrade to HDTV around the end of this year or early next year, but that is by no means certain. Upgrading to HDTV is a low priority for me.
Oh well. I guess I'll have to do the old 'sneaker-net' way of watching iPod videos on my TV... Plug the iPod itself into the TV. This is far from an optimal way of doing things though.