Man, Roku, don't make me buy an AppleTV to have the ability to stream from my coming-for-Christmas iPad to my TV.
Besides, I'm out of inputs on the TV so something would have to go, and I don't want it to be the Roku player!
Since support is now on an XBMC Linux box http://www.tuaw.com/2010/12/20/airplay-running-on-xbmc-linux-box/
- why can't it be in the Roku? Problems with supported video codecs? Not enough horsepower/RAM/etc?
Codecs might be an issue, but probably not since I think the airplay stuff uses h.264/aac, just like most iOS streams that already work on the Roku.
Probably more important is the XBMC implementation appears to be a reverse-engineering job. Roku might run into legal issues if they try to do an end run around Apple's licensing. For what it's worth, the Soundbridge was, and still is, the only non-Apple device to get the blessing from Apple to implement the DAAP protocol, which is what the shared libraries section in iTunes used to show you other people's libraries on your network. So there's some precedent that Roku could *possibly* work with Apple, if Apple had interest, to get a license for AirPlay. Apple's probably more interested in consumers buying AppleTVs, but you never know, stranger things have happened