I thought that it would be nice to play music from the iPad iPod app via Airplay and Apple TV to my sound system without having to turn on my TV. I purchased an optical cable and optical to RCA converter (my amplifier is quite old) all of which works BUT... The only way to initiate output to the optical port seems to be to start things off with the TV on then turn it off, pretty much defeating what I was trying to achieve. I could deal with this but I would even attempt to explain the procedure to my wife. Is this a bug that will hopefully get fixed? Any ideas? I must say that I am quite disappointed with the ATV/AirPlay/iPad combination. I think that it delivers much less than you have reason to expect. ATV itself is quite disappointing.