the estethics were not such a big issue at one time, but now i agree that we need to take care of this things, we were more preocupied of functionality and less how it looks.
we choose xine for videos, movies and music since that was considered a stable solution. for TV we use Myth.
I agree on that choice. But since we have mythfrontend functional, we're only half step away of using some mythplugiuns that would be really handy - like
mythgallery (photo viewing app) or
Mythphone (Video SIP softphone) or
mythweather (weather forecast viewing) or
mythnews (RSS viewer).
If we integrate Mythtv graphically with Pluto, then those plugins will also look alike.... For now just possibility of adding shortcuts from buttons in main menu would suffice. Just my humble opinion.