Monday, August 8, 2011

Internet TV

Internet TV is changing the way we watch TV. With services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Boxee, you can watch TV wherever you go, on your phone, tablet computer, or laptop.

The Roku 2

Two interesting set-top boxes, or internet streaming boxes are Roku and Apple TV. The base Roku player is only $60, compared to the Apple TV, which is $100. The top model Roku player costs $100 and includes most of the features of Apple TV. In this post, I will contrast the Roku player to Apple TV. Note that the Roku player that I am referencing is the top model Roku player.

Apple TV 2
The Roku has some nice streaming features that Apple TV doesn't offer. For example, the Roku can stream from Pandora, TuneIn, and Unfortunately, Apple TV doesn't offer these streaming services, but Apple TV does offer Airplay, which allows you to wirelessly stream content from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.
Here's a list of the features that the Roku and Apple TV offer:

FeatureRokuApple TV
Hulu Plus
Movie Rentals
Movie Purchases
Sports Packages
Streaming iTunes content wirelessly
Free Internet radio (like Pandora,
Photo and video content (like Flickr and Youtube
Major news programs
720p HD streaming
1080p HD streaming
Connects to standard/traditional TVs
Connects to HDTVS
Wireless N
USB Port
iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch control
Streaming iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch content
Remote control
Here's a great article covering several other Internet TV services in detail. -- Matthew

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