Apple TV (40GB) comparison

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Apple TV (40GB)

Apple TV (40GB)
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Apple TV (2012)

Apple TV (2012)
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Roku 3

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Google Chromecast

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Apple TV (fall 2010)

Apple TV (fall 2010)
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Price $342 at 1 store $99 to $119 at 4 stores $94 to $108 at 7 stores $31 to $40 at 5 stores $109 to $299 at 2 stores
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.2 (4.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.3 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 3.0 stars out of 178 reviews 3.5 stars out of 29 reviews 3.0 stars out of 27 reviews 3.0 stars out of 36 reviews 2.5 stars out of 100 reviews
Release date February 12, 2008 March 16, 2012 March 06, 2013 July 24, 2013 September 28, 2010
The Bottom Line Apple TV provides a slick venue for iTunes-based media in the living room, but the average Blu-ray player now provides a wider array of online media options. While it's still a step behind the Roku 3, the Apple TV is an excellent streaming box, especially for those invested in the Apple ecosystem. The Roku 3 is the best streaming-video box yet, with tons of content sources, lightning-fast performance, and an innovative remote with built-in headphone jack. Google's $35 Chromecast stick is a cheap and easy way to add streaming video and music to your TV, but it still isn't as fully featured as similarly priced Roku boxes. The Apple TV is an excellent streaming video box, especially for Apple fans who will use AirPlay and the upcoming iTunes Match service, but it's missing a few key apps like Hulu Plus and Pandora.

Basic specs

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Image standards BMP
GIF
JPG
PNG
TIFF
JPG
GIF
TIFF
Info unavailable Info unavailable JPG
GIF
TIFF
Video standards H.264
MPEG-4
Protected H.264
Motion-JPEG
Protected H.264
MPEG-4
H.264
MOV
Info unavailable Info unavailable Motion-JPEG
Protected H.264
MPEG-4
H.264
MOV
Audio standards AAC
MP3
WAV
AIFF
Protected AAC
Apple Lossless
Protected AAC
AIFF
WAV
AAC
MP3
Apple Lossless
HE-AAC
Info unavailable Info unavailable Protected AAC
AIFF
WAV
AAC
MP3
Apple Lossless
HE-AAC
Product type Digital multimedia receiver
Digital multimedia receiver
Streaming player
TV streaming adapter
Digital multimedia receiver
Playback capabilities Digital audio playback
Digital photo playback
Digital video playback
Content streaming
Internet video playback
Digital video playback
Digital audio playback
Digital photo playback
Internet video playback
Internet radio playback
Internet gaming
Content streaming
Web browsing
Internet video playback
Digital video playback
Digital audio playback
Digital photo playback
Connector type 1 Component video output RCA phono x 3 Installed Rear
1 HDMI Rear
1 Audio line-out RCA phono x 2 Installed Rear
1 RJ-45 Installed Rear
1 SPDIF output Rear
1 Rear
1 Rear
1 RJ-45 Installed Rear
1 SPDIF output Rear
Info unavailable Info unavailable 1 Rear
1 RJ-45 Installed Rear
1 SPDIF output Rear
Remote control type Remote control
Remote control
Enhanced remote control
Info unavailable Remote control
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