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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Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast
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Roku 3

Roku 3
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Roku LT (2013)

Roku LT (2013)
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Price $489 at 1 store $89 to $119 at 5 stores $32 to $149 at 5 stores $89 to $125 at 6 stores $49 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)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.3 (3.5 stars)
Editors' choice 4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.5 (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 36 reviews 3.0 stars out of 27 reviews 0 stars No reviews, write one!
Release date February 12, 2008 March 16, 2012 July 24, 2013 March 06, 2013 November 18, 2013
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. 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 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. The Roku LT is the best budget streaming-media device, easily topping the $35 Chromecast.

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Image standards BMP
GIF
JPG
PNG
TIFF
JPG
GIF
TIFF
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Video standards H.264
MPEG-4
Protected H.264
Motion-JPEG
Protected H.264
MPEG-4
H.264
MOV
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Audio standards AAC
MP3
WAV
AIFF
Protected AAC
Apple Lossless
Protected AAC
AIFF
WAV
AAC
MP3
Apple Lossless
HE-AAC
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Product type Digital multimedia receiver
Digital multimedia receiver
TV streaming adapter
Streaming player
Streaming player
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
Content streaming
Web browsing
Internet video playback
Internet radio playback
Internet gaming
Content streaming
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
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Remote control type Remote control
Remote control
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