WD TV Live (2011) comparison

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WD TV Live (2011)

WD TV Live (2011)
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Roku 3

Roku 3
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Google Chromecast

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Apple TV (2012)

Apple TV (2012)
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Roku LT (2013)

Roku LT (2013)
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Price $59 to $119 at 7 stores $89 to $125 at 6 stores $34 to $149 at 5 stores $89 to $119 at 3 stores $49 to $58 at 3 stores
CNET editors' rating
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (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: 8.2 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.5 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 3.0 stars out of 34 reviews 3.0 stars out of 27 reviews 3.0 stars out of 36 reviews 3.5 stars out of 29 reviews 0 stars No reviews, write one!
Release date October 03, 2011 March 06, 2013 July 24, 2013 March 16, 2012 November 18, 2013
The Bottom Line The WD TV Live (2011) offers a solid combination of must-have streaming services and excellent USB and network file support, making it one of the best devices of its kind available for under $100. 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. 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 LT is the best budget streaming-media device, easily topping the $35 Chromecast.

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Image standards PNG
TIFF
JPG
BMP
GIF
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GIF
TIFF
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Video standards AVI
VOB
MKV
MPEG-1
TS
TP
M2TS
FLV
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Protected H.264
MPEG-4
H.264
MOV
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Audio standards MP3
WAV
PCM
WMA
AAC
FLAC
OGG
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AIFF
WAV
AAC
MP3
Apple Lossless
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Product type Digital multimedia receiver
Streaming player
TV streaming adapter
Digital multimedia receiver
Streaming player
Playback capabilities Internet video playback
Digital video playback
Internet radio playback
Digital audio playback
Digital photo playback
Internet video playback
Internet radio playback
Internet gaming
Content streaming
Web browsing
Content streaming
Internet video playback
Digital video playback
Digital audio playback
Digital photo playback
Content streaming
Connector type 1 4 pin USB Type A Installed Front
1 4 pin USB Type A Installed Rear
1 Rear
1 SPDIF output Rear
1 RJ-45 Installed Rear
1 Composite video/audio output Mini-phone 3.5 mm Installed Rear
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1 RJ-45 Installed Rear
1 SPDIF output Rear
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Audio output mode Stereo
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Remote control type Remote control
Enhanced remote control
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