Roku HD (2012) comparison

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Roku HD (2012)

Roku HD (2012)
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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 (2012)

Roku LT (2012)
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Price $44 to $64 at 2 stores $75 to $125 at 5 stores $29 to $49 at 5 stores $89 to $119 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)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 3.0 stars out of 15 reviews 3.0 stars out of 27 reviews 3.0 stars out of 36 reviews 3.5 stars out of 29 reviews 3.0 stars out of 17 reviews
Release date May 08, 2012 March 06, 2013 July 24, 2013 March 16, 2012 November 07, 2011
The Bottom Line With its ability to stream hundreds of audio and video channels (including Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, and Hulu Plus), the $60 Roku HD would be our top pick for those seeking an ultra-affordable Internet media box -- if not for the fact that it's nearly identical to the slightly cheaper Roku LT. 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 a killer streaming-media box, offering tons of streaming content -- including favorites like Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, and Pandora -- for just $50.

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Image standards Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable JPG
GIF
TIFF
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Video standards Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Motion-JPEG
Protected H.264
MPEG-4
H.264
MOV
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Audio standards Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Protected AAC
AIFF
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MP3
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Product type Digital multimedia receiver
Streaming player
TV streaming adapter
Digital multimedia receiver
Streaming player
Playback capabilities Internet video playback
Internet radio 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 Composite video output RCA phono Installed Rear
1 Audio line-out RCA phono x 2 Installed Rear
1 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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