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Slingbox 500

Slingbox 500
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Slingbox 350

Slingbox 350
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Roku 3

Roku 3
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Sling Media Slingbox Solo

Sling Media Slingbox Solo
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WD TV Live (2011)

WD TV Live (2011)
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Price $273 to $299 at 8 stores $116 to $179 at 9 stores $94 to $149 at 5 stores $89 to $150 at 7 stores
CNET editors' rating
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.5 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.1 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 2.0 stars out of 3 reviews 0.5 stars out of 3 reviews 3.0 stars out of 27 reviews 2.0 stars out of 24 reviews 3.0 stars out of 34 reviews
Release date October 14, 2012 October 14, 2012 March 06, 2013 September 26, 2007 October 03, 2011
The Bottom Line While you'll pay a premium for its extra features, the Slingbox 500 is an excellent way to watch your TV or DVR video content anywhere. The Slingbox 350 is an excellent way to watch your TV or DVR video content anywhere. 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. An evolutionary upgrade of past Slingbox models, the Slingbox Solo remains an excellent way to stream your home TV programming to an increasingly wide variety of broadband-connected computers and smartphones. 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.

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Video standards Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable AVI
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MPEG-1
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Audio standards Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable MP3
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Product type TV streaming adapter
TV streaming adapter
Streaming player
Digital multimedia receiver
Digital multimedia receiver
Playback capabilities Info unavailable Info unavailable Internet video playback
Internet radio playback
Internet gaming
Info unavailable Internet video playback
Digital video playback
Internet radio playback
Digital audio playback
Digital photo playback
Connector type Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable 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
Audio output mode Stereo
Stereo
Info unavailable Stereo
Stereo
Remote control type Standard remote control
Info unavailable Enhanced remote control
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