Roku 3 comparison

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Roku 3

Roku 3
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Google Chromecast

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 $94 to $125 at 5 stores $34 to $149 at 5 stores $89 to $119 at 3 stores $49 to $64 at 3 stores
CNET editors' rating
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 27 reviews 3.0 stars out of 36 reviews 3.5 stars out of 29 reviews 0 stars No reviews, write one!
Release date March 06, 2013 July 24, 2013 March 16, 2012 November 18, 2013
The Bottom Line 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.

Basic specs

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Image standards Info unavailable Info unavailable JPG
GIF
TIFF
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Video standards Info unavailable Info unavailable Motion-JPEG
Protected H.264
MPEG-4
H.264
MOV
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Audio standards Info unavailable Info unavailable Protected AAC
AIFF
WAV
AAC
MP3
Apple Lossless
HE-AAC
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Product type Streaming player
TV streaming adapter
Digital multimedia receiver
Streaming player
Playback capabilities 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 Info unavailable Info unavailable 1 Rear
1 RJ-45 Installed Rear
1 SPDIF output Rear
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Remote control type Enhanced remote control
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