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WD TV Live (2011)

WD TV Live (2011)
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Roku 3

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Apple TV (2012)

Apple TV (2012)
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Price $71 to $216 at 11 stores $94 to $106 at 7 stores $99 to $119 at 4 stores $128 to $294 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)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.2 (4.0 stars)
2.5 stars Average
    Overall score: 5.3 (2.5 stars)
Average user rating 3.0 stars out of 34 reviews 3.0 stars out of 27 reviews 3.5 stars out of 29 reviews 3.0 stars out of 3 reviews
Release date October 03, 2011 March 06, 2013 March 16, 2012 January 11, 2012
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. 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 Sony NSZ-GS7 has sleek hardware and an innovative remote, but it's hampered by the still too-limited and frustrating Google TV software.

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Image standards PNG
TIFF
JPG
BMP
GIF
Info unavailable JPG
GIF
TIFF
PNG
JPG
BMP
GIF
MPO
Video standards AVI
VOB
MKV
MPEG-1
TS
TP
M2TS
FLV
Info unavailable Motion-JPEG
Protected H.264
MPEG-4
H.264
MOV
WMV
3GPP
MPEG-4
H.263
Xvid
H.264
MKV
FLV
MPEG-1
MOV
MPEG-2
AVI
Audio standards MP3
WAV
PCM
WMA
AAC
FLAC
OGG
Info unavailable Protected AAC
AIFF
WAV
AAC
MP3
Apple Lossless
HE-AAC
WMA
LPCM
WAV
AAC
MP3
Product type Digital multimedia receiver
Streaming player
Digital multimedia receiver
Media 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
Internet video playback
Digital video playback
Digital audio playback
Digital photo playback
Content streaming
Web browsing
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
Info unavailable 1 Rear
1 RJ-45 Installed Rear
1 SPDIF output Rear
1 RJ-45 Installed Rear
1 Rear
1 SPDIF output Rear
2 USB 4 pin USB Type A Installed Rear
1 Rear
Audio output mode Stereo
Info unavailable Info unavailable Stereo
Remote control type Remote control
Enhanced remote control
Remote control
Touch-pad / QWERTY keyboard remote
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