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Roku LT (2012)

Roku LT (2012)
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Roku HD (2012)

Roku HD (2012)
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Apple TV (2012)

Apple TV (2012)
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Price $44 to $64 at 2 stores $89 to $119 at 3 stores $154 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.2 (4.0 stars)
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Average user rating 3.0 stars out of 17 reviews 3.0 stars out of 15 reviews 3.5 stars out of 29 reviews 4.0 stars out of 6 reviews
Release date November 07, 2011 May 08, 2012 March 16, 2012 July 29, 2011
The Bottom Line 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. 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. 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 2 HD is a discontinued 2011 media streaming box, but there are newer Roku models that you should consider instead.

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
Digital multimedia receiver
Digital multimedia receiver
Digital multimedia receiver
Playback capabilities Content streaming
Internet video playback
Internet radio playback
Content streaming
Internet video playback
Digital video playback
Digital audio playback
Digital photo playback
Internet video playback
Internet radio playback
Connector type Info unavailable 1 Composite video output RCA phono Installed Rear
1 Audio line-out RCA phono x 2 Installed Rear
1 Rear
1 Rear
1 RJ-45 Installed Rear
1 SPDIF output Rear
1 Composite video/audio output RCA phono x 3 Installed Rear
1 Rear
Audio output mode Info unavailable Stereo
Info unavailable Stereo
Remote control type Info unavailable Remote control
Remote control
Remote control
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