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Apple's 3rd generation Apple TV improves upon previous models with 1080p playback via an upgrade to the A5 processor and a new streamlined interface.

Description

Designed to be a media streamer's dream machine, the Boxee Box built by D-Link brings the popular home theater software project to the masses in a uniquely-shaped set-top box that can be enhanced by third-party apps and expanded with SD media. The Boxee Box has the necessary HDMI-out for up to 1080p playback of a swath of video codecs, an optical digital audio output for Dolby Surround Sound, and has Adobe Flash 10.1-support. It's also accompanied by an RF remote with a unique design that has a navigation pad plus a dedicated Netflix button on one side and a full QWERTY keypad on the other.

The Roku 2 XS outputs 1080p HD streaming video to your TV and gives access to more than 300 channels. It includes built-in wireless and an Ethernet port. It comes with an enhanced remote with motion control for games and has a USB port for music, videos & photos.

The next edition of Apple's hobby, the second generation Apple TV was redesigned to be smaller and stream-specific with a myriad of services including Netflix, YouTube, and Vimeo and it can also stream your pictures from your MobileMe account.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Mar. 16, 2012
  • Price at launch: $99.99

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Oct. 10, 2010
  • Price at launch: $199.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jul. 20, 2011
  • Price at launch: $99.99
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: 09/2010
  • Price at launch: $99.00
  • Width: 3.9 inches
  • Depth: 3.9 inches
  • Height: 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 0.6 pounds
  • Color: Black

Hardware

  • Width: 4.6 inches
  • Depth: 4.5 inches
  • Height: 4.5 inches
  • Color: Black / Green
  • Width: 3.3 inches
  • Depth: 3.3 inches
  • Height: 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 0.19 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Width: 3.9 inches
  • Depth: 3.9 inches
  • Height: 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 0.6 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Audio codecs supported: WAV, AAC, MP3, AIFF, Apple Lossless, Audible
  • Video codecs supported: H.264, MP4, M-JPEG
  • Media streaming: AirPlay, PC, Mac

Software

  • Web browser: Yes
  • Audio codecs supported: WAV, FLAC, AAC, WMA, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, AIFF, LPCM
  • Video codecs supported: H.264, DivX, Xvid, WMV, MPEG2 / H.262, FLV, AVI, MP4, M4V, MKV, MOV, VOB, DAT, ASF, M2TS, MPEG-1
  • Media streaming: DLNA
  • Audio codecs supported: WAV, AAC, MP3, AIFF, Apple Lossless, Audible
  • Video codecs supported: H.264, MP4, M-JPEG
  • Media streaming: AirPlay, PC, Mac
  • Audio channels: 5.1
  • Max. video resolution: 1080p

Audio / Video

  • Max. video resolution: 1080p
  • Internal storage: 8 GB

Storage / Data

  • External storage support: Yes
  • USB: 2
  • Supported external memory: SD, SDHC
  • External storage support: Yes
  • USB: 1
  • Supported external memory: SD
  • HDMI output(s): 1
  • Digital optical audio output(s): 1

Output ports

  • HDMI output(s): 1
  • Digital optical audio output(s): 1
  • Stereo analog audio output(s): 1
  • HDMI output(s): 1
  • Composite video output(s): 1
  • Composite / Component combo output(s): 1
  • HDMI output(s): 1
  • Digital optical audio output(s): 1
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Built-in Wi-Fi support: 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • USB: 1

Connectivity

  • Ethernet: 1
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Built-in Wi-Fi support: 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Built-in Wi-Fi support: 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Built-in Wi-Fi support: 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11a
  • USB: 1
  • Connection type: IR
  • Remote model: Apple Remote

Bundled remote control

  • Connection type: RF
  • QWERTY: Yes
  • Connection type: Bluetooth
  • Remote model: Roku Bluetooth game remote
  • Universal: Yes
  • Connection type: IR
  • Remote model: Apple Remote
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