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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 WD TV Live Hub is a 1080p capable media streaming device. It supports Netflix and YouTube streaming. In addition to 1TB of onboard storage, the device has two USB ports onboard for external media, and can stream content across a home network either through the included ethernet port of via an optional Wi-Fi Accessory.

  • 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: Oct. 26, 2010
  • Price at launch: $199.99
  • 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: 7.8 inches
  • Depth: 6.06 inches
  • Height: 1.25 inches
  • Weight: 1.22 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, FLAC, AAC, WMA, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, AIFF, LPCM, PCM
  • Video codecs supported: H.264, MPEG2 / H.262, AVI, MP4, MKV, MOV, VOB, M2TS, MPEG-1, VC-1, AVCHD
  • Media streaming: DLNA, PC, Mac
  • Audio channels: 5.1
  • Max. video resolution: 1080p

Audio / Video

  • Max. video resolution: 1080p
  • Audio decoding: Dolby Digital, DTS
  • Audio channels: 5.1
  • 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
  • Internal storage: 1 TB
  • External storage support: Yes
  • USB: 2
  • 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
  • Component video output(s): 1
  • Composite video output(s): 1
  • Digital optical audio output(s): 1
  • Stereo analog 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: Optional (non-proprietary)
  • 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
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