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The Fire TV is Amazon's first entry into the TV set-top box market. Like it competitors it's a small box easily connected to a modern television via HDMI and a home internet connection either by built-in dual-band Wi-Fi or gigabit ethernet. It as more muscle under the hood than some of its rivals thanks to a quad-core processor and 2GB or RAM.

Description

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.

The Roku 3 is the 2013 refresh to Roku's set top box line. Along with offering 1080p streaming and access to over 750 channels for streaming video, the Roku 3 has a headphone jack built-in to the remote, allowing for private listening of video. It's also the first Roku box to feature Roku's new, streamlined interface.

The Chromecast is a streaming device from Google that supports pushing content on Google Play, YouTube, Netflix, and Chrome to your TV from your Android, iOS, PC, Mac or Chromebook devices. The device itself is a small HDMI dongle that simply plugs into an HDMI port.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Apr. 2, 2014
  • Price at launch: $99.00

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Mar. 16, 2012
  • Price at launch: $99.99
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Mar. 5, 2013
  • Price at launch: $99.99
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jul. 24, 2013
  • Price at launch: $35.00
  • Width: 4.5 inches
  • Depth: 4.5 inches
  • Height: 0.7 inches
  • Weight: 0.62 pounds
  • Color: Black

Hardware

  • Width: 3.9 inches
  • Depth: 3.9 inches
  • Height: 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 0.6 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Width: 1 inches
  • Depth: 3.5 inches
  • Height: 3.5 inches
  • Weight: 0.31 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Width: 2.83 inches
  • Depth: 1.38 inches
  • Height: 0.47 inches
  • Weight: 0.07 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Audio codecs supported: AAC, MP3, PCM
  • Video codecs supported: H.264, MPEG2 / H.262, MP4

Software

  • Audio codecs supported: WAV, AAC, MP3, AIFF, Apple Lossless, Audible
  • Video codecs supported: H.264, MP4, M-JPEG
  • Media streaming: AirPlay, PC, Mac
  • Audio codecs supported: AAC, MP3
  • Video codecs supported: H.264, MP4, MKV
  • Media streaming: Chromecast
  • Audio decoding: Dolby Digital+
  • Audio channels: 5.1
  • Max. video resolution: 1080p

Audio / Video

  • Audio channels: 5.1
  • Max. video resolution: 1080p
  • Audio channels: 7.1
  • Max. video resolution: 1080p
  • Max. video resolution: 1080p
  • Internal storage: 8 GB

Storage / Data

  • Internal storage: 8 GB
  • 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
  • HDMI output(s): 1
  • Composite video output(s): 1
  • Composite / Component combo output(s): 1
  • HDMI output(s): 1
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Built-in Wi-Fi support: 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11a
  • 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
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • USB: 1
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Built-in Wi-Fi support: 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11a
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • USB: 1
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Built-in Wi-Fi support: 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
  • USB: 1
  • Connection type: Bluetooth

Bundled remote control

  • Connection type: IR
  • Remote model: Apple Remote
  • Connection type: Bluetooth
  • Remote model: Roku Remote Control with headphone jack
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