Sunday, January 2, 2011

Apple TV vs. Roku XDS

The holidays are over and the top New Years resolution on your list (like everyone else) is to SAVE MORE MONEY!.... one popular solution that many are doing is canceling their Cable and switching to a Digital Multimedia receiver. The top two in this category with the best 'bang for your buck' are the Apple TV and the Roku XDS both retailing at $99 with no monthly fees.
Instead of paying the annoying monthly cable bill only to aimlessly surf 100+ stations that you aren't interested in anyways, opting with a digital multimedia receiver may be the way to go. These slim black devices visually disappear and don't take up any physical room, but add a whole lot more functionality to your existing TV. The individual stations are customizable and if your a Netflix subscriber, both units are fully equipped to help you out there. Although both are great deals, there are always Pros and Cons to each... From the Internal Hardware, Remote Design, User Interface, Software/Content, Image and Sound Quality; both devices excel and fall short... leaving us to question, "which is the better deal?"

check out the review by engadget below...
... the completely revamped Apple TV -- a tiny black puck of a device priced at a staggering $99, and centered around a handful of completely new ideas (for the folks in Cupertino at least) about getting content onto your TV screen. The first is a new rental system which allows you to nab brand new TV shows at $0.99 a rental, and HD movies for $4.99 a go (or $3.99 for older titles). And that includes new releases the same day DVDs hit shelves (or Netflix distribution centers). Speaking of Netflix, the new Apple TV also features the rental service's "Watch Instantly" as a wholly integrated component of its offerings, alongside a new function the company calls AirPlay which will allow you to "push" video and audio content from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch with the tap of a button. On top of that, the new ATV streamlines sharing from your home computers or laptops, making getting content you own onto your TV dead simple. So, has Apple finally solved the "second box" problem, or are they still struggling to turn this hobby into a real business? Follow along after the break for those answers (and more) in our full review of the Apple TV! ....READ MORE!
It's an interesting time for Roku -- the upstart device company has owned the cheap'n'easy Netflix streaming market since the beginning, and its platform has been getting more and more flexible over time, adding various channels like Amazon video on Demand,, UFC, and others. But cheap and simple aren't necessarily good enough anymore, not with the new $99 Apple TV set to launch in just a few weeks -- and while Roku already took the preemptive step of slashing prices across the board, it's following up with some promising new hardware and features. The new Roku HD offers basic 720p streaming capabilities for just $59, the new Roku XD adds 1080p streaming support for $79, and $99 Roku XDS -- which we tested -- offers 1080p support, a USB port for local media, optical and component outputs, and dual-band WiFi. Apart from the new case, the HD and XD are extremely similar to Roku's previous offerings, but the XDS is immediately interesting -- it offers a number of features absent on Apple's offering. So does the newest flagship Roku have what it takes to remain our favorite inexpensive streamer?  .....READ MORE!
Although a Apple-fanboy at heart... I will have to admit that after reading the reviews, the Roku XDS seams like the better deal. Sure the graphics and audio are far superior on the Apple TV, but when it comes to content and availablity of a variety of stations such as Pandora, Hulu plus, and others.... Roku is a step ahead (at least for now!).

via engadget


Anonymous said...

Great info!
I was just thinking about this recently. I think I know what I'm getting now :)

Anonymous said...

I just purchased an Apple TV 3 weeks ago. After a couple days of having a dodgy WiFi connection...odd since I use all Apple products...I connected it to my wired network and everything works great, although, when you go wired you lose the ability to use the Apple Remote App on you iPhone and iPad. I have about 400 movies and dozens of TV shows in my iTunes library and everything works flawlessly. I'm very happy with my purchase.

Anonymous said...

> when you go wired you lose the ability to use the Apple Remote App on you iPhone and iPad

Not true, my Apple TV is wired and the Remote App works fine.

Anonymous said...

I'm still on the fence!
I want the Apple TV because I trust Apple products, but the Roku seems more practical with more features and content.

Anonymous said...

if apple tv offered more content and features like roku does, it would be unbeatable.

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