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On June 4, 2012
Last modified:February 6, 2013

Summary:

Apple TV and Roku 2 XS are modern yet affordable streaming HD media players providing access to iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, Vimeo, MLB,tv, Youtube

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Apple TV is a small black box with dimensions of 23x98x98 mm and weigh of 0.27 kg.  The box is capable of streaming of full HD 1080p video and equipped with HDMI, microUSB and Ethernet ports as well as audio jack. Thin silver colored remote control of the device has a few buttons: menu, paly, pause and arrow keys.

The new Apple TV uses iOs 5.1 powered user interface. Setting up of Apple TV is a quick and easy process. Select the language and enter login and the password of the wireless network from the main menu and you are done. In order to start watching movies, TV shows and listen music you must log in to your account with iTunes Store.

Apple TV setup process is much simpler than the set-up of Roku box. There is no need to activate anything on the Internet. The new Apple TV interface lets you go to Netflix without visiting of  the home page service.  Apple provided simple and easy to use user interface to iTune services as well as to Netflix, YouTube, Vimeo and MLB.tv. The only notable missing service is Hulu Plus.

Apple TV is tightly integrated with other Apple devices such as  iPad and iPhone through AirPlay interface. Streaming video and music with AirPlay interface is as easy as a couple of clicks. Devices running iOS can also be used as a touch screen remote control making much easier searching of movies and music. Apple TV supports full HD video with the resolution of 1080p. If you TV is over 40-inch and supports full HD then the quality of the streaming picture is significantly better.

If you want to view streaming video and music from iTunes and Netflix then Apple TV  is the best choice for you. If you are the proud owner of iPhone, iPod touch or iPad then the benefits even more obvious because of the AirPlay interface and the ability of Apple devices function as a remote control device.

If you have plenty of content encoded in a variety of formats and store that content on a standard PC and is looking for more Internet video options then the Roku hardware would likely be a better fit for you since it supports a variety of formats and media

Apple TV and Roku 2 XS are modern yet affordable streaming HD media players providing access to iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, Vimeo, MLB,tv, Youtube