Although it's only just been revealed and won't actually go on sale for four long weeks, Apple's new hockey puck is far from the only media streamer on the market -- and with Sony's Netbox and the Boxee Box on the way, the sub-$200 set-top box market is exploding with options. So let's line up the revised Apple TV against the (post-price cut) Roku HD-XR, Popbox, and even an LG Blu-ray player in the same price range and see what you're actually getting -- and more importantly, getting access to -- on each device. Oh, and there's some choice words from Roku after the break.
Update: You asked for them, so we added the PS3, Xbox 360 & WDTV Live as well, after the break.
|Device:||AppleTV||Roku XR||Pop Box||LG BD550|
|Price:||$99||$99||$129||$130 - $150|
|Form Factor/Size:||3.9 x 0.9 x 3.9||5 x 5 x 1.75||8 x 1.4 x 6 inches||16.9 x 1.8 x 7.9|
|Available Content:||HD TV shows from ABC & Fox ($0.99), HD Movie rentals ($4.99/$3.99), Netflix, iTunes, YouTube||Netflix, Amazon VOD (now with $0.99 HD TV show purchases from Fox & ABC), MLB.tv, UFC, NBA GameTime, YouTube, Pandora||YouTube, Revision3, Blip.tv, h.264 / XviD / MPEG-4, MKV / AVI / WMV||Blu-ray discs, VUDU, Netflix, CinemaNow, YouTube, Pandora, Napster|
|Apps / SDK:||N/A||Roku Channel / SDK available||Popapps Store / SDK available||NetCast widgets|
|Connectivity:||WiFi N, Ethernet||WiFi N, Ethernet||Ethernet, optional WiFi adapter||Ethernet, Disc|
|Video Quality:||720p, 5.1 audio||720p (1080p upgrade coming soon), 5.1 audio||1080p, 5.1 audio||1080p, 7.1 audio, DTS-HD MA / Dolby TrueHD audio|