With that in mind we present the chart above, summarizing the various major apps available from most major TV manufacturers this year. As you can see, pretty much everything has Netflix, and the differences begin from there.
Compared with, the major addition to the chart is HBO Go, which is currently exclusive to Samsung TVs. It's a superb app with a wealth of content that helps makes Samsung's suite the most compelling of the year, especially for HBO subscribers (at least, those whose ).
On October 24th Samsung cemented its content lead by, Amazon Instant. Especially for owners of the popular and people who subscribe to Amazon Prime -- allowing access to all-you-can-eat Prime Instant Videos -- Amazon Instant has become a must-have app on the same order as Netflix.
We also added a "Roku" column this year to illustrate a basic point: for $50, the price of a, you can access a substantial array of content, including HBO Go, on any TV. Blu-ray players, game consoles, and other standalone boxes like also offer many of these apps and cost far less than a new TV.
The chart doesn't attempt to show every app, just the ones that we think matter most. All of these makers offer many, many other apps, from minor video and music services to games to proprietary branded apps (we includedbecause of its breadth of content) to 3D video streaming to news, sports, weather, finance fitness, kids, etc. Leave a comment if there are any missing from the chart that you consider "major" enough to include.
This article has been updated several times to keep pace with changes in TV app suites.