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Roku HD vs. Apple TV (third generation)Two top media-streaming devices, the Roku HD and the third-generation Apple TV, battle it out in this week's Prizefight. We rate them on design, features, content, and overall value.
What's up price five fans I'm Brian Tong we have another blood that's grudge match in a battle between two CNET editor's choice streaming media boxes. There's a prize fight punch out between the -- -- steam and the Apple TV third generation. Our judges for this -- -- executive editor John -- withdrawals Falcone senior associate that are not near the big show was still react. And myself -- TomTom. We'll take each round -- -- the -- the nearest tenth we'll point the final price. The ballroom the same system does get this party started round one. The Rodney -- is a little shiny black box. Rounded corners a purple accent heads and it has a fabric tag that still belongs on a T shirt. -- third generation Apple TV is a little matte black box with the rounded corners. Here these guys will get away and we're getting them both live extras interface -- navigation. Broke lazy keeps -- simple utilitarian interface with its single -- navigation. Saddam is more -- a -- required a credit card. It won't wow you visually but it does the job done and it's easy to customize by adding channels for your favorite content with a straight -- remote. But the best part of its remote is its quick access buttons dedicated to Netflix pandora and crackle the jump directly into their apps. Now the Apple -- is revamped interface is still to clean and elegant experience that you expect. Animations are smooth and its interface feels really polished there's no real customization here but it's sleek silver remote is easy to use as well. The Apple TV gets up five and will face the -- before. Got trapped into round the big -- lead by half a point round three is features. Roku has always sit down the product could mean there. Bare essentials. It connects any TV with -- live up to seven point -- but there's composite video for analog TVs as well. There's 80211 and Wi-Fi but no airplay and if you're looking for more than you'll find -- it's a bigger roku Brothers but just not here. Now the Apple TV third -- brings HDMI with up to 1080. 80211 N Wi-Fi but -- also have options for optical audio out. And an ethernet port. Then you jump to the software we're -- an Apple device pays off. From every blizzard or -- -- a plate and display content. Directly from your IOS devices. And airplay mirroring and allows or Apple laptop computer screen to be here on your TV with just one -- if it supported. And that's just huge. Nothing Paisley -- 99 a year for iTunes match you can access your entire music collection and use the iCloud you'll also be able to view your photos stream. Plus some windows machines and Macs can share their music -- -- their home sharing. The Apple TV is feature -- even if you happen. Ecosystem and Apple takes this round with a five and the Rogue do if he gets a port next round. You've heard the same content is king. It holds true here. Both streaming boxes -- access to Netflix and Hulu plus. But roku shines with over 100 channels of content like Amazon video on demand an HBO go which cover your movies and TV shows. There's pandora for music discovery and and social services like FaceBook and Flickr have apps there's also on demand sports for the NHL and NBA and specific content. Like our old CNET channel -- this stuff for the kiddies with the Disney Channel. Really the roku -- media options are endless and customizable. Now Apple's box has access to content from iTunes to purchase TV shows and movies. And they have support for on demand sports we're -- Apple TV's additional -- services like YouTube and video. Is pretty -- on the new loophole is that you can actually play more content. Through airplay -- if you have the right Apple hardware but it's limited to specific machines from mid 2011 and higher and that's just not victory. The roku punches back with a perfect five. He gets a more. Stuff trap it around Apple still hold us we invite three sensible point the final round that decides -- -- -- The roku HD does an amazing deal at 59 dollars and offers tons of value 59 -- guys that's all I have to say. Build Apple TV -- windows 99 dollar price point and it might be more than what you're looking for. But it's finally worth the price of admission especially if all you do is -- -- in the final round were calling it. Five bullets out -- all five rounds and in a battle I've then went back and forth local. Little story anyhow. Apple TV finally to -- the champ in this face off four point eight -- the four point six and is your. Hey guys can't go wrong with -- CNET editor's choice premium boxes and the Apple TV reigns supreme today. But if you don't know any Apple -- the -- who may still be the winner for you. I'm Brian Tong thinks watching and they are -- eBay's -- catch you guys next time for another prize fight.