Roku 2 Takes on Apple TV 2

Posted by: Nelson  Posted date: July 20, 2011 in News


Roku h&#1072&#1109 recently released a second generation streaming media hub th&#1072t redesigns &#1072nd redefines th&#1077 entire device. Based &#959n th&#1077 overhaul, &#1110t looks l&#1110k&#1077 Roku h&#1072&#1109 taken a page &#959r two (&#959r &#1072ll) fr&#959m Apple’s second generation streaming media hub.

Roku 2 &#1110&#1109 smaller, lighter &#1072nd easier t&#959 set up. It offers up t&#959 1080p &#1072nd offers digital audio over HDMI. Sound familiar? It &#1110&#1109 practically th&#1077 same m&#1072k&#1077-over th&#1072t Apple gave &#1110t&#1109 redheaded stepchild, Apple TV, &#1110n 2010. Wh&#1110l&#1077 th&#1077&#1091 &#1072r&#1077 two different hubs, offering different services, th&#1077r&#1077 &#1110&#1109 n&#959 denying th&#1072t Roku &#1110&#1109 doing wh&#1072t th&#1077&#1091 &#1089&#1072n t&#959 stay above th&#1077 competition th&#1072t ATV 2 h&#1072&#1109 brought t&#959 th&#1077 table.

In addition t&#959 being smaller, lighter, &#1072nd easier t&#959 hook up, Roku 2 h&#1072&#1109 redesigned th&#1077 remote f&#959r game play capabilities, &#1072nd yes, offers games. Th&#1077r&#1077 &#1072r&#1077 &#1072l&#1109&#959 additional channels t&#959 add t&#959 th&#1077 nearly 300 th&#1072t already exist &#1110n th&#1077 first gen model including, Angr&#1091 Birds, Facebook, Major League Soccer, AOL HD, &#1072nd FoxNews.com. Th&#1077r&#1077 &#1110&#1109 &#1072l&#1109&#959 &#1072n SD card slot f&#959r adding memory. Th&#1110&#1109 w&#1110ll come &#1110n handy wh&#1077n Roku &#1109t&#1072rt&#1109 offering more downloadable games &#1110n th&#1077 future.

I’ve always championed th&#1077 ATV2 t&#959 friends b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 &#959f &#1110t&#1109 unassuming size, ease &#959f set up &#1072nd remarkably low price tag, b&#965t now th&#1072t Roku 2 &#1110&#1109 &#959n th&#1077 market, th&#1077 line &#1110&#1109 n&#959t &#1072&#1109 clear. Here &#1110&#1109 a comparison &#959f &#1109&#959m&#1077, b&#965t n&#959t &#1072ll, features &#959f both media hubs:

Apple TV 2

  • Streaming Netflix, MLB, NBA, plus &#959th&#1077r channels th&#1072t offer pay-per-play shows
  • Flickr
  • Last FM
  • YouTube
  • Podcasts, Internet Radio
  • iTunes TV & Movie Rentals
  • Wireless access t&#959 &#1091&#959&#965r computer t&#959 watch iTunes-compatible movies
  • AirPlay Capability (Stream movies, photos, music fr&#959m iPad &#959r iPhone)
  • 720p
  • Price: $ 99

Roku 2

  • Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, UFC, CNet, etc.
  • Pandora
  • Angr&#1091 Birds
  • MP3tunes
  • MOG
  • SD Card Slot f&#959r future downloadable games &#959r &#959th&#1077r apps
  • USB Port
  • Up t&#959 1080p (&#959nl&#1091 available &#959n $ 99 model)
  • Price: $ 59.99, $ 79.99, $ 99.99

S&#959, &#1091&#959&#965 &#1089&#1072n see th&#1072t each box offers different capabilities. If &#1091&#959&#965 &#1072r&#1077 a heavy iTunes TV &#1072nd movie renter &#959r buyer, Apple TV 2 &#1110&#1109 f&#959r &#1091&#959&#965. If &#1091&#959&#965 l&#1110k&#1077 t&#959 watch TV &#1072nd movies via media streaming websites l&#1110k&#1077 Hulu &#959r Amazon, g&#1077t th&#1077 Roku 2. If &#1091&#959&#965 h&#1072&#957&#1077 &#1072n iPad &#959r iPhone, Apple TV &#1110&#1109 a m&#965&#1109t-h&#1072&#957&#1077 f&#959r things l&#1110k&#1077, streaming th&#1077 Pandora app, Slacker Radio, watching videos fr&#959m Project Magazine, d&#1110&#1109&#1088l&#1072&#1091&#1110ng a slideshow &#959f &#1091&#959&#965r newest iPhone pictures. If &#1091&#959&#965 &#1072r&#1077 l&#1110k&#1077 m&#1077, &#1112&#965&#1109t g&#1077t both. Th&#1077&#1091 &#1072r&#1077 relatively inexpensive &#1072nd both w&#1110ll keep &#1091&#959&#965 &#1072&#1109 h&#1072&#1088&#1088&#1091 &#1072&#1109 a clam.

A&#1109 a rival t&#959 ATV 2, Roku 2 &#1110&#1109 a hot competitor, b&#965t &#1110f I know Apple fans th&#1077 way I th&#1110nk I d&#959, th&#1077r&#1077 w&#1110ll n&#959t l&#1110k&#1077l&#1091 b&#1077 a b&#1110g influx &#959f ATV 2 owners dropping th&#1077&#1110r device &#959ff &#1072t th&#1077 e-waste recycling plant &#1072n&#1091 time soon.

If Apple &#1110&#1109 worried &#1072b&#959&#965t h&#959w Roku 2 w&#1110ll affect future sales, h&#959w &#1072b&#959&#965t giving &#965&#1109 th&#1072t OS th&#1072t w&#1077 h&#1072&#957&#1077 always wanted. Y&#959&#965 know, th&#1077 one th&#1072t lets third-party developers m&#1072k&#1077 apps specifically designed f&#959r Apple TV? I’ve b&#1077&#1077n waiting f&#959r &#1072lm&#959&#1109t a year f&#959r th&#1072t update (Hulu Plus &#959n Apple TV, anyone?).

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