Which is best? WD TV Live, Boxee, Apple TV, or Roku?
Wondering which home media streaming appliance is the best. I want to use it for streaming video on my network, Netflix, Pandora, etc.
I have both an Apple TV and a Roku and I love them both. They each add something a little different to the media streaming experience. Both do Netflix, and I like the access to Amazon Video on the Roku better than the prices for renting on iTunes from the Apple TV. However, the ability to link and stream from your computer's iTunes account and your iPad/iPhone/iPod with Apple TV is awesome. Roku also has the ability to add channels like Crackle, Hulu Plus, etc, that you can't add to an Apple TV. I'm glad that I have both for their different capabilities.read more collapse
After researching them all...I bought my first Roku about 7 months ago. Loved it so much, I bought my second one last month. I come from a family that never really saw the point of paying for cable, so this is a great solution for us. We run the Roku's to supplement OTA TV. The Roku is simple, not very expensive, and allows for people to write the own channels if they chose. In addition to the internet fee (which I was going to buy anyhow), I do pay for Netflix, some movies from Amazon VOD, and also have a lifetime Playon subscription. Super inexpensive way to watch movies, hgtv, food network, hulu (through playon...paying for plus is a waste in my mind) more movies, check the weather, play my own media etc. There is also a private channel to check the woot deals. And for the pervs, there are adult stations. LOL
The best deal I've seen to purchase a Roku is at BJ's wholesale club...$99 for the XDS, HDMI cable, new remote.read more collapse
I've used both the Roku XD and the WD TV Live Plus.
If you just want to do online instant streaming and want to get up as quickly as possible, get the Roku (I would recommend the XD because the USB port on the XDS is useless almost). The problem with the Roku is, sometimes the wireless can be a bit unstable. I do love my Roku though, it does almost every instant streaming service provided you find a plugin (Vimeo, MLB.TV, Hulu Plus, Netflix, Pandora, etc).
If you want some instant streaming capability, but want to play video off of other computers and mostly offline files, then get the WD TV Live Plus. It is more difficult to set up though and doesn't have wireless built in.
I've used Boxee and XBMC on my computers and I didn't like the interface.read more collapse
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