questionswhich is best? wd tv live, boxee, apple tv, or…

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Good luck on getting a definitive answer on this. All I can say is that I have a Roku. I love it and because of it, I got rid of cable. I have several D-Link products that all perform well, so the Boxee Box (not actually developed by D-Link) does intrest me. I haven't picked one up yet, but I probably will sometime over the next year. I've heard that they may have rushed it out into the marketplace (something that happens all too often) and that they are still refining it. All I can say is that the Roku work for me.

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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.

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Thanks for your input! I have a WD TV Live right now but I'm actually less than impressed by it. It does ok, but the interface is not great. I'm thinking of trying out the Roku and see how it goes. Thanks again!

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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.

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@hackman2007 is right about the the flaky wireless of the Roku. Even with my 'N' set-up I had issues. I eventually hard-wired via an ethernet cable and it works like a champ. I realize some peolpe have aesthetic issues with wires, but it was not a problem for me because mine are in the walls.

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@hackman2007: Good to know about the wireless issues. I do have the WD TV Live setup via a wired ethernet cable, so I could just swap it for the Roku without much hassle, I think...

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I initially had a problem with the wireless on my Roku, but I did a firmware update for my wireless router and have never had any issues since

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@weemdog: You can.

@3dgraphics: I tried that and nothing changed, but honestly, I was running wires/cables in my walls anyway at that time for a home theater set-up, so I never tried anything else but the ethernet cable after the firmware update failed help me.

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@weemdog: Then you should be fine. I do have mine on wireless and it works fine. I just thought I would let you know in case you find yourself cursing at your router and the Roku :) .

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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.

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I've only seen/used the Roku option, but decided on it after reseatching the various offerings. I am very happy with the Roku XDS. Netflix is the channel we watch most of the time. My son loves Thomas the Tank Engine, and he can watch episodes back-to-back (with no choppiness or buffering timeouts) until his medula ruptures. Roku works great.

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Thanks again for all of your input everyone! I think I will give the Roku a try and see how I like it.

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Apparently Roku's are now on sale in Walmarts: Roku XD for $78.00.

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I have an Apple TV (3rd gen) and a Boxee Box. While the AppleTV can do some cool stuff with pushing iTunes content to iPads, the Boxee gets used 95% of the time. It has an incredible amount of free content, and lots of extensible options for apps that bring in more content. With AppleTV, you are pretty much locked into Netflix or iTunes store for content, although anything you have on your Mac can pretty much be played, too.

The Boxee can also play essentially any media type, and can stream from your Mac and to your iPad (with a free app)

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Take it from someone who has had the WD for a week, and the Roku for about 6 months, there is no comparison. I thought "well, they make decent HDD's, so I'll try one. It cost more, but it probably is better."

No, I've spent 20-25 minutes waiting for the WD media player to find stuff on my Wi-Fi, thinking that it would be a one-time deal. I've had it for a week and have gone through the process 3 times. It loses the connection and then has to go through the same process.

Then, you hit the remote, and think, "did I hit the remote?" About 1 minute of waiting and then a couple more watching an orange arrow chase its tail, and you have complete frustration.

The Roku JUST WORKS. No waiting, no wondering if you hit a button.

I'm taking the WD back.