With the Internet increasingly becoming the central way that media is distributed, devices are popping up to connect web-based content to our living room TVs. After all, it's not too comfortable to lie on the couch with a laptop on your stomach when you could be reclining and enjoying your big HDTV.
Two of the most prominent and popular devices that send web-delivered content to TVs are Apple's Apple TV and the Roku player (aka Netflix Player by Roku). Both are set-top boxes that connect to large, web-based media libraries. But one of those is subscription-based, the other priced on a per-item basis. And the differences don't end there.
This chart shows how the two boxes stack up against each other.
|Apple TV||Roku HD||Roku 2 XD||Roku 2 XS|
(used for streaming,
|Hulu Plus Support||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Amazon Video on Demand Support||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|