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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Apple TV or Roku Box?

Posted By on Wed, May 29, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Q: I’ve been considering getting an Apple TV or a Roku Box. Which one is better?

A: Both are great devices that are simple to setup and use, have a lot of good content on them, and are around the same price, $89-99.

The Roku Box is backwards compatible with older TVs, whereas you must get an adapter for the Apple TV if you don’t have HDMI which costs at least $30. All of the music, photos and videos on your iTunes account can be played on an Apple TV. If you have an iPhone or iPad you can control your Apple TV and show anything on them on your TV with AirPlay Mirroring. Both boxes have YouTube, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vimeo, NHL, NBA and MLB, but the Roku Box also has Amazon Instant Video and Pandora. The Roku Box has a USB reader for video, music and photos.

In the end, it’s all about personal preference. If you are invested in iTunes, you might lean toward the Apple TV. If you have an older TV or you want to watch Amazon Instant Video, you might want to lean toward the Roku Box. Either way, let us know so we can come over and watch TV. We'll bring the Tostitos Scoops.

ABOUT RAY HOLLISTER

Ray Hollister co-hosts the call-in help show Deemable Tech. Each week, he and his co-host, Tom Braun, answer questions submitted by users and provide helpful tips about computers, tablets, mobile phone, the Internet and technology in general. Need tech help? Call 1-888-972-9868 or send them an email at questions@deemable.com. Subscribe to Deemable Tech's podcast by clicking here, searching for "Deemable Tech" in iTunes, or by entering the RSS feed, http://dmbl.co/pod, in your favorite podcast app.

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