|Platform||Apple TV||Google TV||Roku XR||Boxee Box|
|Price||$99|| N/A (Expected $200)||$99||$199|
|Connectivity||802.11b/g/n, Ethernet||802.11b/g/n, Ethernet||802.11b/g/n, Ethernet||802.11b/g/n, Ethernet|
|Resolution||720p||1080p||720p (1080p coming)||1080p|
|Streaming Services||$.99 Fox, ABC rentals, HD movie rentals, YouTube||Dozens: Netflix, Pandora, Last.fm, DVR content, live TV, YouTube||Dozens: Netflix, Youtube, Amazon VoD, MLB, Revision3, and more||Hundreds: Netflix, YouTube, Hulu (maybe), MLB, and more|
|Format Support||m4v, mp4, mov, avi over AirPlay|| N/A||N/A||Any non-DRM format|
|Outputs||HDMI, Optical audio||HDMI, Optical Audio||Composite, Component, S-Video, HDMI, Optical audio||HDMI, Stereo, Optical audio|
|Inputs||microUSB||USB||USB||USB, SD card|
Perhaps the biggest chink in Apple’s armor is their new $.99 television show rentals from ABC and Fox. Sure, that’s an attractive price-point--but with Amazon Video on Demand selling those same videos for $.99, it’s hard to recommend renting via Apple TV. Unless you’re a watch-it-once disposable TV consumer, in which case the Apple TV is your device.
Bussiness Insider points out, Google’s hoping to bring the power and range of the computer to the living room. We’re all for supporting web video, but Google TV will need a big marketing push, incredibly friendly interface and irresistible price-point to take up a position between the TV and cable box as a do-it-all device. It’s also important to note that Google TV is a platform, not one specific device, so exact specs ma: all of our spec data came from Logitech’s Google TV offering.
From where we’re sitting, these four platforms are vying for two markets. Apple TV and Roku will battle it out for one, while Google TV and Boxee will scuffle for the other. The Google/Boxee bout is too early to call, but Roku clearly offers more for your $99. Unless you’re a huge fan of that big ol’ Apple logo and AirPlay streaming, or simply love the minimal form-factor of Apple TV, look into a Roku XR.
Image credits: Engadget, Logitech, Boxee