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Sep 28, 2010

Video Box Battle Royale: Who Should Be Your TV's New Best Friend?

With new offerings from Roku and Apple, and the grand impending entrance of Google TV, the crowd of little plastic boxes that all want to stream your video is getting packed. And confusing. But we're here to help you compare.

While you know an MP3 player will play MP3s, and a DVD player will do its thing, the new breed of boxes don't wear their functionality on their sleeve. Set-top boxes, media boxes—we know they're boxes, yes, but what's inside? What are these boxes going to do for you? Some want to make renting movies a cinch, some want to help you stream the movies you already have—and some seem like they want to try to do it all. So take a look below, and see what matters most to you.

It might feel like comparing apples to oranges to turkey legs, but every device listed on the plate wants to help replace your TV.

40 comments:

Biff Tanner said...

Regular TV sucks

Robert said...

Yeah really intersting info here

Naj said...

wait... wat?

Drackar said...

So is this the start of a in depth review series?

TheCoolIgloo said...

i was thinking the same thing actually lol

This Guy: said...

Nice in-depth review here.

Anonymous College Student said...

GOOGLE ALL DAY ERRDAY

RoodNverse said...

cant wait to see it

surrealmethod said...

This is going to be an interesting read.

Thanks!

DailyDose said...

PC with media center gets my vote

AdPlusCommunications said...

I just can't stand normal TV's.

The Loon said...

Xbox.

Food (formerly BobComboBreaker) said...

I don't even know what half of these are.

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Shane said...

So far i've been unimpressed with everything that's supposed to 'replace' tv. I'm sure it will only get better though.

http://dailyaww.blogspot.com/ said...

hm hard decision!

LoneIslander said...

Bye Bye Cable!

Mutefox said...

Wait wait...they're replacing TV now? What's next?

Mantooth said...

I can't wait to see what comes of this. There are so many options out there.

`†he Պen†al Պasochis† said...

im actually a fan of the WD TV. its has a little trouble the audio codecs on mkv files tho

anoymous said...

cheers for awesome-er TV's!

Alex DeLarge said...

so many options

RandomlyRated said...

PS3 + Wii, 'nuff said

ego_rko said...

apple tv

ePanda said...

Apple TV plz!

ShiningMeow said...

I think I'll just stick to youtube and normal TV until TV streams onto the internet as mainstream media.

Crunky said...

I say neither, i'll just keep using my pc and piratebay...

Mr. Smith said...

I'll stick with the Xbox..

ShredGuitar said...

Nice, I like it.

Zykei said...

Lol I'm already streaming stuff from my computer onto my PS3 :P
Only thing sucks about it is that it can't run MKV files :(

i_love_weed said...

im probably gonna setup a small pc connected to my tv. ill just download what i want and then stream it to my tv.

all these products seem overpriced to me.

Janus Kane said...

Say what you want, my friends, I'll stick by Playstation. I defended them against the N64, and I'll defend them now... Especially against Apple. Fuck you Steve Jobbs, you're a monster.


With Love,
-JKane

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Geek's Paradise said...

I have a PC media center set up. Does everything I need it to do.

vogelhut said...

Eventually we'll just have a giant, all-in-one TV system.

Randy Weezner said...

my TV's best friend isnt me, thats fo sure

aComputerProgramer said...

I just plug my old eMac into the TV.

TheMans said...

This is an epic post.