Apple TV vs. Roku

Europa

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Thanks, Europa. The idea of a cross device server platform is intriguing but as I said, I'm pretty happy with my current set up.
You're welcome. Too elaborate on your original question, the only benefits of Air Video over Beamer would be lower cost and remote access. Beamer had to be used with an Apple TV whereas Air Video will work on an iPhone or iPad over 3G/4G/LTE.
 

flightmedic

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yes, I'm not sure that would work with me, then. I don't have a stationary desktop. If I had a dedicated media server at home I would look into it. Amazon Instant Video and NetFlix is my mainstay now, except for the movies I already have.
 
This topic is much on my mind right now. Tell you why.

We are an Apple extended family but we've alway had Roku. Then my son gives us AppleTV last Christmas. Since, they've run each on Big Screens in different rooms.

First trouble came with a series (White Collar) in SuperHD through Netflix which refused to load on the AppleTV. Just spun the wait signal then exited. Tried other programs; same result.

Went into the den and Roku 2 brought it in without hesitation. This happened a couple of nights running. Since then both have run fine.

Roku offers an iOS app which is a remote but has one tremendous advantage: you can use your iPhone keyboard for search and settings. It is such a pleasure to avoid the single-plunk horribles of dedicated remotes.

I do not believe Apple offers anything that sensible. Apparently what they call Remote merely brings your iTunes music to your TV, which is useless to us.

All in all, advantage Roku at this station and time.


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just an update we have now added more than 20 live channels. hbo,espn,history channel, sky mexico,and sports channels, just to name a few. more live channels to come like special events channel for boxing and ufc
 

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Load times are much faster for my Roku 3 versus ATV for the same channels in the same room. I basically only use the ATV for buying movies that aren't available as early on Amazon.
 

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Load times are much faster for my Roku 3 versus ATV for the same channels in the same room. I basically only use the ATV for buying movies that aren't available as early on Amazon.
I've noticed the same between version 2 of Apple TV and ROKU. We've yet to upgrade to Roku 3. At this point, I'll be waiting for Roku 4. Amazon Fire TV is our go-to box for Netflix and Plex. It's noticeably faster than anything we own.
 

ruthvistephan

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I am interested in your thoughts on the new Apple tv (as you receive and use it) in comparison to the Roku XD/s device.

Hardware wise Roku Speed Test Scrabble Word Finder Solitaire appears to be better....
Integration with iTunes gives ATV an advantage

Thanks
i guess i need an htpc. i don't rent from iTunes or netflix and to keep the lappy open all the time just to have access to my library seems absurd.