Best streaming player. Roku vs. Apple TV.
Comparing Roku vs. Apple TV streaming players?
See who wins the title of Best Streaming player.
Compare streaming player features and decide for yourself.
Roku 3
Apple TV
Price
$99.99
$99.00
Entertainment choices
 
 
Number of entertainment channels
750+
13+
Netflix (subscription movies and TV shows)
yes
yes
Hulu Plus (current TV shows)
yes
yes
Amazon Instant Video (video on demand, includes free movies with Prime)
yes
 
VUDU (latest movie releases)
yes
 
HBO GO
yes
yes
YouTube
yes
yes
Crackle (free movies and shows)
yes
 
PBS
yes
AirPlay only
Time Warner Cable (live TV) for existing cable subscribers
yes
 
Other entertainment (sports, news, music, kids, international)
 
 
Pandora (music)
yes
AirPlay only
VEVO (music videos)
yes
AirPlay only
Spotify (music)
yes
AirPlay only
PBS Kids
yes
 
Disney (kids)
yes
 
MLB.TV - Major League Baseball
yes
yes
NBA - Professional Basketball
yes
yes
MLS - Major League Soccer
yes
AirPlay only
NHL - National Hockey League
yes
yes
UFC - Ultimate Fighting Championship
yes
 
NBC News
yes
Airplay Only
Fox News
yes
 
Huffington Post (news)
yes
 
CNBC (business news)
yes
 
DishWorld (international programming - 12 languages)
yes
 
Angry Birds Space (game)
yes
AirPlay only
Key player features
 
 
Player size
3.5 x 3.5 x 1.0 inches
3.9 x 3.9 x 0.9 inches
Up to 1080p HD video streaming*
yes
yes
Remote with built-in headphone jack (for private listening)
yes
 
Remote with no line of sight required
yes
 
Motion-controlled gaming
yes
 
Search for movies and shows across multiple channels
yes
 
Instant replay button (rewind video 7 seconds)
yes
 
App compatibility
iOS, Android
iOS
Connectivity and media playback
 
 
Connects to HDTVs
yes
yes
Built-in wireless (Wi-Fi)
yes
yes
Available dual-band Wireless-N – the latest standard
yes
yes
Ethernet port
yes
yes
USB 2.0 port for playing media from local USB device**
yes
 
microSD card slot (to add memory)
yes
 
Optical audio out slot
 
yes
Bluetooth support (for wireless peripheral connection)
 
yes

What the press are saying...

Apple TV vs. Roku: Which streaming box should you buy?

By Matthew Moskovciak - CNET
Roku's ace in the hole has always been its impressive lineup of content. The company is aggressive about continually adding more content sources.
CNET

Why this loyal Apple user switched from Apple TV to Roku

By Brian S Hall - readwrite
I've switched from Apple TV to Roku 3 and am happy I did. More options, more content, slightly better terms, a remote control that doesn't feel like a cheap toy and, most surprisingly, an overall superior television experience.
readwrite

REVIEW: The Roku 3 blows away the Apple TV

By Steve Kovach - Business Insider
What's most important in today's streaming devices is the interface, an interface that lets you find what you want to watch as quickly as possibly and jump in. You also need plenty of good content to enjoy.The newest box from Roku, the Roku 3, achieves both these things better than any other device I've used, making the $99.99 streaming box the best you can buy today.
Business Insider