No sooner than I thought my TV experience was complete in Cuenca a friend loaned me a Roku Box to test on my system. In my TV revisited post
I mentioned all the hardware and software service I used. The summary is below
- VPN Router with Strong VPN software
- Apple TV
- Subscriptions to Netflix, and Amazon Prime
The Apple TV gave me the ability to stream via wif anything from my MAC, iPad, iPod or iPhone. Having a significant investment in Apple products I thought gave me the advantage to see everything that I wanted without the Roku Box.
Here are my findings after testing the Roku box for 3 days.
- A significant increase in video and audio channels over Apple TV
- I like the Remote better than the simple Apple TV remote
- Amazon Video Selection is a channel on the Roku rather than streamed from my iPad
- USTVNOW is a channel on Roku – I can easily watch Football games on my Big Screen TV
- Searching is more complete and easier on the Roku Box
- I can attach headphones to the Roku Box
- Netflix streams better on the Roku.
What would I recommend?
If you have the available HDMI ports I would say buy both. Apple TV has the very impressive Itunes store for unlimited movie and TV shows. Airplay is only available on the Apple TV so if you have Apple hardware this is a hard one to pass up. Also in mid October Apple is making a major announcement that includes improvements to the Apple TV.
- Apple TV – $99 (one time)
- Roku Box – $99 (one time)
- VPN Router – $149 (one time)
- VPN Software- $90 (per year)
- Netflix – ($8 per month)
- Amazon Prime Membership ( $70 per year)