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Chart: 14 set-top media streamers compared (update)

Key features, specs and online programming options for 14 Internet TV streaming devices, from Apple TV to WD TV Live

December 21, 2012 06:00 AM ET

The chart accompanies our story Cut the cord: 14 set-top media streamers. Click through to that article for more details about each device.

This page was updated on Jan. 14, 2013 to include the Netgear NeoTV Prime with Google TV, launched at International CES 2013.

Internet TV streamers: Features and specs

  Apple TV D-Link Boxee TV / Boxee Box Netgear NeoTV /
NeoTV Pro / NeoTV Max / NeoTV Prime with Google TV
Roku LT / HD /
2 XD / 2 XS
Sony Internet Player with Google TV Vizio Co-Star WD TV Live
Price $99 $99 / $180 $50 / $60 / $70 / $130 $49 / $59 / $79 / $99 $150 $100 $99
Dimensions (W x D x H) 3.9 x 3.9 x 0.9 in. BTV: 6.7 x 3.8 x 1.6 in.
BB: 4.7 x 4.7 x 4.7 in.
NeoTV / Pro / Max: 3.6 x 3.6 x 1 in.
Prime: 4.7 x 4.1 x 1.5 in.
3.9 x 3.9 x 1 in. 8 x 5.1 x 1.3 in.
4.2 x 4.2 x 1.6 in. 4.9 x 3.9 x 1.2 in.
Maximum resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 LT / HD: 1280 x 720
2 XD / 2 XS:
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
802.11n Wi-Fi Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ethernet port Yes Yes Yes LT / HD / 2 XD: No
2 XS: Yes
Yes Yes Yes
Connections to TV HDMI HDMI All: HDMI
Pro / Max: composite
HDMI, composite HDMI HDMI HDMI, composite
Other connections AirPlay, SPDIF optical audio BB: Audio jack, SPDIF optical audio Pro / Max: WiDi, audio jack
Prime: HDMI-in
None HDMI-in, SPDIF optical audio HDMI-in SPDIF optical audio
Internal storage None None NeoTV / Pro / Max: None
Prime: 4 GB
None 8 GB None None
SD card slot None BTV: None
BB: SD
NeoTV / Pro / Prime: None
Max: microSD
LT / HD: None
2 XD / 2 XS: microSD
None None None
USB ports 0 2 NeoTV / Pro: 0
Max / Prime: 1
LT / HD: 0
2 XD / 2 XS: 2
2 1 2
Cloud storage No BTV: Yes
BB: No
No No No No No
Remote has keyboard No BTV: No
BB: Yes
NeoTV / Pro: No
Max / Prime: Yes
No Yes Yes No
Remote control mobile app iOS iOS Android, iOS Android, iOS Android, iOS Android, iOS Android, iOS
Live TV integration No BTV: Yes
BB: With add-on TV tuner
NeoTV / Pro / Max: No
Prime: Yes
No Yes Yes With add-on TV tuner
Can record shows No BTV: Yes*
BB: No
No No No No With add-on TV tuner
Web browser No BTV: No
BB: Yes
NeoTV / Pro / Max: No
Prime: Yes
No Yes Yes No
Games Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Programming sources iTunes, Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr, MLB.tv, NBA.com, NHL GameCenter, WSJ Live Netflix, Vudu, YouTube, Vimeo, MLB.tv, WSJ Live, Pandora, AccuWeather NeoTV / Pro / Max: Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, Pandora, Cinema Now, YouTube, Rhapsody, Facebook and dozens more
Prime: Google Play Store, Google TV including Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, HBO Go, Pandora and dozens more
Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Crackle, HBO Go, Vudu, Pandora, Weather Underground, WSJ Live, MLB.tv, Vimeo, Picasa, Flickr and hundreds more Google Play Store, Sony Entertainment Network, Google TV including Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, HBO Go, Pandora and dozens more Google Play Store, OnLive cloud gaming, Google TV including Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, HBO Go, Pandora and dozens more Netflix, Hulu Plus, Facebook, Pandora, Spotify, YouTube, Vudu, MLB.tv, Flixster,Vimeo, Picasa and dozens more
Warranty 1 year 1 year 1 year 90 days 1 year 90 days 1 year
* With Boxee's No Limits DVR service, available only in select cities
Sources: Set-top box manufacturers


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