Just because Dad's already getting a Roku 3 doesn't mean you should skip the Apple TV. There's plenty of room for both compact boxes, especially if dad has a few other Apple products hanging around. The Apple TV's secret weapon is AirPlay, which makes it dead simple to wirelessly stream music, videos and photos from an iPhone or Pad. It even supports most third-party apps, so it's a cinch to stream Spotify or Pandora straight to your home theater.
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The good: The Apple TV lets you stream all the video content in the iTunes Store to your HDTV, with purchases stored in the cloud. Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, MLB.TV, and a handful of other online media services are available, plus music, videos, and photos can be streamed from iOS devices using AirPlay. AirPlay Mirroring lets you stream any Web video to the Apple TV, if you have a newer Mac running Mountain Lion. And the Apple TV's user interface is one of the best there is.
The bad: The competing Roku 3 offers more content sources (including Amazon Instant), cross-platform search, and a remote with a headphone jack. The Apple TV is less of a standout streamer box if you don't own other Apple devices.
The bottom line: While it's still a step behind the Roku 3, the Apple TV is an excellent streaming box, especially for those invested in the Apple ecosystem.
May 5, 2013 10:10 PM PDT
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