Roku LT (2013)
You might think that the Chromecast is the ultimate stocking stuff, but don't count out the Roku LT. It offers access to many more streaming video services, including HBO Go, Amazon Instant and Pandora, plus its dedicated TV interface means you don't need a smartphone/tablet to use it. It's just $15 more than the Chromecast and we think it's a better value.
The good: The Roku LT offers nearly the full Roku experience for $50. More than 1,000 channels are supported, including Netflix, Amazon Instant, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, Pandora, MLB.TV, Amazon Cloud Player, and Vudu. It also has cross-platform search that scours several major TV and movie services to find content.
The bad: There's still no official YouTube channel. Some services, including Netflix, have an outdated interface compared with what's on other streamers. The Apple TV still works better within Apple ecosystem.
The bottom line: The Roku LT is the best budget streaming-media device, easily topping the $35 Chromecast.
October 31, 2013 3:12 PM PDT
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