|Product||Roku HD (2012)||Google Chromecast||Roku LT (2012)|
|Price||$61.50 to $86.61||$31.99 to $44.95||Pricing is currently unavailable.|
|CNET editors' rating||4 stars||3.5 stars||4 stars|
|Average user rating||3 stars||3 stars||3 stars|
|Release date||May 8, 2012||July 24, 2013||November 7, 2011|
|Bottom line|| |
With its ability to stream hundreds of audio and video channels (including Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, and Hulu Plus), the $60 Roku HD would be our top pick for those seeking an ultra-affordable Internet media box -- if not for the fact that it's nearly identical to the slightly cheaper Roku LT.
Google's $35 Chromecast stick is a cheap and easy way to add streaming video and music to your TV, but it still isn't as fully featured as similarly priced Roku boxes.
The Roku LT is a killer streaming-media box, offering tons of streaming content -- including favorites like Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, and Pandora -- for just $50.
|Product type|| |
Digital multimedia receiver
TV streaming adapter
|Playback capabilities|| |
Internet video playback
Internet radio playback
|Full specifications||Full specifications||Full specifications||Full specifications|
|Buying choices||Prices from 2 stores||Prices from 6 stores|| |
Pricing is currently unavailable.