|Product||Roku LT (2012)||Google Chromecast||Roku HD (2012)|
|Price||$49.99||$34.99 to $44.99||$49.99 to $97.35|
|CNET editors' rating||4 stars||3.5 stars||4 stars|
|Average user rating||3 stars||3 stars||3 stars|
|Release date||November 7, 2011||July 24, 2013||November 7, 2011|
|Bottom line|| |
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.
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.
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.
|Product type|| |
TV streaming adapter
Digital multimedia receiver
|Playback capabilities|| |
Internet video playback
Internet radio playback
|Full specifications||Full specifications||Full specifications||Full specifications|
|Buying choices||Prices from 1 store||Prices from 6 stores|| |