Apple TV (2nd gen., late 2010)

by Apple

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40GB AppleTV (2007)

by Apple

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EyeTV Hybrid (2010)

by Elgato

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FlipShare TV

by Cisco

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Price
Pros
  • Small size
  • Low price
  • Runs cool
  • Supports Netflix streaming
  • Solid 720p playback
  • Responsive interface
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Streaming works remarkably well over moderate-to-fast networks
  • Solid picture quality
  • Beautiful interface
  • Lets you watch, record, edit, and export TV shows
  • Works with free and HD programs
  • Software includes editing functionality
  • Setup isn't too complicated
  • Capably streams HD Flip videos from computer to HDTV
Cons
  • Limited rental content on iTunes
  • Home Sharing requires single iTunes account
  • Initial setup still requires tedious text input
  • Supports a limited variety of video formats
  • No support for 5.1 channel surround-sound
  • Antenna not included
  • IR remote requires line-of-sight
  • Can't set number of episodes to record with Smart Series
  • Complicated to use with cable or satellite boxes
  • Web streaming requires a robust network connection
  • Pricey for what it does
At A Glance