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You’ve finally decided to enter the second decade of the 21st century and purchase a streaming media box to upgrade your home theater. Before you make the leap, however, you want to parse the options, including Boxee, Roku, and Apple TV.

Let’s take a look at these three boxes one by one.

Roku TV

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Roku offers a plethora of streaming services and costs far less than Apple TV. You can get content from practically everywhere, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, HBO GO and even more obscure sites like Rdio, TWiT.TV, and Crackle. Oddly, you cannot yet access YouTube videos. Editors praise Roku’s intuitive navigation system and ability to work with non-high def TVs.

Apple TV

Although Apple TV is more expensive than Roku, it offers compelling features, such as AirPlay Mirroring and an app for Hulu Plus. AirPlay, when operated via the Mountain Lion OS, allows you to stream whatever you have on your computer onto your television, sans wires. That’s a big plus. If you’re already in the “Apple camp” — that is, you own a Mac and you swear by your iPod, iPad, etc — the Apple TV box allows you to integrate your home theater and surround sound system easily.


Boxee TV is a cloud-based system that allows you to store DVRs unlimitedly and watch multimedia on practically every screen in your home. Boxee can play standard files and get you access to free TV channels. It also provides support for YouTube, Pandora, Spotify, Netflix and other apps.

Integrating your home electronics ecosystem is both simpler and most complicated than it used to be. Fortunately, you don’t have to do all the hard work of integrating components, troubleshooting, and optimizing by yourself. The team here at Karbon Home Theater can provide a free consultation to help you figure out the best possible set up, given your budget, needs, desires, and tech savviness.

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