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Media Boxes

The media box is a small version of a Home Theater PC (HTPC). In fact, media boxes are replacing HTPCs as technology improves and the size of electronics decreases. Media boxes connect to HDTVs and stream media content from the internet, other computers on the local network, or its own internal hard drive.

How people interact with a media box depends on the installed user interface. For example, Apple TV uses a pointer remote which is similar to how a Wii controller is used. In contrast Logetech Revue uses a small keyboard with their Google TV based media box.

The operating system installed on a media box greatly influences the user experience. Except for Google TV and Microsoft Windows, most operating systems are unique to their specific media box. For example, Boxee uses its social media center for its Boxee box and Apple uses iOS for its Apple TV.

Media Box Examples

Boxee Box
Boxee Box
  • Uses popular Boxee software with social apps and TV shows through the internet. Has a "Watch Later" feature for internet videos.
  • Can access video, music, pictures from a computer on the network. Comaptable with most video formats.
  • Double sided remote control with a full QWERTY keypad on the back.
  • 1080p video output
  • 802.11n Wireless capable
Apple TV
Apple TV
  • Apple app store capable
  • Use the iPhone or iPad to control
  • Small three inch footprint
  • Stream movies and music to an iPad or iPhone
  • 720p video output
  • 802.11n Wireless capable
Logitech Revue
Logitech Revue
  • Uses Google TV which supports Android apps
  • Full sized keyboard included
  • HDMI in and HDMI out allows interaction with cable or satellite TV
  • 1080p video output
  • 802.11n Wireless capable
Roku 2 HD
Roku
  • Supports Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Video, and other apps
  • Low price
  • Small three inch footprint
  • 720p video output
  • 802.11n Wireless capable

 


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