Ever since I got my own place, I felt like three was an emptiness. In the soul of my apartment was an abyss created by the lack of Netflix. Recently, I was able to save up money to buy a product that could stream Netflix onto my TV.*
As always, I explored all options with as much objectivity as my rationale could afford. Here were the challengers:
- Google TV: $300/$400. Gorgeous user interface, replaces the HDMI output of your TV feed. $400 dollar box has Blu-ray.
- Blue-ray Player with Built in Wi-fi: ~$180. Self explanatory.
- Roku: $60/$80/$100. Need $80 dollar box and above for 1080p resolution.
- Apple TV: $100. Syncs to iTunes.
- Xbox: $200/$300/$400. $400 dollar Xbox comes with the revolutionary Kinect system. To stream Netflix, a $50/yr Xbox Live fee is required.
- PS3: $300/$400. Comes with Blu-ray.
- Wii: $200. Plays Wii game. Wii motion system has become outdated by the Kinect.
Some systems had Blu-ray, which is something I coveted:
- Google TV.
- Blu-ray player with built in Wi-fi .
- PS3 .
Some systems functioned as gaming systems:
- Xbox with Kinect!
Some systems were under $200:
- Apple TV
- Blu-ray player with Wi-fi.
Aside from the Wii, I ultimately had a strong case for all the challengers. But my priorities started with price. So what did I choose? I'm the proud owner of Apple TV! It's relatively cheap, cheap enough that I was able to afford an $80 Toshiba Blu-ray player. Too bad my TV doesn't have 3 HDMI outputs for my Blu-ray, Apple TV, and cable.
* It's really hard to beat an $8/month unlimited streaming plan.