The TV on the Internet world has had a bunch of interesting announcements this week. We now know Apple TV is running IOS on the inside (TV Apps anyone?) and Hulu+ is coming to the Roku box. When will we get that ultimate box?
Does Microsoft have a chance with all in this?
Let's cover the big issues (in my mind at least): Price, Netflix integration, Hulu+ integration, Movies to purchase/rent, Television to purchase/rent:
Roku: $69 and up – Netflix yes / Hulu yes / Movies yes (Amazon) / Television yes (Amazon)
Apple TV: $99 – Netflix yes / Hulu no / Movies yes / Television limited
Xbox: $199 and up – Netflix yes / Hulu yes / Movies yes / Television yes
Boxee Box: $249 – Netflix yes / Hulu yes / Movies yes / Television yes (free/paid)
We just don't know enough about Google TV (yet) to include here.
Microsoft sent an Xbox with the Fall Update Preview Beta. Very nice integration. Haven't been able to talk about it until today. BTW, here are Engadget's thoughts.
Yes, Roku is cheaper but she doesn't let me play Gears of War – nuff said.
I think Microsoft has something very cool here – but I'd love your thoughts. I got everything I want on this device (minus iPhone integration, of course) and don't know or see how Apple can deliver on their Apple TV platform (or at least what we know of it today). Boxee is more expensive and does a lot less. Yes, I have some free Internet TV viewing options but there are ways to get that on the Xbox as well.