Apple TV

Apple TV, Within the first week of presales in January 2007, Apple TV was the top selling item at the Apple Store. Orders exceeded 100,000 units by the end of January and Apple began ramping-up to sell over a million units before the 2007 holiday season. Analysts began calling it a "DVD killer" that could enable multiple services. Analysts also predicted that Apple could sell up to 1.5 million units in the first year. Due to the growth of digital TV and consumers turning to Internet media services, an analyst predicted sales of 6.6 million Apple TVs by the end of 2009.

Apple TV Second Generation sold 250,000 units in the first two weeks it was available. On December 21, 2010, Apple announced that they had sold 1 million units. In the second fiscal quarter of 2011, it had topped 2 million in total sales, with 820,000 sold in that quarter alone.

On January 24, 2012, Apple announced they had sold 1.4 million units in the first fiscal quarter of 2012.

Apple TV 3rd Generation had sold 2.7 million of the 3rd generation model in 2012.

Apple
Apple TV (3rd Gen)
$99.00
2012
HDMI
1080p
H.264, MPEG-4, Motion JPEG
iTunes Store, Netflix, Hulu Plus, MLB, NBA.TV, YouTube,
Vimoe, WSJ Live, flickr, Internet Radio, Podcasts
HDMI, Optical(S/PDIF)
802.11n, 10/100 Ethernet
1xMicro-USB for maintenance
N/A (streaming)
None
via iTunes, iCloud, Photo Stream, Flickr
None
None
IR 6-button Remote, Remote iPhone App
Bonjour
iTunes, Airplay
N/A (streaming)

Roku

Roku is an American, privately held, consumer electronics company that sells home digital media products. The company is based in Saratoga, California. Roku manufactures a variety of digital media receivers that allow customers to access internet streamed video or audio services through televisions. This includes subscription based services as well as services that are available through the receiver free of charge. Content on the Roku DVP is provided by Roku partners, and are identified using the "channel" vernacular. Each separate channel supports content from one partner though some content partners have more than one channel. Users can add or remove different channels from the Roku Channel Store. In May 2011, Roku stated the DVP had over one million viewers and had delivered 15 million channel downloads. Both on-demand content and live streaming are supported by the devices. For live TV streams, Roku supports Apple HLS (HTTP Live Streaming) adaptive streaming technology.

Roku
XDS (2100X)
$169.00
2010
HDMI, Component Video, S-Video, Composite Video
1080p
Many[14]
Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Crackle, NHL, NBA, others[15]
HDMI, Optical(S/PDIF), Composite Audio
Ethernet, WiFi
1xUSB2.0
None
microSD
None
None
Roku Channel Store
IR 12-buttons
No
via channels
No

Boxee Box

Boxee Box by D-Link (officially "D-Link Boxee Box DSM-380") is a Linux-based set-top device and media extender that first began shipping in 33 countries worldwide on the 10th of November 2010. Designed to easily bring internet television and other video to the television via Boxee's software, it comes pre-installed with Boxee media center software and the hardware is based on Intel CE4110 system-on-a-chip platform (that has a 1.2 GHz Intel Atom CPU with a PowerVR SGX535 Integrated graphics processor), 1 GB of RAM, and 1 GB of NAND Flash Memory. The DM-380 features output ports for HDMI (version 1.3), optical digital audio (S/PDIF) connector, and RCA connector for analog stereo audio, two USB ports, an SD card slot, wired 100 Mbit/s (100BASE-T) ethernet, and built-in 2.4 GHz 802.11n WiFi.

The Boxee Box also ships with a small two-sided RF remote control with 4-way D-pad navigation and a full QWERTY keypad as standard, and this remote is also being sold separately with an USB-receiver as "D-Link Boxee Box Remote DSM-22" that one can use with Boxee installed on a computer so that one can use this remote without owning D-Link's Boxee Box. The look of both the case and remote prototypes for the Boxee Box was designed by San Francisco based Astro Studios, which is the same designer company that designed the look of Xbox 360 and the Microsoft Zune.

D-Link
Boxee Box by D-Link
$189.99
2010
HDMI v1.3
1080p
Many[1]
Netflix, MLB, NHL, Vudu, Pandora, Spotify, MOG (online music), Crackle[2],
others[3]
HDMI, Optical(S/PDIF), Composite Audio
802.11n, 10/100 Ethernet
2xUSB2.0
None
SD, SDHC
using IMDB etc
Yes
150+ on Boxee App Store and others
Double-sideed RF Remote w. Integrated keyboard, iPhone App
SMB[4]
SMB, others
No

Google TV

Google TV is a Smart TV platform from Google co-developed by Intel, Sony and Logitech. Google TV integrates Google's Android operating system and the Linux version of Google Chrome browser to create an interactive television overlay on top of existing Internet television and WebTV sites to add a 10-foot user interface. Google TV initially launched October 6, 2010, with official devices from Sony and Logitech.

Google TV's first generation devices were created and commercialized by Sony and Logitech. The first generation of devices was based on x86 architecture processor by Intel. For the second generation of devices new partners have joined, like LG, Samsung and Vizio, some of which include 3D capabilities. The second generation of Google TV devices are based in ARM architecture processors.

An update in November 2011 allowed access to Google Play and enabled search to find content from live TV, Netflix, YouTube, HBO GO, Amazon, and more. As of February 2012 there were less than a million Google TV users, according information hidden in Google's own data. Also interesting: Logitech's Revue set-top box makes up more than half of those devices. The active install base for this app, according to Google's Android Market, currently is 500,000 to 1 million. The same is true for all the other apps that come pre-installed with Google TV, which suggests that the number of Google TV devices that are currently being used by consumers is less than 1 million. This data is supported by findings from Xyologic, which recently estimated that the install base for various preinstalled apps ranges from around 600,000 to 900,000 devices. I asked Xyologic co-founder Matthäus Krzykowski how the company gathers its data, and he told me that it estimates the install base of apps based on a number of data points, and usually only sees error margins of a few percentage points.

Google
Nexus Q
N/A
2012
Micro HDMI (Type D)
Unknown
Google Play video only
Google Play
S/PDIF, Micro HDMI (Type D), banana jack speaker outputs
10/100BASE-T, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, NFC
1xMicro-USB2 for maintenance
None
None
Google Play
None
None
None
None
None
None

WDTV

Western Digital Corporation is an industry-leading developer and manufacturer of storage products that enable people to create, manage, experience and preserve digital content. The Company designs and makes storage devices, networking equipment and home entertainment products under the WD, HGST and G-Technology brands. The Company serves each of the primary markets addressing storage opportunities - enterprise and cloud data centers, client, consumer electronics, backup, the internet and other emerging markets such as automotive and home and small office networking.

The main competitive product of WDTV is the WD TV® set-top box media players connect to a user's television or home theater system and play digital movies, music and photos from an integrated hard drive, network hard drives, any of our WD® -branded external hard drives, other USB mass storage devices or content services accessed over the Internet.

Research and development is performed within the USA however, manufacturing occurs in China, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Net revenue was $9.5 billion for 2011 with $1.8 billion gross margin. Total hard drive shipments increased to 207 million units as compared to 194 million units for the prior year.

Product 1

Western Digital
WD TV Live Hub
N/A
2010
HDMI v1.4, Component, Composite
1080p
Many
Netflix, CinemaNow, Blockbuster, Pandora
Optical (S/PDIF), Composite Audio
Ethernet, Optional WiFi dongle
2xUSB 2.0
1TB
None
None
None
None
IR, 17 buttons
Yes. WD only
Yes. WD only
None

Product 2

Western Digital
WD Live TV
N/A
2009
HDMI v1.3, Component, Composite
1080p
Many
N/A
Optical (S/PDIF), Composite Audio
Ethernet, Optional WiFi dongle
2xUSB 2.0
None
None
None
None
None
IR. 17 buttons
None
DLNA, SMB
Yes. WB