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Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:24:53 PM
re: Roku, Boxee Don't Fear Apple TV's Bite

No surprise that Roku and Boxee would never let Apple see them sweat in the midst of the new Apple TV, but former LR scribe Ryan Lawler does a nice job sizing up the competition over at NewTeeVee, comparing elements such as price, outputs, inputs, and 3rd party content.  His conclusion? The relative startup duo should stack up favorably against Apple's latest toy. JB


 

bmenezes 12/5/2012 | 4:24:52 PM
re: Roku, Boxee Don't Fear Apple TV's Bite

...$50 says here that mass market consumers more likely to gravitate to device that's 50% cheaper and has a platinum brand name -- despite its currently more limited content selection -- than to more expensive devices from brands 99% of mainstream consumers never have heard of.


You can pay me in Abitas at Cable-Tec Expo...

Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:24:51 PM
re: Roku, Boxee Don't Fear Apple TV's Bite

Sounds like a sucker bet, but I'll still treat you to something dangerous in The Big Easy. Hard to argue that Apple TV won't outsell the lot based on brand and price alone. But there's a nice niche of users there who will do their homework before making a pick (if they just pick one), which could help out Boxee and Roku.  I still think there's room enough for all three to survive, if not thrive, based on the growing popularity of Web-fed video.  But there are others out there, too, that could soon be tagged for also-ran status, so this may end up being a race for second and third... and either of those wouldn't be so bad. JB


 

SteveDonohue 12/5/2012 | 4:24:51 PM
re: Roku, Boxee Don't Fear Apple TV's Bite

I wouldn't want to take that bet. Boxee and Roku are popular with a lot of college kids and early adopters, but it will be difficult for them to compete with the marketing muscle of Apple TV or Google/Sony/Intel. 

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