Billing itself "the first product designed to deliver movies from Netflix instantly on TV," the Roku has certainly been a pioneer in streaming Internet video to televisions. Its latest line-up of devices, which start at $59.99, can not only play Netflix, Hulu, Crackle and over 300 other "channels," but also tosses in a full edition of the popular Angry Birds game.
The original Apple TV didn't do much other than playback music and movies you already had. But the reboot tossed some Netflix into the mix as well as access to MLB.TV if you're a subscriber. And with AirPlay compatibility, users can stream content from their iPhones and iPads, too. All for $99.
Netgear's NeoTV 200 sets itself apart with access to Vudu, which streams movies at full 1080p HD resolution. You can also access your Netflix account as well as Pandora and Napster. NeoTV also has a neat app that lets you control it through an iPhone or Android device. The NeoTV 200 goes for $79.99.
The SMP-N200 is Sony's latest foray into the smart set-top box market. If you're an early adopter of 3D TV, this box might be a good match for you, as it supports 3D online movies. The $99.99 SMP-N200 also works with Netflix, Pandora, and Hulu Plus. Like the Netgear NeoTV, Sony has a remote app for iOS and Android devices.
The wireless keyboard that's bundled with the Logitech Revue reflects just how powerful this Google TV device is. The Revue doesn't replace your existing cable or satellite box, but instead complements it, combining all the channels of your existing TV with tons of content from the Internet, from Netflix to Amazon and Napster. Just type whatever you'd like to watch and Google's search technology will scour the web and your cable lineup to help you find it. You can even view web pages right on your TV. The Revue costs $99.99.
Streaming Internet video to your TV is finally going mainstream. Here are five devices to bring the best web content to your living room.