XStreamHD Fast Start
XStream is the “first set-top system” able to download Blu-ray–quality movies in 7.1 surround sound. The device offers its own library via satellite, as well as access to Hulu and Netflix.
$400, plus $10 a month and cost per title, xstreamhd.com
Source: Popular Science
Logitech Revue With Google TV
The potential here “is as big as the Internet,” but Google TV needs to add more content feeds: Major networks are still blocking this box’s access to programs “any old laptop” can stream.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
The clear best choice for Apple devotees, because it’s the “only box that’s compatible with iTunes.” You can even start a movie on your iPhone and finish watching it on your home screen. For now, though, available TV content is limited.
“Beats Apple TV hands-down” for versatility. Now available in three models, Roku’s boxes support 1080p images, work with older TVs, and offer access to more than 130 non-cable channels, including Netflix, MLB.tv, and, for a fee, Hulu Plus.
$60 to $100, roku.com
Boxee Box by D-Link
For finding videos on the Web, “there is no finer software” than Boxee: It’s like a “TV Guide for the Internet age.” This media player, however, doesn’t have access to much more content than your laptop does.
Source: The Wall Street