Comparison of set-top boxes

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A '"set-top box'" (STB) is a device that connects to a television and an external source of signal, turning the signal into content which is then displayed on the television screen or other display device.

Standalone streaming players[edit]

This list does not include discontinued or legacy media players.

Maker Model (Debut year) Current version (year) Connectivity Maximum video resolution Video formats supported Network USB Internal media storage Card reader slot Web browser Remote control Network File client Screen mirroring
Amazon Fire TV (2014) N/A HDMI, optical audio 1080p H.263, H.264, MPEG4-SP, VC1 802.11a/b/g/n, 10/100 Ethernet 1x USB 2.0 8 GB for buffering None None Bluetooth remote Unspecified Kindle Fire HDX[1]
Apple Apple TV (2007) 3rd generation (2012) HDMI, optical audio 1080p H.264, MPEG-4, Motion JPEG 802.11a/b/g/n, 10/100 Ethernet 1x Micro-USB for maintenance 8 GB for buffering None None IR 6-button Remote, Remote iPhone App iTunes, Airplay iOS devices and Macintosh computers
Asus Cube (2013) N/A HDMI, HDMI-in 1080p Many 802.11a/b/g/n, 10/100 Ethernet 2x USB 2.0 None None Google Chrome IR remote DLNA None
Google Chromecast (2013) N/A HDMI 1080p Many 802.11a/b/g/n 1x Micro-USB for power 2 GB for buffering None Yes None (controllable by iOS/Android device or Chrome browser) None Android and iOS devices, Macintosh and Windows-based computers
Hisense Pulse (2014) N/A HDMI, HDMI-in 1080p Unspecified Unspecified 802.11 and Ethernet 1x USB 2.0 None None Google Chrome IR remote with QWERTY keyboard DLNA None
Little Smart Box[2] TR-42
(2013)
TR-42 V1, V2 (2013), TR-42 V3(2014) HDMI (all models)
Composite video/audio
720p MKV (H.264), MP4 (H.264), MOV (H.264), WMV 802.11a/b/g/n
10/100 Ethernet
2x USB 2.0
1x Micro-USB for OTG Connection
8GB Micro SD Yes (Play Store) IR (all models), Wi-Fi remote with Android Tablets/Phones DLNA, SMB Select Android devices
Netgear NeoTV (2010) NeoTV 300, NeoTV Pro 300S, NeoTV Max 300SL, NeoTV Prime (2013) HDMI (all models), HDMI-in (Prime only), Composite audio/video (Pro and Max only) 1080p MP4, MKV, H.264 (Max), many (Prime) 802.11a/b/g/n, 10/100 Ethernet 1x USB 2.0 (Max and Prime only) None Micro SD card (Max only) Yes (Prime only) IR remote (all models), QWERTY keyboard remote (Max and Prime only) DLNA Intel WiDi
Nanotech Nuvola NP-1 (2014)[3] N/A HDMI 4K MP4, MKV, AVI, MOV, OGG 802.11a/b/g/n, 10/100/1000 Ethernet 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0 16 GB flash storage None Google Chrome RF remote None None
Roku Roku Streaming Player (2008) Roku 1, 2, 3 (2013), Streaming Stick (2014) HDMI (all models)
Composite video/audio (Roku 1 and 2)
1080p MKV (H.264), MP4 (H.264), MOV (H.264), WMV (VC-1[4] 802.11a/b/g/n (all models)
10/100 Ethernet (Roku 3 only)
1x USB 2.0 (box versions) 1x Micro-USB for power (Streaming Stick) None Micro SD (Roku 3 only) None IR 12 buttons (all models), Wi-Fi direct remote with headphone jack (Roku 2 and 3 only) via channels Select Android devices[5]
Vizio Co-Star (2012) Co-Star LT, Co-Star (2013) HDMI, HDMI-in 1080p H.264, MKV, MP4 802.11a/b/g/n (all models), 10/100 Ethernet (full version) 1x USB 2.0 None None Google Chrome (full version) IR remote (LT version), Bluetooth remote (full version) None None
Western Digital WD TV (2008) WD TV Live (2011), WD TV Play (2013), WD TV (Personal) (2014) HDMI, optical audio 1080p Many 802.11a/b/g/n, 10/100/1000 Ethernet USB 2.0 (two ports on Live, one port on play) None None None IR, 17 buttons DLNA, SMB None
Jadoo TV[6] Jadoo3 JadooBox, Jadoo2, Jadoo3 HDMI 1080p NTSC/PAL 802.11n, 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet 1 USB 2.0 Port for WiFi and Flash/HDD None None None Unspecified Unspecified None

Gaming systems[edit]

Maker Model (year) Connectivity Maximum video resolution Video formats supported Network USB Internal media storage Card reader slot Web browser Remote control Network File server Network File client
Microsoft Xbox One (2013) HDMI, HDMI-in, optical audio 4K Many 802.11a/b/g/n, 10/100/1000 Ethernet 3x USB 3.0 500GB hard drive None Yes IR remote (sold separately) Unspecified DLNA
Nintendo Wii U (2012) HDMI, Component audio/video, Composite audio/video 1080p H.264 via browser[7] 802.11a/b/g/n, 10/100 Ethernet 4x USB 2.0 None SD Card Yes IR remote (sold separately) None None
Sony PlayStation 4 (2013) HDMI, optical audio 4K Many 802.11a/b/g/n, 10/100/1000 Ethernet 2x USB 3.0 500GB hard drive None Yes IR remote (sold separately) None None

Content agreements[edit]

Internet video services[edit]

Model Amazon Instant Video CinemaNow Crackle Flixster Google Play Hulu Plus iTunes Netflix Redbox Instant Vevo Vimeo VUDU WWE Network YouTube
Amazon Fire TV Yes No Yes No No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Apple TV Workaround via Airplay Workaround via Airplay Yes Workaround via Airplay Workaround via Airplay Yes Yes Yes Workaround via Airplay Yes Yes Workaround via Airplay Yes Yes
Asus Cube Yes No No No Yes No No Yes No No No No No Yes
Google Chromecast No No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes Workaround via Tabcast Yes
Hisense Pulse No No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No No Yes No Yes
Little Smart Box No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Microsoft Xbox Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
NanoTech Nuvola No No No No Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No Yes
Nintendo Wii Yes Yes No No No Yes No Yes No No No No No Yes
Roku Streaming Players Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sony PlayStation Yes No Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
Vizio Co-Star Yes No Yes No No LT only No Yes No No No Yes No Yes
Western Digital WD TV No Yes No Yes No Yes No Live and Play versions No No Yes Yes No Yes

Television services[edit]

Model Time Warner Cable Verizon FiOS Xfinity Watch ABC PBS Fox Now A&E Bloomberg Disney Channel FX Now History Channel Lifetime MTV SyFy Watch ESPN Encore Play EPIX HBO GO Showtime Anytime Starz Play
Amazon Fire TV No No No Upcoming[8] No No Upcoming[8] Yes Yes No No Upcoming[8] No No Yes No No Upcoming[9] Yes No
Apple TV No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Upcoming[10] Yes Yes No No Yes No No Yes No No
Google Chromecast No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No Yes No No
Microsoft Xbox No Yes Yes Xbox 360 only Yes Yes Yes No Xbox 360 only Xbox One only, Xbox 360 upcoming[11] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Xbox 360, Xbox One upcoming[12] Upcoming[12] Yes
Roku Streaming Players Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Upcoming[13] Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
Sony PlayStation No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No Yes PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 upcoming[14] No No

NOTE: This is not a Comprehensive list.

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