In previous articles I’ve both talked about my HTPC setup and how I mounted a Roku LT player on another TV. The following is a breakdown of the advantages and disadvantages of each streaming device. If you’re considering “cutting the cord” as I did, you may find this useful.
- Upfront Cost – In this department the Roku LT has a definite advantage. One will most likely spend $300 + on a new HTPC, while the Roku LT comes in at a paltry $49.99. Advantage: Roku
- Monthly Cost – Although there is no fee associated with the Roku directly, if you want to watch almost anything worthwhile, you have to pay for it. Standard Hulu as well as ESPN3 are available on your computer without cost, even if you probably want to get Netflix and/or Hulu Plus anyway. Advantage: HTPC
- Size – There’s really no comparison here. The Roku player at 3.3 x 3.3 x .9 inches is tiny. Even the smallest PCs are much bigger. Advantage: Roku
- Interface – This is a tough call. On the one hand,