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So I couldn't find a lot of information on these two set top boxes. As far as I'm aware, the biggest difference is the Roku 2 has Angry Bird and the Logitech Revue doesn't?

Can anyone clarify for me which one is better in terms of content? I couldn't find much information on the movies and shows available for each.
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I know the answer to this one, I own both!

First off -
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the Roku 2 has Angry Bird
- not quite so! Only the Roku 2 XS model the top end of their 3 models, has the Angry Birds and the motion controller to play it with, I have this one and love it! Had a Roku HD before this and loved that one too, decided to upgrade when this came out !

So if you are buying any of the other 2 , Angry birds isn't there - if this is an important factor in your buying decision!

Content?

It would be more helpful to answer this if I knew what you are interested in watching. I'll try and give a general overview with the limited info available:

If you are a Hulu Plus subscriber - get the Roku, Google TV does not support Hulu yet, hopefully that would change soon!

But if you don't care much about Hulu, and is more interested in surfing the web and searching youtube for videos and such, definitely Google TV, Roku unfortunately is an app based box, meaning you can only view the content available on the apps (channels they call it) installed on your device, you cannot surf with it!

So Google TV in my opinion is much more versatile when it comes to finding content anywhere on the net or on your Cable / Satellite TV subscription, you can just type the name of what or who you would like to watch and the box will find it for you! It is much closer to an HTPC than Roku, it works almost like your computer, when it comes to surfing!

What does both have?

Netflix, Amazon VoD, Pandora, Raphsody (I believe) etc and a lot of well known applications channels are available on both! But the menu and navigation layout on Roku is much better than on the Google TV, IMHO, especially on Netflix and Amazon VoD, mainly because it is designed as an app!

So based on what you prefer to watch and what kind of subscriptions you have you can choose, both are good, they have their pros and cons.

Logitech recently send out an email saying that they would be upgrading the software on the existing Google TV's for free, which would enable it to download Android apps and install them, which would be interesting to see how it turns out - read this!

I personally prefer the Google TV over the Roku as far as content goes, Hulu is one thing they should get on there, but the ability to surf you tube and now the apps definitely gives it an edge over the Roku, but I love the menu layout and small form factor of the Roku box as well!

So it is a tough call, but we definitely end up using the Google TV much more often than the Roku box - content is king as they say! We do not have cable subscription, I wouldn't imagine that it would change even with cable subscription as your Google Revue can communicate with your set top box , which I believe would make it even more appealing!
Edited by Dad2David - 12/13/11 at 4:38pm
 
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Wow, that's awesome, thank you so much!

Have you used the Google TV w/ the updated software yet? I heard Honeycomb is supposed to make it a lot better in terms of UI.
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I just got an WD TV live HUB a few days ago. Very happy with it. It has a 1tb drive that i've got all my movies on. The UI is great too.
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Wow, that's awesome, thank you so much!
Have you used the Google TV w/ the updated software yet? I heard Honeycomb is supposed to make it a lot better in terms of UI.

Got that update downloaded yesterday and used for a little bit before I hit the sack, from the surface it looks great, much better layout (which was one my biggest cribs with the Revue)!

Haven't yet used it in depth to give a solid answer to that question, but I like it better! Might have to use it for sometime to get used to it!

Another thing I want to point out is that if you are an 'i' and not a 'g', meaning if your entertainment platform is build on Apple products such as the i-everything (phone, pad, mat smile.gif ...etc etc) then you might want to consider Apple TV, just for ios and overall compatibility!

If you are G like I am (Gmail, Android etc), then Google TV is a great addition to your existing stuff!
 
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