Roku LT vs. Apple TV

The Apple TV is an excellent device to have in your home if you already have iPhones or iPads, and you want to take advantage of features like AirPlay.

But the Apple TV can be a little more expensive than what you want to spend on a streaming device, which is exactly the niche that the Roku LT seeks to fill.

Our Roku LT vs. Apple TV comparison below will discuss information about both of these products so you can choose which one is the best solution for your video streaming needs.

If you have been trying to figure out the best way to watch the digital movies and TV shows to which you own or have a subscription, then you have likely encountered both the Roku LT and the Apple TV.

Both devices give you numerous options for watching digital content, but there are some substantial differences between both of them.

Continue reading below to learn about the best reasons to buy either device so that you can make the best purchasing decision for your situation. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

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Roku LT and Apple TV Feature Comparison


Roku LT

Apple TV

Hulu PlusYesYes
Amazon Instant/PrimeYesNo
(audio only w/AirPlay)
(audio only w/AirPlay)
(via AirPlay only)
iTunes streamingNoYes
720p streamingYesYes
1080p streamingNoYes
Wi-Fi connectionYesYes
Dual-band Wi-FiNoYes
Ethernet connectionNoYes
Local content streamingPlexiTunes Home Sharing
Composite video connectionYesNo
HDMI connectionYesYes
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As you can see from the information above, there are a couple of areas where one device clearly outshines the other. We will highlight some of those areas as we some up the pros of each device below.

Pros of the Roku LT

The most obvious benefit that the Roku LT has going for it is its’ price. You can routinely find the Roku LT for less than half of the price of the Apple TV. For a lot of shoppers, this factor is the most important one and makes this an easy decision.

But the Roku LT is a lot more than just a low price. It also has access to the catalog of Roku channels, which has many more options than those found on the Apple TV. For example, if you own any Amazon Instant content or if you have an Amazon Prime subscription, then you would not be able to watch that on the Apple TV, but you can on the Roku LT.

Additionally, if you don’t have an iPhone, iPad or Mac computer, then you won’t even be able to take advantage of the best reason to get an Apple TV, which is AirPlay. You can read more about AirPlay on Apple’s site.

Finally, if you are going to be connecting your set-top streaming box to t a television that does not have an HDMI connection, then the Roku LT is the only one of these two devices that offers a composite video connection.

Pros of the Apple TV

The Apple TV is capable of streaming both 720p content and 1080p content, while the Roku LT can only stream 720p content.

The Apple TV also runs noticeably faster than the Roku LT, although I personally prefer the new Roku interface to the Apple TV interface. In addition to the smoother operation, the Apple TV also has a dual-band wireless option, whereas the Roku LT does not. This is helpful if the device will be located far from your wireless router.

On the topic of networking, the Apple TV also has the benefit of a wired Ethernet connection, which will come in handy if you do not have a wireless network in your house.

Finally, if you own a lot of TV shows or movies in iTunes, then you will be able to stream them directly to the Apple TV, whereas you would not be able to access them on the Roku LT.

Final Thoughts

One final consideration to be aware of is the color of the Roku LT. It is a very bright purple that might be too much of a contrast for some people. The Apple TV is a nice matte black color, which will blend nicely into most home entertainment setups.

You will also need to purchase an HDMI cable from Amazon if you choose to purchase either of these devices, as neither of them come with an HDMI cable.

I think the most difficult decision between these two models will occur for people that have other Apple devices. As mentioned previously, AirPlay and iTunes streaming are the things I use my Apple TV for the most. If I didn’t have iTunes content or any Apple products, I would likely be using the Roku LT for all of my video streaming.

Click here to read more about the Roku LT on Amazon.

Read more about the Apple TV on Amazon here.

If you aren’t entirely sure that the Roku LT is the model that you want to purchase, check out a few more of our set-top streaming box comparison articles.

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