ROKU 3 STREAMING MEDIA PLAYER:

• Likes: Inexpensive; offers access to hundreds of Internet channels; new headphone port on remote control allows users to watch movies without disturbing family members; faster than previous models; new interface easier to use.

• Dislikes: Lacks YouTube channel or ability to play protected iTunes content; game offerings paltry.

• Price: $100

• Web: http://www.roku.com

WESTERN DIGITAL WD TV PLAY:

• Likes: Inexpensive; offers access to many top Internet channels; new, streamlined interface; “live” app icons show updated information.

• Dislikes: No app store; relatively few Internet channels included; lacks professional sports content and an Amazon channel; smartphone app can’t beam music or pictures to TV; clunky interface for streaming video from PC.

• Price: $70

• Web: http://www.wdc.com