Quick guide: Chromecast vs. Apple TV vs. Roku vs. Xbox 360 vs. PS3

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2. Apple TV

Apple TV runs from a compact black box that plugs into your TV and a power outlet. At $99, it’s a bit pricier than Google’s Chromecast and it only works with Apple products.

How it works: Apple TV can stream directly from an iPhone, iPad, Wi-Fi-connected computer, or your iTunes library. 

Supported Apps: Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, Pandora, Spotify, Rdio

Mirroring: Yes, from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

Price: $99, plus the cost of an HDMI cable to hook up the box to your TV.

Where can you buy one: An Apple Store, BestBuy.com, Amazon.com

Compatibility: iOS and Mac OS X

Remote: Yes, though you can also control the system from your Apple devices.

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