Free Giveaway: Win A New Apple TV

Earlier today I reviewed the Apple TV player in a head-to-head comparison with the Roku 2 XS in an article entitled “Roku 2 vs. Apple TV: How To Chose The Right $99 Streamer. To go with the review, I am giving away one Apple TV to a lucky reader of my blog. To enter the drawing, all you have to do is leave one comment on this post and make sure you submit the comment with a valid email address. The drawing is open to anyone with a mailing address in the U.S. and the winner will be selected at random later this month. The drawing is now over. Congrats to Addison L. who won the item.

I’m also giving away a Roku 2 XS unit and a Vizio Co-Star unit. You must enter each drawing separately. Good luck!

  • GadgetDon

    I have one second generation AppleTV and two first generation. Would love to replace one of the first generation boxes with a third gen.

  • kingofmyworld324

    Wow, you give away lots of stuff!

  • OK, I’m not gonna lie and say I love your reviews and that I’m addicted to reading everything you write. However, I would love to get an Apple TV. Send it my way.

  • mfiumano

    i do actually love your reviews.. please randomly pick me!

  • Colin

    App-le TV ? What – have they turned all the channels into apps ?

  • iamclaw

    What a great giveaway! I hope I win!

  • Joe W

    I would love to try it out!

  • Jeffrey A. Haines

    Would love to win this!

  • lon van wyck

    I would like to have this device .thanks

  • Todd S

    Interesting to see where this market goes and what Apple with do with their next gen device.

  • Ben

    I would love a new Apple TV.

  • jim

    I’ll enter the giveaway! Thanks.

  • Over the top and cord cutting will happen quickly – when it happens – just like the iPhone moved the population over to smartphones, a device like AppleTV could give cableTV subscribers the slight nudge to move them off of cable and onto overthetop.

  • would love the Apple tv

  • Lance

    Count me in!

  • Taylor

    I have both an Apple TV and Roku but I’m a fan of Apple TV!

  • cb2002

    I’m all in πŸ™‚

  • Ilyas

    This would be great

  • mike

    I would love an Apple TV

  • Mike

    Apple TV please

  • Bryanna Herzog

    I’d like to see if the Apple TV can oust my Xbox as my media device.

  • Jay Fisher

    Yes. Apple TV to playback Itunes content that my son purchased….

  • Stu

    Great giveaway, thanks!

  • mike

    great review, thanks for the giveaway as well!

  • Jeremy

    I could always use one of these

  • Sean

    Love the blog, thanks!

  • Ry Guy 001

    Great Blog!

  • Tim

    This is very helpful, thanks! Just cut cable and I am researching my options.

  • Ninaob

    Trying to decide between the 2 – leaning towards Apple

  • joeyoheeoh

    Yes, please!

  • Jacob

    Gotta love a free giveaway! Gracias.

  • jdh4567

    crossing my fingers!

  • I’ll gladly take one πŸ™‚

  • EB

    Thanks for the info! Would love an Apple TV!

  • Vikash Harlalka

    I want one!

  • Harleen

    I hope to win

  • Sandra Hurt

    Would be great to win & help save me some money!

  • Sounds like a great prize – thanks!

  • CaliCat

    It’d be very cool to win this! πŸ™‚

  • Pratik Parikh

    Must device for Wifi enabled Apple follower’s home…

  • I have a Roku and it might be fun to have an Apple TV to compare to. Hopefully I don’t need an Apple computer to use it. Thanks for having the giveaway!

  • Rand65

    I’m wondering how useful may be Apple TV box outside of US?

  • Alvaro Jauregui

    Wish me luck, thanks!!!!!

  • Jim McQ

    entering the drawing!

  • ckobe

    Got twins on the way. Want to save some $$$ by dropping cable. Appreciate your reviews

  • Randy Dominguez

    There is one reason I would want the Apple TV over all other boxes…Mirroring…it allows you to display your iPad or iPhone 4S screen on a big screen TV. I would love to use this in a classroom setting. Thanks for giving away an Apple TV box.

  • Dan Haggerty

    Fantastic review!!!

  • Dave J

    Awesome! Really love the capabilities of the Apple TV

  • James O’Shea

    Decisions decisions…

  • gbohrn

    Apple TV Sounds good

  • Dadr

    I have commented on a similar review before. I like the Apple TV better for folks that are living the iLife, and especially for the first gen version. I would dearly love the ability to add flash “drive” to the new apple TV in order to load it with pictures and music. One of my favorite things to do is to leave the TV on showing pictures from vacations, etc. and playing my favorite tunes. Much better than the news, and doesn’t require the computer left on all the time.

  • Wileypo46

    Still not convinced which to buy.

  • hellojody

    Thanks for writing the article. At $99 each I think you can have both, especially if you win them. πŸ˜‰

  • shanechicago

    pick me pretty please! shane.chicago1 (at) GMAIL (dot) com

  • Aaron

    I could handle an Apple TV! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Warren Johnson

    Awesome review! I can now speak more intelligently about the differences between Apple TV and Roku! I’ve used Roku and love it! Would love to take AppleTV for a spin!

  • jay eichler

    Need A second apple tv

  • Bryan Hilton

    Great article! I like Apple TV because I can sync it with my iTunes account on my iMac and listen to all of the content on my computer through my TV. I wish it had amazon though.

  • Tim

    thanks for the comparison. Helps me understand the differences between the two devices.

  • Nel

    i already have a roku and would like to get a free apple tv!

  • Kim Chen

    it would be nice to win something online once πŸ™‚

  • barry

    Is Apple committed to this project?


    Thanks for comparing the two. It’s nice seeing the side by side.

  • Andrew Pease

    I think AppleTV is a very interesting product, but a lack of real local storage has always puzzled me. Proper HD playback, however, was a must and it is good to see the newer platform supporting that.

  • Longwalker

    I think for the Apple TV to be a product embraced by the consumer, it needs a DVR function so subscribed channels are waiting for consumption.

  • Chris O

    Great review. I was nearly sold on AppleTV, but I have my doubts now. I don’t see it really being all that beneficial. Right now my DVD player has basically the same streaming capabilities as the AppleTV plus I have my iMac connected to my TV for the rare times I need to watch something from iTunes. Yes, it’s kind of clumsy, but it works great! I think I’m going to wait a little longer.

  • Wunderkind

    A great review, very helpful in my decision making process.

  • Mark Laughlin

    We use Western Digital TV Live Hub and Roku 2 for a SkitterTV based streaming product. So far prefer WD over Roku. Haven’t tried Apple TV. Would Like to.

  • Ravi Mishra

    I am using Roku2 XS and loving it. but wants to compare it with Apple TV. Looking forward for wining this.

  • Jim Richardson

    I already own other Apple devices and want to use Apple’s ecosystem

  • Sanjay

    Thanks for the article. I have been looking for a good solution that can let me stream Netflix, Amazon and iTunes. Ideally I would like to get some Discovery channel shows also. What is the best way to get some Discovery channel shows? Thanks.

  • Robert Madore

    I love the review.
    Please review more of the less popular streaming boxes, perhaps there is a jewel yet to be discovered.
    Thanks for the chance to win an Apple TV!

  • ibesurfn

    Great informative review… now which unit to win and try πŸ™‚

  • Malik

    Article made my decision so much easy. I had been confused for last so many days between Apple TV and Roku.

  • Thanks for the informative review and the giveaway opportunity!

  • Prashant

    I am waiting for years for the TV business model to get disrupted…Wanna check where has AppleTV reached in the process of disrupting this tightly firmed traditional TV / cable industry

  • Mike

    Very informative article. Many people are torn with which one to go with… why not just get both. Win win πŸ™‚

  • Jeremy

    I think I’m in favor of the Roku, but I’d give Apple a try.

  • greatseapenguin

    I like both units but for developers and potential broadcasters who want to stream content or create their own channel, Apple does not even have an SDK (software development kit.) Roku on the other hand has a free SDK and a huge developers community, which probably explains why there are so many free channels (approx 300) on their platform. And many online video reviews at YouTube of both products ultimately pick the Roku over the Apple device.

  • I work in IT for a community college where the plan is to use the Apple TV. Because of wireless network security issues I don’t see it being used as much as instructors anticipate.

  • NP

    Great Review!

  • JenisysJohn

    Thanks for the info. My son is a diehard Applehead, so it’s good to get a clearer picture of the devices in this area, including AppleTV.

  • I need Apple TV for my 1st new place!

  • I would love to win this for my daughter. She is off to college on a scholarship and I wish I had the money to get her everything she could ever want. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • A B

    Great review, hopefully i’ll be able to test it out myself!

  • Michelle

    I just got my first macbook pro and after many years of staying away from apple products, I am now hooked. Would love to try the apple tv out!

  • William

    would love to win! good luck everyone!

  • Sean

    I like the orku but I haven’t used the apple tv yet so I can’t choose.

  • Ryan

    Great review, I don’t have any experience with either of the products but would love to win the apple tv.

  • Peter

    Nice review

  • Ralph

    Very nice article, you gave a great level of detail that helped me understand the differences between the two units. Amazing what you get in a $99 box these days.

  • Neil

    Would love to give Apple a try!

  • jcm

    Another Apple TV would be great.

  • LEM

    Thanks in advance for the New Apple TV, Dan. I wasn’t sure which device to buy, but you just made up my mind with the Free Giveaway!

  • Mark

    Great article. I have a first gen roku and am looking to upgrade soon.

  • CN

    Great comparison. Thanks!

  • Monica Young

    You are amazing! Thanks for the entry into the giveaway

  • MK

    The possibility of winning a set-top box sure did increase the number of responses to the article :). If anyone decides to go with the Roku for its ability to play media via its USB port, I must recommend using flash media (over a portable, spinning hard drive) for playback, as it is much faster and more responsive.

  • allen

    I’ve been working with a Roku box for about a year. Would not mind trying the Apple. Thanks!

  • Nice review, I have installed both Roku and AppleTV for my parents and they are happy with them. The interface issue with Roku is not a deal breaker but does make the Apple unit more frequently visited. As for set up, I performed this and Roku needs to simply that step for many users in the future.

  • Jessicareilene

    Great review πŸ™‚ I personally love anything apple and can’t wait to try AppleTV

  • Jason Swick

    I’ve been using a Roku for about a year now. It would be sooo much better if it had a web browser. Of course, then I would need a keyboard too.

  • jimmy markus

    Thanks for the review this is helping me make my decision

  • Petty4317

    Great reviews, keep em coming!

  • egujju

    I enjoyed the erview but still confused as to which device to buy. Your review did clarify some important differences. Thanks.

  • Dani

    Fwiw, I have both an apple tv and a roku and much prefer the apple tv experience.

  • Sharon

    Your review provided me with a better knowledge base to make the right decision for my needs. Thanks!

  • RLH

    Thanks so much for the review

  • Splitcast

    Excited for the new appletv!

  • MKremin

    Nice review of the streaming content receivers. Appreciate the comparisons.

  • Bob

    I love them both and own both.

  • perfect for my Apple centric household…

  • Mr. Phil

    This would be my first Apple product, I would like to see what they are all about.

  • It looks like a lot of these streaming players are providing the same features. I’ll probably go with Vizio. Like the remote and it’s compatible with my TV

  • tmoobc

    I have an iphone so I think the Apple TV would be the best choice for me.

  • Gerry

    Would love to try this.

  • LLMG1960

    I miss my iPhone. Would love to have the chance to win an Apple TV
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  • Melissa E

    i would love to win the apple TV!!

  • Giovanni

    Thanks for the updated review. Trying to “cut the cable” and the information is helpful.

  • Anita

    I would love to win this maybe it could be an alternative to my overpriced cable option.

  • GraphicDesignNY

    Thanks for the good articles on these set top boxes. Im looking for a new addition to my media setup that will work with my NAS drive and portable devices.

  • Lord Of War

    Great blog. I recommend it to my friends.

  • Lord Of War

    free is always the best price

  • Streaming Man

    I liked the poster U had laying out all the choices.

  • Paul T

    I have an older AppleTV box, but I wouldn’t mind getting this new 1080p version.

  • Adam McBride

    Please This would be an awesome present to my family

  • loveleeb

    Thanks for the reviews. Would love to win!!

  • SmithTwin

    not trying to kiss a$$ but the 2012 Streaming Media Device Guide has been EXTREMELY helpful in figuring out “what features I want” vs “what features I need”, then cross referencing which device meets those “needs”. i also like to win.

  • Patricia Stern

    Lucky for me I came across ur blog Very informative. What do u own?

  • SC

    I tend to shun the elitist apple attitude, but on the other hand, there are many things in this world that I would accept for free with an apple tv unit being high on the list.

  • John

    Would love one

  • Bjones

    Good reviews. Looking to put devices into business conference rooms to provide additional content. Would love to have an AppleTV for actual testing before making a decision!.

  • syed

    how does the co-star compare

  • Nicholas Sousa

    This comparison is very valuable, especially the format in which the user’s desires (e.g. “Want to use your computer as a source?”) are answered for each gizmo. That was a terrible sentence.

  • Ax

    I still don’t think there is one Box that serves all needs πŸ™

  • Pearl

    I’m trying to decide from all the streaming devices and your blog is a big help. Thanks!

  • Felicious1908

    I just bought the roku, good comparison piece. I am tempted though when I have extra dough to also buy the Apple TV as well.

  • Haleigh

    I’m trying to figure out what is the best streaming device for me…but thanks for all of your help!

  • Nick

    I don’t know too much about Apple TV but I’m definitely willing to learn.

  • Raf

    Curious to try it out. Hope I’m still in time for the contest

  • dimjim

    Apple TV IMO is more versatile than any of the Roku boxes because it has more capability to play local content.

  • dcoop

    Your reviews are great, It helped me to decide, on the best streamer

  • You are the bomb!

  • C.J. Lipman

    πŸ™‚ Would love one of these! πŸ™‚

  • mecxvi

    Great review. Thanks.

  • NMB472

    I would love to win this contest.

  • Doris

    Count me in, please!

  • Linda

    Man, would be awesome to win this contest! I can see my husband playing with his new “toy”! lol

  • Wade

    I really enjoyed your thorough review. very informative.

  • Eric

    Please, put my name in the drawing!

  • Mariam

    I enjoyed reading your review, gave me lots of good info. Thanks

  • Currently considering converting BACK to an Apple household … this was useful. Thanks!

  • Anthony Petroff

    I am shopping to use for sports streaming.

    I just learned that Apple and Roku might have different amounts of “buffer” memory which may affect stream flow and problems with “resets”; so what is the difference between Roku/Apple and a media player like Western Digital.


    I’ve just read five reviews comparing Roku and ATV, and this was by far the most thorough and insightful. While I am still on the fence, your comparison has been a great help, and I will be back when in need of further advice – Thanks!

  • RobbieSDA

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a streaming player. I have yet to get one, and have been researching which to get.

  • Lee

    I would love to win a streaming box.

  • wayne

    Thanks for the great review.

  • Sra

    I am thinking very seriously of “cutting the cable.” This article was very helpful! Thank you.

  • ua

    Great Review, much more of an all out review than Cnet for example.

  • Kmg

    Great review!

  • bruhbruh82

    i want an apple tv….I actually purchased an apple tv once but i sent it back so i could see more reviews on the co-star before i made a decision

  • guyb

    Great review. Thus would be a great addition to my home.

  • raddad

    Airplay sells it for me

  • Alex Chapin

    I would like one to tinker with.

  • Andrea

    The roku vs apple tv post has really helped me narrow my decision between these two products. Thanks for the info and the contest

  • May as well round out the Apple package, eh?

  • Adrienne

    I would love to win the Apple TV!

  • West

    Ahhhh, I want an Apple TV so bad!!!!

  • ian

    Already own the roku. Would love to play with an apple tv to see the difference!

  • Matthew Voshell

    I am really torn I have both the be iPhone 5 and a MacBook Pro but I find the content and prices on amazon instant video to be better :/ If amazon released an app for Apple TV I’d pick one up then

  • rjb

    Insightful review. Forwarding to a friend who’s in the market for one.

  • Garrett


  • Spencer

    Thanks for the Reviews Dan, they are very helpful. The Apple TV would be a good addition to the other Apple hardware I have at home.

  • Nice article and nice prize!

  • idledragon

    This seems like a pretty good upgrade over the second one.

  • Very informative information, Im leaning towards the Roku but want to learn more about jailbroken apple

  • Tina

    Great article- I was leaning toward a Roku, but am an Apple fan and after reading this I will probably go with Apple TV.

  • Mark McKay

    I’d be more than happy to accept an Apple TV.

  • Michelle S.

    I’m a big Apple fan, but my husband isn’t. I’m not even sure if the Apple TV streams Amazon Instant videos, which we use when Netflix and Hulu Plus don’t have what we want. We don’t have cable or satellite, and have been using my Wii, but it is very buggy. I really think I’m wanting the Apple TV, though.

  • Mike Martin

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Woot woot!! Apple tv!

  • Debbie

    Thank you!

  • Anny C

    Very helpful-

  • Darren

    Hope I win!

  • Jan

    I was leaning towards Roku but just purchased iPad, so now wondering if I should go with Apple TV

  • Rob

    Not too shabby.

  • Suudhan

    curious to try some airplay features.

  • CelticMom07002

    Still undecided on which to purchase, however, article was very informative

  • TruthBeTold

    I would like to see a side by side feature comparison of Apple TV, Roku, Vizio, Sony google TV, and perhaps Western Digital TV box.


  • Gary Child

    We’d LOVE to give the Apple TV a spin at our home!

  • JustCutTheCable

    Would love to have an Apple TV to try out. We actually watch a lot of preschool videos on youtube and it would be nice to have those on the main TV instead of on mommy’s computer screen (while she’s trying to work), 8^).

  • Dmarie1168

    Has the drawing been done yet?

  • Dave

    So much information and a contest! …. life is good…

  • Charlie

    Nice info- thanks

  • Joshua

    I love your blog, and really appreciate the time and effort you put into it!

  • Jason

    And the winner is …

  • David Potter

    Great comparison blog, appreciate the input.

  • my tv is so old, it would be like christmas,b-day rolled into one

  • Is YouTube still on Apple TV ????

  • so glad I found this blog and thank you for the contest – WINNING!

  • g_uncle

    great review

  • deedee

    I was really hoping to drop my cable service, or reduce my service to the most basic service.

  • KevinT

    Would love to win an Apple TV.

  • Great Review. Thanks.

  • Rocio

    I’d loveee to win one of these πŸ™‚

  • Fatti

    I would like to win a apple tv

  • marc

    Thanks for the invite for a chance to win an Apple TV.

  • J2012

    Still undecided!

  • peterson rodriguez

    It’s so nice that we all can have something to look forward to. I lost everything in sandy but people like u make sure I never lose my smile hope I win the contest.

    • peterson rodriguez

      Good job

  • David N

    My wife would love one of these

  • Gururajan Jayamani

    I am impressed with the way that you have given the comparision. You really sound good in your explanation. Let see whether i am lucky enough to win your Apple tv.

  • Grivet Burton

    it’s sound to good to be true,things like this don’t happen all the time u get something for nothing!!! with that said,it give me a different out look on life.we get so caught up in life that we forget that people still cares.If i won I would appreciate it so much,but if i don’t congratulation to the winner!!! I think what your doing is priceless.U don’t know what people are going throw,putting a smile on someone’s face tell what kind of person u are!!! I wish u nonstop success in every thing u do.

    P.S Thank you!!!

  • brittany james

    i would love to have the free apple tv ur giving away

  • brittany

    i would love to win this contest please pick me

  • Mike Cowan

    Thank you for the review I am looking at purchasing a device and after reading your head to head review it has made my choice much easier. Thanks

  • Matthew Buoscio

    ooo…I need one of these.