The new $99 Apple TV arrived, and it's much smaller than the old and new Roku players.
The Apple TV and remote are incredibly small, and I worry about losing the slim Apple remote in the family room. Apple has updated the Apple Remote app for the iPhone and iPad to support the new Apple TV, so I'm wondering which remote will be more convenient.
The main screen on the Apple TV is divided into Movies, TV Shows, Internet (Netlix, YouTube, Podcasts, MobileMe, Flickr and Internet Radio), Computers (for Home Sharing), and Settings. I was unable to get Home Sharing or AirPlay working, but I think I have to update everything to the latest software for them to work together.
Setup was quick and easy, and once it connected to the Internet I just had to enter my Netflix username and password to access my account.
So, what streaming device should you select? We're still waiting on the Boxee Box and Google TV, but it's hard to pick between the Roku Player and the Apple TV. Roku has an advantage in the number of channels, including the recently announced Hulu Plus, but if you're an Apple customer the AirPlay streaming and Home Sharing might be a deciding factor.