Although Apple started to accept pre-orders for their recently announced and soon to be released Apple TV, it looks like the story with iPad repeats itself. If you take a look on Apple TV’ product page it now states the shipped date is 2-3 weeks so it won’t be end of September but sometime in October. That puts it pretty much at the same time with the new Roku family that we announced yesterday and are expected to ship on October 7th (on Amazon), they are shipping already via other retailers.
The product being delayed, paying for expedited shipping doesn’t make that much sense anymore so Apple started to refund the premium shipping cost.
What product will you buy? A short comparison between Apple TV and Roku’s new line reveals that Roku has several times more streaming clients implemented. Both of them will feature Netflix, YouTube, Flickr and $0.99 TV shows but Roku can output 1080p compared with 720p only for Apple TV and about 50 extra services available including Pandora Radio.