Samsung Smart Media Player: An Expensive Roku Alternative

Samsung has just announced its Smart Media Player, a Roku or Apple TV alternative that runs the company's Smart TV interface to provide all the streaming you need. Sadly, though, it seems to have priced itself outta the market.

Samsung's software allows the set-top box to run apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus abd HBO Go, but it is a little clunky to use. Add to that the fact that the thing costs $150—$50 more than an Apple TV and more than all the Roku devices—and it doesn't look like a great deal.

There might be one saving grace: Samsung points out that the box includes a cable card slot, so it could replace the device you rent from your cable company. But a TiVo would probably do that job far better. Sorry, Samsung: we think you missed this step. [PR Newswire via Verge]