Apple TV vs LIT TV vs blackBOX

Three companies launched new video entertainment services in South Africa, along with their own media streaming devices, in 2017.

Telkom launched LIT TV, with an Android media box with apps for YouTube, Showmax, and DStv Now.

Kwesé, which is owned by Liquid Telecom’s parent company, launched Kwesé Play and revealed it was the official partner of Roku and Netflix in Africa.

Cell C launched Black, an entertainment platform with a video streaming service that secures its own content licenses.

It launched with an Android-based device called blackBOX.

The specifications of the new media players, and their Apple competitors, are detailed below.

Specifications Apple TV 4K Apple TV LIT TVB-100 Kwesé Play blackBOX
OEM Apple Apple SDMC Roku Comigo
Video 4K HDR @ 60Hz 1080p @ 60Hz 4K x 2K HDR @ 60Hz 1080p 1080p @ 60Hz
Output HDMI 2.0a HDMI 1.4 HDMI 2.0 HDMI / RCA HDMI
Internal storage 32GB / 64GB 32GB / 64GB 8GB 1GB 4GB
External storage microSD, USB microSD, USB USB
Wi-Fi 802.11ac 802.11ac 802.11ac 802.11b/g/n dual-band 802.11b/g/n
LAN Gigabit Ethernet 10/100 Ethernet 10/100 Ethernet 10/100 Ethernet 10/100 Ethernet
USB 2xUSB2.0 + 1xOTG 1xUSB2.0 2xUSB2.0
OS tvOS tvOS Android 7.1 Roku OS Android 4.4
Price R3,199 (32GB) R2,499 (32GB) R1,099 R999 R1,499

Apple TV

Apple TV 4K


Telkom LIT TVC100

Kwesé Play

Kwese Play Roku and remote front


blackBOX and remote

Now read: Cell C Black vs DStv – Channel and price comparison

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