You can use either with the included remotes without even touching a smartphone, while the Chromecast needs a mobile device or computer to work at all. A separate Bluetooth-enabled remote rounds out the package. The choice is an easy one. If you don't, you will not be able to use it fully or at all. The Motley Fool has a. That choice is up to you. Now, an is included with a dedicated volume and power button.
We pitted them all against each other to see which one comes out on top. Using Chromecast , I can cast only a particular photo or video using Chromecast and do not have to worry about people watching my entire screen if I mirrored it. There are a wide range of products and services that interact with Fire Stick, Roku, Chromecast, and others to cut the cord and put the exact content you want on whatever screen you want. Your mobile device and the dedicated Chromecast Ultra app are the only remotes you get. While the Chromecast app can act as a hub, it's not strictly necessary for anything except initial setup.
Still, it isn't the last word in cheap streaming. The Motley Fool owns shares of Amazon. Between the Chromecast and the Roku Stick, it's tough to pick the better value, but the Chromecast is a little bit cheaper. The Voice Remote has a built-in mic. Google has already promised support for more streaming services, and Amazon now offers for streaming services that want to add their own Alexa playback controls. But which one is best? Many thanks, Shirish Cam, thanks so much for your info on the Roku stick.
Setup is the same basically, but you still favor Chromecast?? Both streaming players offer a similar selection of apps and content including Netflix, Pandora, and Hulu. Setup 10 Although you only have to run a streaming stick's setup once in theory , it should still be a painless process that puts as few steps as possible between you and the content you want to watch. The only way to get programming is to choose the app that you want through a list of supported apps. I have tv, phone, internet, dvr. There are plenty of reasons to get a new dedicated video streamer. Roku still boasts the best search in the business, trawling hundreds of services, to bring you not only the exact show, movie or actor you're looking for, but the best price as well.
Most of the major video apps are covered on every device. Ultimately, it's a matter of taste unless you're an Amazon Prime member. Do let me know if any of the newest versions of Chromecast have any better capability. Why should I buy another? I use Chromecast for everything else. I got lost reading the specs, but they all seemed to say mostly the same thing.
In practice, though, they're remarkably different from each other. The Roku Stick is very nearly as good — better, if you want to watch Amazon Video content. The most powerful streaming media stick, with the fastest Wi-Fi and most accurate voice search-now including the Alexa Voice Remote. There's no denying, though, that the Chromecast has the easiest setup of the three. Passing around your phone or photo album to the guests is considered archaic now. At heart, they're both simply easier to use and offer more to consumers.
Not every app follows the same design guidelines, so the experience from service to service can be uneven. The more devices that are streaming simultaneously, the better your connection speed needs to be. Amazon joined the game today Oct. So my question is, what are the relevant differences between the three? Ask Google Home for the same thing, and it simply tells you that it can't do that yet. Rather than a blocky D-pad, it features a slick circular pad with a confirm button in the middle. It sounds good in theory, but it gets expensive when you factor in an internet speed upgrade and being picky about the channels you want. There are advertisements for it everywhere.
Its biggest advantage over Roku is that you can go hands-free with Alexa via Echo , but it's still a work in progress and not enough to overcome the advertisement heavy interface, weak 4K content, and missing apps. The tiny digital streaming players have similar profiles, the same basic functionality, and comparable prices. Voice control With the Alexa enabled remote, you can control your Fire Stick by voice command. This isn't really a problem, since controlling things with interfaces you already know and love or tolerate is still pretty simple. Chromecast is good if you have mobile devices in which you want to stream content from either YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, etc. Search 20 With thousands of apps offering thousands of programs, a good search feature is absolutely vital to find what you're looking for on the cheapest possible service. .