Friday, April 3, 2015
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Making a Tough Decision
Both Apple TV and Roku are two of the most popular television streaming boxes in the market, but it can be a tough decision selecting one of these two devices. Though there are many other options, these two remain the most popular devices used to add streaming content on your television. They are very sophisticated products and offer excellent functionality for a little over $100. Both the devices get regular updates, so they are sure to remain competitive even after a few years.
Roku 3 was launched in the early part of 2013. The device is simple and has a good interface. However, the experience on some apps may not be the same. For instance, the experience in HBO Go or in Amazon Instant is not so good when compared with some other platforms. The content lineup of Roku has always been impressive. Roku offers Netflix and Amazon Instant, as well as Hulu Plus, HBO Go and Pandora along with NASA, CNET and many others. It also enables search on cross platform basis. You have to only type out the characters of the content you are looking for and the device goes through all the major services, such as Netflix, Amazon Instant and so on for that particular content.
However, one drawback of Roku TV is that YouTube is not available. This is a very undesirable omission, as there is a lot of good content on YouTube that you would like to view on your television.
It used to be merely a glorified Netflix streamer and today it has emerged to become one of the best streaming boxes. Amazon Instant is a major service lacking in Apple TV. However, Apple TV offers iTunes with loads of movies and television shows. The presentation of Apple TV is unarguably the best. It also offers scores from Rotten Tomatoes and other detailed information about the production and so on. Your purchases on iTunes are stored in the cloud, so it is possible to re stream the content again and again.
The Apple Ecosystem
It would make sense to go in for Apple TV if you have invested in the Apple ecosystem. Apple TV offers the best means of watching iTunes content on your television. Moreover, Apple TV has recently added HBO Go as well as WatchESPN and some other important applications. Previously, Apple TV used to have a limited service selection, which was one of its negative aspects. However, things have changed and it now has many of the important applications.
AirPlay is a killer feature in Apple TV. The feature allows the user to stream music, photographs and videos wirelessly from any iOS device to the television. The feature also works for third party applications, such as Spotify and Pandora.
Going the Roku Way
However, if you are not invested in the Apple ecosystem, you can opt for Roku. Roku is known for getting applications as well as services more quickly than Apple TV. Roku has more than 750 channels, though many of them may be merely filler content. However, Roku does have many important services that are missing in Apple TV, such as Amazon Instant. The Roku’s interface is also much better and faster using the Roku 3. It also comes with a headphone that is built in the device. This is an excellent feature for those who wish to view content without disturbing others.
Both the boxes, Roku and Apple TV, offer outstanding value for money. However, you have to keep in mind the important caveats and the drawbacks of each of these devices before making a purchase. Most good services will also need a separate subscription to be paid or a fee to pay per view and so on. You will also have to factor in the cost of these fees while buying the streaming box.