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The Roku has been in the market for some time now and just like the Apple TV, it allows its users to use a wide variety of different services. A new competitor to the race is the Chromecast, a small and compact stick that turns any TV with an HDMI input to a smart TV. A dash of fresh air is that the Chromecast is as large as your average USB stick.
How Much Content is Available Exactly?
The Chromecast can cast content that is on your smartphone or a tablet, as well as cast open tabs from Google Chrome by using an extension available for Chrome. However, in terms of the available content, the Roku is a clear winner. The Roku being older, it evolved over time and received numerous updates that expanded the content available for the device. The Roku comes with access to over 500 different channels, games, music services and it also offers a fully customizable user interface. The Chromecast is younger than the Roku, and it’s expected for it to have less content at this point, however, it does support over 200 apps available on the Play store, as well as major services like YouTube, Netflix, and many other services.
A great thing about the Chromecast is that you can share the same stick with your household. It’s possible for all users to use one Chromecast if they share a Wi-Fi connection and have the Chromecast app installed on their phones.
Pricing and Final Verdict
When talking about the price, it’s important to note that the Chromecast is cheaper than the Roku, but the notable difference in price might be because the Roku comes with a remote control that is included in the price.
The Roku does offer the user more than the Chromecast does, in terms of content, but it must be said that the Chromecast has more applications available, so it comes down to personal preference (as it always does). If you want more channels and content, be sure to go for the Roku. However, if you want a more versatile device that you can integrate with your smartphone, tablet, or PC, and enjoy all the available apps in the process, then Chromecast is just the thing for you (and we are sure that Google is preparing more updates in the future). The price difference isn’t that big and you should weigh out your options before you decide which of the devices you want to get.
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