There are lots of video streaming gadgets designed for the home theater market at present that it’s getting hard to uphold. Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, WD Play, TiVo Stream, Slingbox, Push2TV, Vizio Co-Star, Netgear, etc. Then there’s all the smart Blu-ray players, gaming consoles and smart HDTV’s that even provide access for streaming videos to apps such as YouTube, Netflix and Hulu Plus.
And don’t leave behind the HTPCs, a little portion of the home theater market, but one that hold a crazy user base.
Out of this hardware affray, there are two gadgets that have invariably went past Amazon’s list of video streaming devices as well as several buyer’s guides, the Apple TV and the Google’s Chromecast. But which is the right choice for you? We’ve given the pros and cons of these two gadgets into many categories to help you decide.
Apple TV vs Chromecast
Cost Price: $100
In a glimpse:
Streams and plays pictures, videos and music from the Web, from iOS devices and from PCs (with iTunes). iMovie projects, iCloud files and media rented or purchased from Apple’s iTunes Store, which could be prevented from playing on other devices, stream quite good to the Apple Tv. The gadget can even mirrir your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Mac computer using AirPlay, so that you can explore your mobile or desktop screen on the big screen.
The device works over Ethernet and Wi-Fi, providing apps for all non-Google streams that are supported by Chromecast, and many it doesn’t. These include PBS, Vimeo, Disney Channel, Sky News, Flickr, and many other sports wrapping soccer (MLS), baseball (MLB), basketball (NBA), football (NFL), as well as ESPN. And the good news is that it had a new software update, people can listen to their favorite iTunes Radio stations using their televisions.
Coming to the AirPlay, it works smoothly from Apple smartphones to PCs. If you have an iGadget, setup is a piece of cake. Hold the tablet or smartphone up to your Apple TV, and the device will automatically catch your network and iTunes settings. AirPlaying iTunes even workd for Windows Computers.
The most stylish feature – AirPlay – only works in co-occurrence with Apple devices or through iTunes. That is to say, you are able to stream from iTunes on your Windows PC, but you are not able to simply mirror your desktop the way iOS and Mac users can.
And, in defiance of years of waiting, Apple TV users yet don’t have any app store or channel, thus the list of streaming sources is really bounded. If you dwell you entertainment life in iTunes, this is not inevitably a worse factor. Streaming sources either come thru software download or in built, which intends users will be at the blessing of Apple’s dignity.
Cost Price: $35
In a glimpse:
Stream video to your television from the Web or your handset, PC or tablet – and then use your handset as a remote control. For example, you can start watching a movie on an iPad, then pause and resume on your television (or contrariwise). Chromescast even provides complete desktop casting and “Tab Casting” from PCs. These features let users to project their whole PC, or the contents of a Chrome browser tab, to their TV.
Similar to the Apple TV, Google Chromecastcan can render 1080p HD videos, which is amazing looking at its cheesy 35 USD price tag. It’s simple to start streaming. Simply draw out the app (handset) or any website (thru the Chrome browser on a PC) for an accessible service, and hit the button to start ‘casting’ to the television. And the inventory of streaming sources just extended as of now, with the proclamation of 10 new supported apps: Songza, Avia, VEVO, Plex, Red Bull.TV, BeyondPod, RealPlayer Cloud, PostTv, Revision 3 and Viki. These bring together HBO GO, Netflix, Google Play Movies and TV, Hulu Plus, Google Play Music, YouTube and Pandora, wreaking a full of 17 sources.
RealPlayer Cloud, Plex and Avia are especially convenient if you wish to play your own media files to your TV. YouTube lets you for a mixed TV Queue, which allows everyone on the same Wi-Fi network to include videos, for an on-the-go YouTube playlist. Another advantage: No matter of app, any Android, iOS or PC on the similar network can assume control of the TV stream.
Yet with the latest updates, the streaming sources are however narrow. If you’re a lover of Vimeo, Spotify, Daily Motion or Amazon Instant, you’re out of luck at present. And there are no talks regarding this issue.
Of course, suggests of things to come bristle nowadays. Android’s 4.4.1 update indicates Chromecast mirroring, thus connected televisions possibly may beam those smartphone screens in the future. And Google’s Chromecast hackathon hints that yet more streaming apps from big and small developers could be close at hand. But you’ll have to be patient to watch how these possible enhancements run down.
Also take down that there’s no remote control provided. As all acts carried out through the mobile gadget or PC, it could be awkward if the mobile device hits the sack when you wish to pause at a particular point. In the end, you’ll require a strong Wi-Fi signal; since Chromecast got no Ethernet port for wired network connectivity.
Will any of the above streaming gadgets show up in your wish or shopping list? If so, let us know which one has caught your attention by commenting below.