ChromeCast Vs. Amazon Fire Stick Vs. Roku Stick: Initially one can only stream all the content available on the internet on devices like computers, tablets, and smartphones . But since those have smaller screens compare to your TV, It didn’t provide the best experience for watching videos, movies and also to play games. Streaming media players like the Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, and Chromecast act as a bridge between the Internet and your TV and convert your normal TV into a Smart TV. By using one of the device, you can connect it to your Internet router via WiFi or Ethernet cable available in your home and then to your TV via HDMI port . So, movies and TV shows which can previously only watch on your computer or mobile device can now be watched on your TV, it makes a great experience with a larger screen and with louder voice.
There are many different types of devices now that can stream content to your TV, including set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, home theater systems, and gaming consoles. And Smart TVs can connect directly connected to the Internet without any of these devices. However, at the moment the dedicated streaming players generally have a better selection of supported content providers and are more reliable and easier to use than the other options. Most of the streaming applications like Vudu, Tvtap, Netflix and more can be supported in all the streaming devices available in the market. Now , in this article let us discuss about the three such streaming media devices such as Amazon Fire Stick, Roku and Google Chromecast.
Let us start with the chromecast streaming device.
ChromeCast Vs. Amazon Fire Stick Vs. Roku Stick
Google Chrome Cast
Google Chromecast is nothing but a Streaming media device which is used for live streaming the videos, music and movies. By using ports available in it just plug it into your Television and provide an easy access to multiple streaming service providers, from Netflix and YouTube to Hulu and Google Play etc; by using your mobile phone, laptop or a tablet. One can even watch their favorite content or data from your Chrome browser to the big screen by accessing your home wifi network. But Chromecast is somewhat least performer in working the same way as competing devices like Apple TV or Roku. One of the reason is it can’t be accessed by a remote or any other device related to the Chromecast , it is must to have mobile, laptop or tab to access the content available on the internet. But it is not like that with either amazon fire stick and Roku. Anyway ,we are going to discuss about both the devices below in this article.
Amazon Fire Stick
The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a digital HD streaming media device that can be used to view photos and videos in HD quality. It can be connected to compatible devices via Bluetooth of your mobile phone or any other smart devices, USB, or Wi-Fi interface. Also, this media streamer mediates Internet access to your TV signals.The Fire Stick plugs into your TV’s HDMI port giving you access to your favorite TV shows, movies, subscription services, music, photos, and games by downloading such streaming media applications available on the internet.The Amazon Fire TV Stick comes with a voice remote. You can simply say the name of the content what you want to watch and the stick will play it for you on your Tv. It is one of the best streaming device and also the smart one compare to Google chromecast.
Roku Streaming Stick
A Roku is a streaming media device that streams media content such as movies, music, videos, tv shows and even one can play games from the internet to your TV. Roku media streaming devices incorporate an operating system (OS) that allows users to access and manage internet streaming content. It is mostly similar to the amazon fire stick , it also has an external remote with which we can operate TV while streaming content from the streaming applications available on the internet.
Now let us have an overview about the three streaming devices which have a merely differences which are mentioned below.
|Google ChromeCast||Google ChromeCast Ultra||Roku Streaming Stick||Roku Premiere||Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K|
|COST OF DEVICE||$35||$69||$60||$50||$50|
|VIDEO QUALITY||1080p||4K UHD||4K UHD||4K UHD||4K UHD|
|DEDICATED REMOTE ACCESS||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|SUPPORTED OS||Android, IOS, MacOS, Windows, Chrome OS||Android, IOS, MacOS, Windows, Chrome OS||Android, IOS, Windows OS on Phone, BB10||Android, IOS, Windows OS on Phone, BB10||Android ,IOS|
|VOICE SEARCH||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes, via app or remote|
|CROSS PLATFORM SEARCH||Limited||Limited||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|BUYING OPTIONS||Available in all the stores, online stores.||Available in all the stores, online stores.||Amazon , Roku||Walmart||Amazon|
The above mentioned tabular form differentiates the three streaming media devices Google Chrome cast, Roku and Amazon Fire stick. Let us discuss some more factors between the three streaming devices.
Features of ChromeCast Vs. Amazon Fire Stick Vs. Roku Stick
1) USER INTERFACE
The Roku interface is extremely user-friendly and has a great UI which is easily access able by the users.The Amazon Firestick TV interface has a little more techno-flash, and has a great UI compare to the other two streaming devices. While we generally prefer the service-agnostic Roku interface, Amazon uses Alexa for all sorts of voice-control functions by using external remote access that Roku can’t compete with Amazon fire stick.
For its part, Chromecast does has decent functionality via the Home app, but it doesn’t really have a traditional user interface. Instead, you will be navigating apps and content libraries only through your mobile phone, tablet, or PC.
2) EASY ACCESSING
Even though the three devices let you access the same streaming media content available on the internet, the Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra function quite differently than the other devices. Since Chromecasts use your mobile phone or computer to cast content to your TV, they’re devoid of a traditional menu-based user interface, a remote control, and on-board storage. In fact, in a world of smart devices, the Chromecast is perhaps the dumbest of them all.But when it comes to simplicity and easily accessing, it stands on the top. Find what you want to watch or listen to on your personal device, “cast” it at the Chromecast by tapping a button, and you can watch it on your TV. That includes any content you can put on a Chrome browser window, i.e., anything on the web. It’s not that the other options here are complex — in fact, they’re all quite manageable — but the Chromecast takes the first place among the three devices.
3) PROCESSING SPEED/POWER
This factor varies from one device to another, based on the cost and newly released products will have a great advantage. Hence the latest streaming devices like ROKU premiere and Amazon Fire stick 4k is in the top place.
4) GAMES ZONE
All the three devices allows you to play games on your Tv. But among the three Amazon fire stick has a huge library of games which is more attractive. In Roku You can play some popular and interesting games like angry birds and many other. When it comes to google chromecast it also allows you to play some decent list of games on your Tv.
5) SEARCHING CONTENT
First One should decide what t watch on your Tv by setting up streaming devices. In Roku there are both the options , one can search the willing content to watch on your Tv by using Voice search option and also use text based searching option. In amazon Fire stick it only allows you to search by voice message. With Alexa available right on the remote, it’s pretty easy to use.Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa also now allows users to say things like “rewind 20 seconds” for more attuned searching, and the system will also show you where the video you want can be found. Still, Roku streaming is more easy in its search about price. Google Chromecast devices introduce text and voice search, but they’re still pretty far behind. Like the Firestick TV, however, google Chromecast search favors content from certain most used apps and better services, especially proprietary ones.
6) REMOTE CONTROL ACCESS
When it comes to the remote access, both the Roku devices and the amazon Fire TV offers the range of functionalities, including power and volume keys for your TV. However, Roku’s is a bit easier to use, including shortcut buttons to some of the most popular streaming apps for Netflix, Hulu, and others. Both platforms offer free remote apps for iOS and Android platforms, but here again, Roku slightly ranks more for better usability, as well as the ability to listen in headphones directly from your phone or tablet. As mentioned earlier, Chromecast devices don’t use a dedicated remote.
7) QUALITY CONTENT
In this factor all the three devices maintain a great HD quality. IN above tabular form it is clearly mentioned that all the three latest devices including google chromecast Ultra provides 4k UHD video streaming. The only device Chromecast third generation is in the least place when comes to the quality factor.
These are some of the extra factors need to be discussed for the sake of new users who want to choose the best among the three streaming devices for their Tv. Most of the influencing factors between the three devices are mentioned in the tabular form itself.
Let us discuss how to install an app on Google chromecast, Amazon fire stick and Roku.
Installation App on ChromeCast
Most of the live streaming viewers are aware of the VUDU app. Anyway briefly , VUDU is an online video-on-demand streaming service that provides access to movies and TV shows for the users. Now let us have a look how to install vudu app on google chromecast.
Initially one should set up google chromecast to your television and also to the home wifi network. Click on the link for Guidelines To set up google chromecast. After completing the process of connecting google chromecast to your television and home wifi network first, you can now get Vudu on chromecast and stream it on your television. One can use Pc, Laptop,mobile devices(Android/IOS) and even MAC. Below mentioned are the steps to do so.
Step-1 If you use a computer/laptop use the Chrome browser and visit vudu.com. If you are using mobile devices, get the VUDU App for Android or VUDU Player App for IOS available on the play store.
Step-2 Next click on the cast icon.
Step-3 Then you need to select a chromecast device, and choose your wished content (movie or tv show) and click on play button.
These are the simple steps to watch your favorite content on television which is available on the Vudu app for chromecast device by using different platforms.
Installation App On Amazon Fire Stick
Amazon fire stick which is a small device and can be connected to the television , in order to stream the movies, sports and videos from Netflix, Hulu , Youtube etc; It is similar to the chromecast. By downloading and installing Tvtap for fire stick one can enjoy the live streaming tv channels, movies, sports and many more categories with a high dimensional(HD) quality content for free of cost. But there is a paid version available in the market with the name TVTAP PRO which is the latest app.
Steps to install Tvtap app on amazon fire stick are mentioned below,
The downloading and installation process for firestick is very easy. It is same for fire tv also.
Step-1 First one should open amazon store to download apps for Firestick device.
Step-2 Search for FireDL app and start Downloading fireDL app from amazon store to install tvtap.
step-3 After downloading the app, Open FireDL app on firestick.
Step-4 Now search for the 085702(or Tvtap) and install apk file. The installation time is totally depends on your internet connection. make sure your internet connection is in great speed.
Step-5 After completing installation process, Open Tvtap app to stream live tv channels, music, movies, sports, and many more on tvtap application.
These are the downloading and installation steps for Tvtap application on firestick.
Installation App On Roku
Roku provides a large number of channels to add and watch. But most of the services are premium and few of them are free. So, people start installing the channels from unknown sources. TVTAP APK is one of the best live streaming channels for Roku.
To install the app to roku, follow the below mentioned steps.Before downloading it to your device one must enable unknown sources option to accept third party applications to your device.
To enable unknown sources , first go to settings>>security>>and then enable Unknown sources option for your Android box.It might be vary from one device to another.
Step-1 Initially, you should download the latest version of Tvtap app from the trusted pages available on the internet.
Step-2 Now make sure that the Roku TV and your Android device are connected to the same network.
Step-3 From your Android device, please navigate to Settings -> Display -> Cast Screen. Below the Cast Screen option, tap on ‘More Options’ and you will get to see ‘Enable Wireless Display’ , activate the same by marking the box.
Step-4 Now, you will be able to see the list of connected devices. Select Roku TV available in the list.
Step-5 After selecting Roku TV, your Android device will get synchronized with your Roku TV.
Step-6 Now , click on the app and enjoy live streaming movies , videos and many more on your television.
These are the installation steps for TVTap app on ROKU streaming device.
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All the above mentioned streaming devices take the entertainment sector to the other range of demand, by providing more and more options for the users. Anyway, you can choose one among all the streaming devices available on the market to stream movies, music, videos, games and many more on larger screen (TV). Go through the entire article and make sure that you are choosing the best for a reasonable price and makes your TV the smart one. According to me, ROKU premiere and Amazon Fire stick 4K are in the top priority.If you regularly use your phone, tablet, or computer for streaming, you might go for a Chromecast and streamline your viewing experience , chromecast ultra is also providing 4k UHD quality content with the lowest price among all the three. But one can choose according to their interest and priority based criteria.