Apple TV Tops Competition in Video Streaming Device Showdown
A prominent tech reviewer recently took a close look at three of the most popular digital media players available on the market today in order to discover which device delivers the best user experience for streaming video to a television. As reported by the San Jose Mercury News, Anick Jesdanun from the Associated Press used and compared the Roku 3, Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Chromecast, and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) TV.
The Roku 3 is the latest iteration of the eponymously named company’s digital media player. As noted by Jesdanun, the Roku 3 works with all major video services except for Apple’s iTunes. However, Roku’s video streaming selection includes Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), Hulu, HBO, ESPN and MLB.TV. The device also features a vast selection of over 1,000 apps, many of which are free. The apps allow users to do everything from playing games like “Angry Birds” to listening to music via Pandora (NYSE:P) or Spotify.
The tech reviewer also gave the Roku 3 points for its unusual remote control. Users can plug their headphones directly into the remote, which automatically mutes the television. Jesdanun noted that, like Apple TV, the Roku 3 provides a direct Internet cable hookup for users that have a poor wireless connection. The Roku 3 and Apple TV also cost approximately the same at $100 and $99, respectively.
Although Google’s Chromecast was the smallest and cheapest of all three devices, Jesdanun noted that it was also the most problematic in his experience. Many of the issues were related to Chromecast’s exclusively wireless connection. Although he noted that all three devices occasionally had problems with video and audio synchronization, the issue occurred more often on Google’s Chromecast. Unfortunately, Chromecast is also the only device that doesn’t offer a wired streaming option.