Online video streaming is officially mainstream !!
For so many years, I hadn’t a clue that I could stream those TV shows i missed and music and Hulu and YouTube straight to my TV! I can now watch Netflix and be on my computer all at once.
So what are the best devices out there? Apple TV ($99) and Roku LT ($50). Which should you buy? Well, depends..
The Roku has an amazing lineup of content, including Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, Pandora, HBO Go, Crackle, Picasa, Flicker and more. You can see a full list on Roku’s site, and the company keeps adding more sources. The list is long and impressive and you get SO much free content – so many free movies and TV shows to pass the time! YouTube however is missing but is available on Apple TV.
No extra monthly bills.
It’s super simple to use, and you can customize your channels layout.
Roku also offers several pricier models which you can read about on their website.
In short it’s a great product at great value.
This one has fewer services than roku and is more expensive. It does stream YouTube though. There’s a lot of content on here that if you’re willing to pay for, is amazing.
What’s key to this is the INTEGRATION with other apple products. My iphone or iPad (maybe ipod touch too.. My ipod is the original ugly fat version:( and now sits on my bookshelf unused ) can double as a remote for the Apple TV which is amazing and pretty cool!
You can purchase shows on iTunes and watch it on TV and seamlessly pick up where you left off on your iPad or computer.
You can also play your music on here. Everything syncs up with your other apple products – like an ecosystem!
I have an apple TV and find that I ONLY use it for Netflix and YouTube streaming. In retrospect I wish I’d gotten the ROKU.
Why? More content, just as easy to use, lower price