With the accretion of internet, consumers want to access content anywhere anytime (HD videos, Facebook chats, Twitter feeds, Skype etc) and this has led tech giants like Google, Roku and Apple to concoct avant-garde devices in the television space.
Google launched Google Chromecast, a dongle that plugs into your TV and lets you stream media from You Tube and Netflix directly. Controlled by iOS or an Android device, Chromecast is priced at $35 as compared to a price tag of $99 for its competitors, the Apple TV and the Roku set top box.
Brimming with an array of fun apps, this is a dream come true for Netflix and You Tube addicts (HBO and Hulu are coming soon). What really impresses in Google’s offering is that instead of a remote control (as in Apple TV and Roku) it can controlled by any Android or iOS device. However, unlike Apple and Roku, it doesn’t have specialized apps for varied content.
Apple TV works in concurrence with U.S. professional baseball, hockey and basketball leagues where as Roku encompasses the widest no. of channels and has direct dealings with Amazon (AMZN) Instant Video, Wallmart’s (WMT) Vudu and other internet video services. It is only the You Tube services which put Google Chromecast ahead of Roku (Apple TV has it).
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