The Future of Television: Google Chromecast vs Roku vs Apple TV

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.andriod-based-TV

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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Google has found the Easiest to Use Internet TV, Chromecast.

Google has been trying to get into TVs for years and has come up with seemingly the most elegant and the easiest to use internet TV, Chromecast . Instead of going the smart TV way, think Apple TV or Roku – Google has decided to use the TV as just a display screen, not a computer.

Chromecast at a glance:

A USB sized wireless receiver, all Chromecast does is pull video from the internet or even content from a laptop or PC – and then displays it on HDTVs. What this means for a consumer is that they don’t need to splurge on a smart TV because all the computing is done on the network cloud or by external devices. A smart phone, tablet or laptop acts the remote control, another elegant solution! This has two major benefits – Firstly, Chromecast is cheap because it doesn’t require any extra processing or memory. Secondly, and more importantly – it is a simple platform that allows content providers to easily plug in, a major issue for Smart TVs till date.

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