Streaming TV media: Chromecast vs. Roku vs. Firestick....

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  1. HA2740

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    Any recommendations on which one to buy? Reviews suggest Roku offers the most apps on its platform but that Amazon firestick is better for streaming.
     
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    KODI 15.2...
     
  3. Hank Reardon

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    I have both a Roku and a Fire Stick. As far as performance I'd say they work equally well. My quibble with the Amazon Fire Stick is that the entire interface is geared towards Amazon and Amazon content with the other apps (Netflix/HBOGo, etc) just sort of shoved off into another area. They work fine though.

    The Roku is obviously not as geared towards a specific service so you can set up whatever you want, front and center.

    I like both though.
     
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    I used Roku for years and was fine. I recently bought TiVos and those have Neflix and Amazon apps baked in, so I don't use Roku anymore. The reviews are probably right that Roku has the most apps, but the fast majority of those are garbage anyway so it's mostly an irrelevant difference. All I used Roku for really was Netflix and Amazon. Sometimes I watched TED talks on the TED channel app, and also there's a 'hidden' channel that gives you all the free pron you could want. So there's that.
     
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    What's this 'hidden' channel you speak of and how might a guy find it?

    I'm asking for a friend.
     
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    We have 2 Roku's. Love 'em.
     
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    I have Chromecast...since I'm fully integrated into Android works great for me.
     
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    I used Roku for years and was quite happy. When I moved back here, I gave it to a friend who uses all the time and loves it.

    I know nothing about the other two.
     
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    Log in to your Roku account online, go to your account info, choose add a channel, and enter "porn" for the channel code. And Voila, you now have a porn channel on Roku.

    A friend told me this works...
     
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    I used to use a Boxee Box before they sold out and discontinued it. The thing actually shipped with embedded apps for YouP**n and P**nHub. They were even visible by default unless you went in and set parental controls to hide them.
     
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    I have used all 3 of these. To me, they all work great and it just comes down to 2 things- the interface and the remotes.

    Personally, I find myself using the Roku more simply because the remote is easiest to use.

    I would suggest buying the 2 or 3 you're interested in and trying them out at home for a week. Then return the ones you don't like. I don't abuse return policies but if I'm torn between 2 products I'll get both and return the other.
     
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    Have not tried the others but I really like the Firestick.
     
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    I can tell you through first-hand experience (in this case that would be my left-hand) that the porn channel on ROKU is real and it's spectacular. It's changed my life. Not sure if that change has been for the better or worse, but it's defnitley changed one way or another, that's for certain.
     
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    After reading many reviews about a year ago I went with the Roku 3. It has plenty of junky apps, the processor is faster than the chrome or Roku stick and it's just simple to use.
     
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    Roku and Firestick both are very popular and reliable media streaming devices these days to stream unlimited content on your TV. Both change your television into an entertainment hub.
    But, if you ask to buy one, then read more about it.
    There are many models and generations that have been launched in the US market of both. You have to select which is affordable and best for you.

    Roku Models: Roku Ultra, Roku Streaming Stick, Roku Streaming Stick +, Roku Premiere HD, Roku Express HD.
    Amazon Fire TV Stick popular Models: Amazon Fire TV Stick, Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, Amazon Fire TV Cube.

    All the prices are difference from each other like features.

    Roku Express features No HDR, Roku Channel Store for Online Content Service, No Voice Control, No 4k, No Web browser, Smartphone Tablet Control available.
    Roku Ultra and Roku Premiere + features: HDR 10, Roku Channel Store, Voice Control Search, Best for Roku TV, Live TV, 4K available, Smartphone Tablet Control available.

    Amazon Fire TV Stick Features Quad-core processor, 8gb Storage, Dolby Audio, Picture Quality up to 1080p (HD), Compatible Bluetooth, headphones, With Alexa voice remote.
    Fire TV Stick 4k Features Quad-core processor, 8gb Storage, Dolby Atmos Audio, Picture Quality up to 4k, Ultra HD, HDR 10, HDR 10+, HLG, Dolby Vision, Compatible Bluetooth, headphones, With Alexa voice remote.
    Fire TV Cube Features: Hexa-core processor, 16gb Storage, Dolby Atmos Audio, Picture Quality up to 4k, Ultra HD, HDR 10, HDR 10+, HLG, Dolby Vision, Compatible Bluetooth, headphones, With Alexa voice remote, Built-in Speaker, Voice Control for Fire TV.

    You can check more about Roku VS Firestick to buy. Every model has a different price.
     
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    We've had 2 Firesticks and both have been awful. Just glitchy and really slow. We have an Appletv and Roku stick as well. Both are buttery smooth and work great.
     

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