Streaming content from the internet is the new trend, particularly as the web and wireless networking continues to become more and more integrated with household devices. Both Netflix and Hulu continue to grow in popularity as are various “internet tv” channels.
This has prompted many people to ditch cable and traditional programming for streaming options. If you own a blu-ray player, a next-gen gaming system, or an internet-ready television then you can access various types of programming through the internet. If your television is not quite web-ready, then you can also invest in a small, set-top-box alternative that can connect your television to a web-tv provider for a very small price.
But which device should you get? There is Chromecast and theAmazon Fire Stick and then there’s also device like Roku. Aside from the fact that Roku is a small box that sits next to (or behind) your television and Chromecast (and Fire Stick) amounts to a USB stick (Flash drive) there is not much difference between the services. Roku boasts access to 1,800 channels but—as you probably know with cable—you will really only watch a few of those channels.
Still, you can potentially get access to a wide variety of cable channels and specialty networks like ESPN and Comedy Central.
If you are already an Amazon Prime member, however, you might appreciate that the Fire Stick will give you access to your free Amazon content on your television. At the same time, if you are also an HBO subscriber you should know that HBOGo is not available with Fire Stick; you will have to get Chromecast or Roku instead.
The only other difference between might be the price; but it’s the holidays right now so just keep in mind that each peripheral will set you back only about $30-$50.