66.7 F
Fort Worth
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
- Advertisements -
Culture A consumer's guide to streaming devices

A consumer’s guide to streaming devices

Other News

Wall Street posts solid gains after surge in corporate deals

By ALEX VEIGA and DAMIAN J. TROISE AP Business Writers Wall Street kicked off the week with a broad...

Tarrant County ranks low in work-from-home study by NAR

North Texas ranks pretty high in the “Work from Home” category, according to a just-released study by the National Association of Realtors....

Commentary: Universities and COVID-19: Charting turbulent times

Ray Perryman As the COVID-19 pandemic emerged this spring, college campuses across the United States swiftly sent students...

Linear Labs introduces electric motor that will fit inside a pocket

Leading the new wave of electrification, a Fort Worth-based technology company has built an electric motor that can fit inside one's pocket,...
Robert Francis
Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

Doug Gross


(CNN) — When Amazon released its Fire TV system this month, it propelled the company into the increasingly competitive marketplace of devices that stream Web content into the living room.

The set-top box now competes with Apple, Google and Samsung, as well as early innovator Roku and even the gaming world’s top consoles for the eyeballs of people who stream services like Netflix, Hulu and YouTube onto their televisions.

These devices are relatively new innovations: Roku first announced a simple Netflix-streaming box in 2008. But in recent years, more and more people have begun using devices that harness the Internet’s bountiful offerings and send them, usually via Wi-Fi, to a TV set.

According to Experian, almost half of all U.S. adults and 67% of young adults now watch streamed or downloaded video at least once a week.

And 7.6 million households in the United States have “cut the cord,” using Web streaming and downloading exclusively instead of cable, satellite or broadcast, for their television viewing, the company said in a report this week.

But it’s still a new concept for a lot of folks. And with so many players in the game, not to mention a new wave of “smart TVs” that hook up to the Web on their own, it can be hard to pick a favorite.

If you own a smart TV, you may not need a separate device for streaming. But the software on many smart TVs is still clunky, and most Web-streaming gadgets offer a larger menu of apps and channels.

Here, we break down the top players in the Web television market and compare details about their products.

Amazon Fire TV

Price: $100

Resolution: 1080p

Key apps: Amazon (obviously), Spotify, YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, Watch ESPN, Showtime

Works with: Android or iOS devices

Storage: 8 GB

Notes: No HBO Go, but a new deal offers limited HBO programming (Sorry, no “Game of Thrones”). Features voice search for shows, movies, actors or genres. Doubles as a casual gaming device with titles like “Minecraft.”

Apple TV

Price: $100

Resolution: 1080p

Key apps: Hulu, YouTube, Netflix, HBO Go

Works with: Apple mobile devices

Storage: None on device

Notes: No Amazon. Streams music and video from iTunes, as well as content from iPhones and iPads. Ideal for someone who owns several Apple devices.

Google Chromecast

Price: $35

Resolution: 1080p

Key apps: YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, HBO Go, Pandora, MLB.tv

Works with: Android, iOS

Storage: None on device

Notes: No Amazon. Easy setup; this little dongle basically works like a thumb drive.

PlayStation 4

Price: $400

Resolution: 1080p

Key apps: Hulu, Netflix, Amazon

Works with: Android, iOS, PlayStation Vita

Storage: 500 GB

Notes: Also features a Blu-Ray player. More expensive but obviously a more diverse device.

Roku 3

Price: $100

Resolution: 1080p

Key apps: Spotify, Hulu, YouTube, Netflix, HBO Go, Amazon, Showtime

Works with: Android, iOS

Storage: None on device, but you can expand it with a memory card

Notes: Wide app selection. With more than 1,000 channels, offers perhaps the widest variety of content. Not compatible with 4K televisions.

Roku Streaming Stick

Price: $50

Resolution: 1080p

Key apps: Same as Roku 3

Works with: Android, iOS

Storage: None on device

Notes: An answer to Chromecast, this little stick offers more content than the Google product. Some reviewers have said it’s slow loading some popular apps (but they work fine once loaded).

Samsung Smart Media Player

Price: $150

Resolution: 1080p

Key apps: Netflix, YouTube, Amazon

Works with: Android, iOS

Storage: None on device, but you can expand it with a memory card

Notes: Replaces the user’s cable box. Includes browser for Web surfing. Pricier than other dedicated media players.

Xbox One

Price: $500

Resolution: 1080p

Key Apps: YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, Skype, ESPN, NFL

Works with: Android, iOS, Xbox Smartglass

Storage: 500 GB

Notes: Includes Blu-ray player. Allows users to watch live television. Also more expensive but more diverse.

- Advertisements -
- Advertisements -

Latest News

What to Know: Fort Worth detectives solve 46-year-old case

Cold Case: Solved One of Fort Worth’s most mysterious murders from the last 50 years has apparently been solved.

What to Know: Dallas 1963 and US 2020? And new restaurants! Remember new restaurants!

Dallas 1963 and U.S. 2020? Over the weekend I listened to the Audible version of "Dallas 1963," the book...

Today in History: Emancipation Proclamation, Nathan Hale and ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’

By The Associated Press Today in HistoryToday is Tuesday, Sept. 22, the 266th day of 2020. There are 100 days left in...

Fort Worth entrepreneur, philanthropist to speak at Stories from the Stage

The next Stories from the Stage free webinar is Sept. 24 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Moderator Carlo Capua will interview entrepreneur / philanthropist Larry Anfin, whose...

Ginsburg’s impact on women spanned age groups, backgrounds

By JOCELYN NOVECK AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Sure, there were the RBG bobbleheads, the Halloween getups,...