If you are looking for a new device for media streaming, you might be on a dead as to which one will work best for you. Amazon, Roku, Appl and Google are four of the players in TV-based streaming, with Gaming consoles, Xbox and PlayStation remaining populari n streaming. But between the Apple TV and Google Chromecast, which is a better investment?
The Apple TV already released its 4th generation ATV and this offers more than media playback. Google Chromecast, on the other hand, was launched in 2013 with latest release being Chromecast Ultra.
Google Chromecast Ultra
The Google Chromecast Ultra boasts of a high 3,840 x 2,160 resolution, a big leap from the regular model with 1,920 x 1,080. This is perfect for users with 4K TVs and people who watch 4K videos from Hulu and Netflix. Moreover, this device supports HDR videos.
Another added feature is the ethernet adapter that comes with the device. With this feature, it enables users to directly plug their internet routers into the Chromecast device and consequently enjoy fast internet speed when using video streaming. If there is one great thing about the Chromecast Ultra, it is its ease-of-use characteristic. This is because Google came up with casting support for the device. By simply clicking the button and selecting the device being casted, it will immediately work.
Even on mobile, operation is easy with just a click on the cast button. Moreover, the cast support is also integrated with other apps like YouTube. Up to now, there is no separate remote for Chromecast Ultra. However, users can still use the PC or a smartphone to access videos from Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and Google Play Store.
Chromecast is suitable for people who subscribe to Netflix and Hulu and want to enjoy video streaming on a larger screen than just from a tablet, PC or a smartphone.
Apple TV 4
The 4th generation of Apple TV is the latest and the best among the ATV models. This one is capable of installing apps and comes with a remote controller as well as the Siri voice search feature.
This device also has the ability to rewind what is being watched by simply touching the surface of the remote while Siri can also perform a quick rewind by simply asking, “What did he say?”. These are just some of the features of the ATV 4.
If the remote control gets lost or broken, there is no need to fret since the 4th gen ATV can work with a universal infrared remote as well as the old one that came with an older ATV. Not only this, the ATV 4 can be paired with wireless Bluetooth headphones as well as use Bluetooth speakers to enhance the viewing experience.
With the Apple TV, it is also possible to switch between apps, just like in iPhones. This saves time since there is no need to go back to the main menu. Instead, this can be done by simply double-clicking the home button.
In general, there is really not much difference between casting with Chromecast and streaming with Apple TV via Airplay. Both have particular features that are better than the other. That said, whichever is the better option depends on the needs of the user. This is why it is important to have a more detailed comparison between Apple TV and Chromecast.