In the past years, we’ve seen streaming devices coming and going, but it seems that two streaming standards have managed to stay alive. Today we will talk about Google Chromecast and Apple TV.
Google Chromecast: How It Works?
The Chromecast is the hardware that’s used for the Google Cast API. In other words, the Google Cast is actually the service that’s used to send and receive media to your Chromecast device.
Chromecast is able to go and take the needed media itself and it playbacks it all by itself. In other words, the playback, download and rendering are done by this little device. The trick is that once playback starts, your device will not spend any other resources, as Chromecast will do the entire job to make sure that the video streams to your TV.
Apple TV: How It Works?
Back in 2011, Apple has announced the “AirPlay Mirroring” before anyone could even think about it. Back then, this was a really big deal, but it still continues to do a good job once you get inside Apple’s ecosystem.
AirPlay is using wireless streaming protocols, which means that any movie, application or screen that you send over AirPlay to an Apple TV, it will stream directly from your device (in most cases).
In other words, the media is shown on your TV, but it is rendered and sent to the Apple TV from your iPad, iPhone or Macbook and the Apple TV. In other words, the Apple TV receives the signal and renders it to the screen.
Chromecast vs. Apple TV: Which Is Better For You?
We can clearly say that Chromecast is way better than the Apple TV. As we’ve told you above, the Chromecast does the streaming for you, which means that your mobile device will not waste any processing power or battery to stream something to your Chromecast.
We remind you that both services come with screen mirroring, but only one of them can do this from both Android and Apple devices and that is Chromecast.