Before you can stream your favorite TV series and movies, you’ll need to decide how you’ll watch. In addition to your computer, phone, or smart TV, there are many streaming devices that will let you stream all of your favorite apps on your TV. Right now Roku and the Fire TV are two of the largest streaming players in the United States. So which one is right for you? Lets take a look…
A recent study showed that Roku is the most popular streaming player choice in the US. The company launched a new set of devices in September. These are the devices currently available:
- Roku Express $29.99
- Roku Premiere $39.99
- Roku Streaming Stick+ $49.99
- Roku Ultra $99.99
- Roku Express+ $39.99 (Available at Walmart)
- Roku Streaming Stick+ Headphone Edition $49.99 (Available at Best Buy)
- Roku Ultra LT $79.99 (Available at Walmart)
Two “classic versions” of Roku devices are also available on Amazon: the Roku Streaming Stick for $49.99 and the 2018 Roku Express+ for $30 which can be used to connect to older TVs.
Roku holds the title of the most popular streaming device because of its affordability and user friendly design. Setting up a Roku is simple and once you’re connected, you’ll be able to personalize the menu to easily find your favorite apps and content.
Some versions of the Roku come with the voice command remote, allowing you to open apps and find content more easily. Just push and hold the microphone button and use your voice to search for a specific show or movie, browse content, launch channels, and give playback commands.
Amazon has a family of Fire TV products which includes streaming devices, smart TVs, speakers, and DVRs. Here are the Fire TV streaming devices currently available:
- Fire TV Stick $19.99
- Fire TV Stick 4K $24.99
- All-New Fire TV Cube $89.99
One factor holding many people back from choosing a Fire TV in the past was the lack of support for YouTube and YouTube TV. But as of September 30th, YouTube and YouTube TV are back on Fire TV devices. In fact, YouTube TV quickly became the most popular live TV streaming service on the Fire TV.
One benefit of choosing the Fire TV is the integration with Alexa which allows you to use the Alexa Remote to launch and control content. Many apps even have further controls so you can browse, search, and change channels within supported apps. If you have an Amazon Echo device, you’ll have even more options.
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