Thursday, February 13, 2014

Chromecast vs. Apple TV vs. Roku 3: Which media streamer should you buy?

All three of the most popular streamers have their merits, so we'll help you decide which box is right for you.

CNET - If you're looking to buy a streaming box, it's likely you'll end up choosing between three products: Chromecast, Roku, and Apple TV.

Those aren't the only streaming boxes on the market, but they're by far the most popular and for good reason -- they all come in models under $100 and offer a lot of value for your money. While the Roku 3 remains my favorite streamer and a CNET Editors' Choice, it's not necessarily the best choice for every buyer and the Google Chromecast and Apple TV are compelling alternatives.

So which media streamer is right for you? Let's take a look at all three options.

Roku 3 ($99)


Why it's great: Roku 3 is still the best box

If I could recommend just one streaming box, it would be the Roku 3. Here's why:

Over 1,000 apps: Roku is the undisputed winner when it comes to content, with a massive channel library that includes Netflix, Amazon Instant, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Spotify, Rdio, MLB.TV, Amazon Cloud Player, Vudu, PBS, TWC TV, and (finally) YouTube. Roku is often the first to get new channels, plus the company has a good track record of bringing updates to its boxes years after they've been released.   Read More