The battle of media streaming devices has begun. The three giants Google, Amazon and Apple are fighting for your attention and devotion. It feels like the early days of every new technolgy. Which one will become the standard in your house? At My Smart Home, we wonder what kind of media streaming device suits you best and we want to help you make this decision.
#1. Dongle or set-top box?
On the one side, Google’s Chromecast is a dongle which means, it directly plugs into the HDMI port of your TV and hangs there. No set up and you can enjoy your device right from the beginning.
On the other side, Amazon’s Fire TV and the Apple TV are both set-top boxes which means they are little boxes sitting somewhere on your TV stand or on your living room table. They are the middle device between your internet connection and your TV.
#2. Remote or smartphone/tablet?
You may wonder how you’d like to use your media device. With an actual remote control or do you want to use your smartphone instead? With the Apple TV you can use either one and even use a wireless keyboard. With Google’s Chromecast you can use the Apps (for example Netflix) on your smartphone to broadcast the videos etc. With Amazon Fire TV you can either use the Fire TV remote, the Fire TV app for your smartphone or tablet – or you can even get a Fire game controller.
#3. Gamer or no gamer?
You like to spend time in front of your TV playing video games? If you are a gamer there’s no other choice than Amazon’s Fire TV. The Google Chromecast and Apple TV are not designed to enhance your video games experience.
#4. You have little offsprings?
If you do have kids, again, Amazon is probably your no. 1 choice. They developed FreeTime, Amazon’s “all-you-can-eat” content subscription for kids aged 3 to 8. By subscribing to this, you can get unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV shows: especially for your little children.
#5. Which USP is most appealing to you?
Amazon’s USP: voice search and ASAP (Advanced Streaming And Prediction).
Google’s USP: low price.
Apple’s USP: Apple’s AirPort.
In a nutshell
Even if you use your smartphone or tablet as the remote, all three options don’t drain your battery or data volume. They all work with either Android or iOS.
It really depends on what your preferences are and what kind of on demand video service you’re using. When you’re using Amazon’s Instant Video there’s really only one choice: Fire TV. But Google apparently plans to include Instant Video as well, but hasn’t so far.
Let us know what your favorite is and why!