Hey all! I recently moved to a new home and want to buy a new streaming device... In our old home I was making due with my XBox 360 for streaming movies, but the menus take too long to load and its time I got something better. I'm leaning toward getting a Roku, but I've also heard good things about Chromecast and Firestick. What do you use personally? Are you happy with it, or do you wish you had something else?
No Apple TV huh? Seems like a good poll for multiple options.
I think Chromecast is great but because I got an old surround that Chromecast doesn't support, when I want to use that, which is very often, I have to use my PS3. I connect my laptop to the TV frequently as well. I don't like PS4 as a multimedia device maybe 'cause I refuse to buy another remote. Make my PS3 remote work damnit!!
Things to keep in mind: do you use Amazon stream? iTunes? They're all competing so every device is missing a piece of the puzzle. I have access to Amazon Prime but Chromecast doesn't support so I have to use the PS3. iTunes you need an Apple TV.
I was using an Apple TV until my divorce when my ex took it with her. I was quite pleased with that solution. I recently got my mother the Apple TV that could download apps and I had the older version with pre-installed handful of apps. Ironically, I found the newer one to be a lot more unreliable and janky, quitting out to it's main menu in the middle of a movie and once in a while really need to reboot to function properly. While my old one hardly ever had issues. Either way, these days I'm using my PS4 and it's doing it's job just as well as my old Apple TV for my needs.
I use a Roku and I think it's pretty swell. Although, when I say that I mean the Roku 3 I use in my bedroom. The Roku 4 I have in the living room seems to not be as good, it crashes/freezes often enough that I've gotten into the habit of rebooting it before watching anything out there. And the Roku 2 my dad still has feels excruciatingly slow and outdated now. That 3 though, it's pretty boss.
My sister recently bought a chromecast, and while casting in-tab stuff doesn't give the best quality, the simplicity and amount of stuff you can get sent to your TV screen feels very powerful. If you're not in a position where your PC can be linked with your TV, it's definitely a great solution for the price.
I use an Xbox One, which I think is ideal. I used to use a PC with an HDMI to my TV before I bought a house, which worked fine, but now my PC is in my office - not the living room. My parents have Fire TV and that seems fine too. Really, as long as it has Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Now, etc I wouldn't sweat it.
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