With the easy availability of high speed internet and the inability of people to watch TV as per its schedule.
Companies are boldly venturing into the market of streaming devices and are coming up with something new every other day.
However, the Apple TV and the Roku 3 still have not got lost in the crowd and are among the most popular devices in this category.
However which device would a wise man pick? With such a high range of options available, this indeed is a hard decision to make, considering that all try to keep themselves within a similar, affordable price range and try cutting down on features as a consequence, as addition of features only makes the figure on the price tag bigger, not a very wise choice when you are in breakneck competition to reach the top.
Apple TV and Roku 3 are both remotely controllable and use a Wi-Fi dual band Internet connection to get their content.
You can link these devices with the television by way of an HDMI cable. However, the scope of options that the Roku 3 remote presents you with is much higher than what Apple TV has to offer, which puts Roku3 in an advantageous position. Enumerated below are a list of perks that come with using the Roku 3.
1) Support Scope Is Extended To A Wider Range of Channels:
These devices support a huge number of channels, but Apple is known to support just 40+ channels while with Roku 3, you can access content from more than 2000 channels. Almost 80 games come preinstalled in the device, further making this device a great addition to your TV set.
The channels supported by the Roku 3 include those included under the genre of news, children, music, and sports channels, outclassing the Apple TV decently.
The Roku 3 gives you access to Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, Crackle, YouTube, HBO Go and many others, whereas Apple TV’s scope of support is limited to iTunes movies and TV shows, that are unique to Apple devices.
In terms of size, you would not find a very large difference in the two products. The Apple TV outsizes the Roku3 by less than an inch, but is much slimmer.
2) Inside the devices – Memory and Processors:
Internal memory plays a major role in the performance of any device.
Both the devices here bring to the table around 512MB, which is decent, considering that they do not have too much of multitasking to do.
Roku3 wins once more in this round, as it allows memory expansion by an external card and has a dual core processor, whereas the Apple TV only has a single core processor and no scope of memory expansion.
3) Connecting the gadgets – Ports:
Asides the Ethernet port which is a common factor for both the devices, Roku 3 provides you with a USB 2.0 port. However, Apple TV has an optical jack out.
As already discussed, Roku3’s remote has a wide array of functions.
You will find its remote sporting a headphone jack and a replay button, which the Apple TV lacks. However, this loss is made up by the presence of the Bluetooth connectivity option that is missing from the Roku 3.
4) How Much Should You Pay?
The price of Roku3 and the price of Apple TV are both $100.
Anytime, Roku3 is a much better deal, because it gives you more for less.