While some video providers are moving away from Google TV, Roku and the Playbook, and Netflix still has yet to officially release its movie streaming app on any Android devices, the Epix channel is going all in. Following its "Big on Any Screen" slogan, it will roll out apps on a slew of devices over the second quarter beyond its current Flash player.
It's a tiny box that plugs into your television. Amazon says it delivers high-quality, fast performance with a quad-core processor and two gigabytes of RAM.It costs $99.99, and it's shipping today.Fire TV streams video from Amazon, Hulu, ESPN, Netflix, and many other sources.But it does more than just stream videos. It's also a gaming machine.
You'll have the best of both worlds when it comes to controlling Roku.You can use the physical remote that comes in the box or the app that is available forThere are too many choices for streaming stuff to our TV's. Google has the Chromecast dongle, which "casts" content from your computer directly to a TV.
Google'sChromecasthas teased seemingly limitless potential since its release last year, but until theCast SDK came out yesterdaymost developers couldn't take advantage of it. That includes Koushik Dutta, creator of the AllCast app that we've already seen featuringscreen mirroringorstreaming music, video and pictures from Android devicesto the dongle, but that's all changed.
TheNational Football Leaguehas yet to formally launch its new digital network,NFL Now, but there's no doubt it will be fully prepared once it does. As such, the NFLhas announcedthat Roku will join Microsoft, Yahoo and Verizon as distribution partners for itsupcoming online video service.
Janet: I used to use my Roku 3 as my Time Warner Cable box for my bedroom TV, in addition to watching Netflix and Hulu Plus. I eventually cancelled the Netflix and Hulu Plus because we just didn’t watch either of them very much. Now that we’ve moved, I don’t need the Roku as a cable box, either. I had just been using the Apple TV boxes (latest versions) we have to watch the programming we’d buy or rent on iTunes. I’ve been a long-time Amazon Prime member, and I didn’t have a good way to watch the streaming programming that Amazon makes available to Prime members. Yes, I could have used my iPad and AirPlay to watch it on my TV, but I just didn’t want to go to that much trouble. I was excited to try the Fire TV because I wanted to get more than just the free shipping benefits from my soon-to-be-even-more-expensive Amazon Prime membership.
Updates, apps and mergers are piling up as we head deeper into 2014, leaving little room for idle chatter as Ben and Richard get down to business. The Comcast and Time Warner Cable deal is stillreverberating through the newsand it's dovetailing with yet another Apple TV rumor.
Waking up from a seemingly long slumber, Roku 's mobile app has just been updated with a new coating. But more than just external beauty, the new app also boasts of some new features that, though not earth-shattering, should provide more convenience to users. In this visual refresh, Roku has gone all black, eschewing the gray tones of the previous versions.
It wasn’t that long ago that Google had plans get a place in your living room with a TV service , unfortunately that didn’t pan out quite as well as hoped with Google TV becoming a bit of a flop, mainly due to the half-baked integration of trying to combine apps and Pay TV services.
We've been waiting for it for quite some time, but now Amazon is finally ready to make its play for the living room. Fire TV is not a barebones device like the Chromecast; it's a powerful Android-driven platform with ties to the broader Amazon ecosystem.
Chromecast, or the new Roku streaming stick? with the new Roku stick coming down in price to $50, you can now enjoy all that Roku’s platform has to offer without a set-top box. On the other hand, Chromecast offers a lot of unique twists that make it incredibly useful. Tough choice. The Roku streaming stick is really just a new form factor.
Roku has released a new Streaming Stick that aims to take on Google's Chromecast and, to a lesser extent, the Apple TV. The new iOS-compatible Roku Streaming Stick features a design that's similar to Google's Chromecast and, like the Chromecast and Apple TV, allows the user to stream content from an iOS or Android device right to their television.
Amazon announced the Fire TV earlier this morning. Initially this seems to be just another set-top box to attach to your television and stream the likes of Netflix and Hulu Plus. Of course, Fire TV also has support for Amazon Instant Video (amongst other services).
We don’t blame you for being smitten by our comparison chart between the 2014 Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI Version) and Chromecast. We bet it enticed you enough to want the HDMI version bad. The news is that the stick is now ready to ship, so if you place an order now, it should get going within the next couple of days.
It's fair to say that Google TV wasn't exactly a triumph in the living room. Google's first attempt to dominate home entertainment turned out to be far too complicated and under-supported, and with hardware partners jumping ship, the project stalled.
So the Amazon FireTV is out, available, and already shipping. The $99 device lands in a space currently occupied by Apple TV, Roku, and, to a degree, the Chromecast. Each of these devices features their own unique hardware and software experience, yet there’s overlap across the board.
We came away relatively impressed with theFire TVduring our briefhands-on. But we all know that units set up specifically for press demonstrations are hardly the best indicator of how a device will function in the real world. So we immediately went back our lair and began putting the newest kid on the streaming block through its paces.
Roku has offered users the ability to control their device via a mobile app for a while now, and though it has received updates in the past, the look has largely remained the same. That changes with version 3.0, which was launched today for mobile users, bringing with it a completely overhauled interface.
After ashort test period, Walmart's movie streaming service Vudu has launched Chromecast support across its website and mobile apps, adding to thelonglist of devices it's already available on. A far cry from Vudu's$399 set-top box that launched in 2007, owners of Google's$35 HDMI donglecan now stream their entire collection of movies and TV shows in 1080p with just a press of the Cast button.