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Deals and Review of Roku, Fire TV, and Google Chromecast:
Today, there are deals on all three popular streaming media players: the Amazon Fire TV Stick, the Google Chromecast with Google TV, and the Roku.
If you already pay for a Netflix subscription and want a new streaming media player for nearly free, this Chromecast bundle costs $90 and includes 6-months of Netflix.
It applies as an $84 credit toward a new or existing Netflix account, and activates when the Chromecast is setup on your TV.
So, if you were already planning to pay for Netflix for the next 6 months, this effectively gives you a Chromecast player for $6 more than the cost of 6 months of your Netflix membership.
If you want an Android-based player because of their vast app library of more than just streaming services, or
If want to add peripherals and storage to your player.
The Chromecast with Google TV is compatible with any USB-C which provide USB ports.
You can add hard drives, flash drives, memory cards, a webcam, a microphone, and an Ethernet port.
USB-C hubs cost extra, and likely require buying a higher-powered USB-C power adapter than the one included with the Chromecast.
There is no wrong choice.
These are our recommendations based on experience with all three.
People like their Roku.
The Fire Stick is also well-liked, but we see more Roku's in living rooms and Fire Sticks in kitchens and bedrooms.
More entertainment-focused living rooms may opt for a more expensive player like a game console (Xbox, Playstation) or an Nvidia Shield TV.
The Roku's remote is the easiest to use on this list.
The rubber arrow and OK buttons feel firm and easier to touch than the plastic circles on the other brand remotes.
Our least favorite remote is Chromecast's.
It has no play/pause button which left us with a less convenient way of reaching for the navigation wheel inconveniently placed at the top of the remote, every time we wanted to pause shows during bathroom and snack breaks.
Chromecast was the most difficult to setup of the above three.
Our Chromecast failed to connect to our strong wifi until the fifth try, and would not power the TV on & off like the others.
However, the Chromecast's ability to use USB devices is a nice benefit, and we will soon try adding a webcam and microphone for video calls on the TV.
All players support nearly every streaming app available, with very few differences between them.
The Chromecast with Google TV had more hiccups than the others, including occasional audio sync issues that would not automatically correct until we paused the video.
All worked adequately for launching apps and playing shows, such as, "play Bridgerton on Netflix."
All were hit and miss with general commands, like "show me comedies."
For Internet searches, smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home worked better than using any voice remote.
Thursday, March 25, 2021
- Roku 4K Streaming Stick+ $40 (expired)
Normally sells for $48.
Plugs into a TV's HDMI port and provides just about every streaming app available today (search).
Also works with Apple's AirPlay.
Advantage of this model over other Roku players:
The Roku, its power adapter, and remote control are very small. Easy to bring on a trip.
The included voice remote also controls the power and volume of the TV.
If the Amazon deal expires, Roku is offering the same deal for existing Roku users through their website.