Transferring or streaming movies or other cable content to your TV from a tablet, phone, or desktop computer is a simple enough process. The most common method is through an internet streaming device that plugs into the USB port on your television.
While there are a number of electronics companies offering a streaming device, it appears that the battle for supremacy will be played out by two or three players. Growing demanding recent months, the market for devices such as these has grown incredibly. Younger consumers are driving the market. Streaming devices are easy to install and inexpensive to purchase. Just plug them into the back of your TV and they are ready to use. This is way to utilize internet deals which give you high speeds suitable for watching streaming T.V.
The leading device to date comes from Roku, a pioneer in the category. Roku set the standard when it was introduced, and the Roku3 model is the latest version of the original device. It is a sleek unobtrusive black plastic device that sits on top of a TV, a bit larger than a squares hockey puck. It sells for $99.Roku’s Options Roku offers four variations of streaming devices: The Roku LT, Roku HD, Roku 2 XD and the Roku 3, which is for use only on HDTVs.
The primary differences between the models is in the quality of the picture and sound. They vary somewhat from 720p on the Roku LT and HD, and 1020p on the Roku 2XD and Roku3. Each model is basically identical, except as you move up the price scale, more optional features are included. Headphone jack, ear bud and Angry Birds game are standard on the newest Roku3.Content from all models is streamed by a wireless connection to your TV and controlled with an included controller. You will be able to watch any of your favorite programs in full screen format. Viewers have more than 750 channels and hundreds of thousands of movies to choose from.
The Contender The latest streaming wonder device, Chromecast comes from Google. This device has won the hearts of many industry followers who regard it as one of the best bets a person can make for $35.The revolutionary Chromecast streaming device is compatible with all Android, iOS, OS X and Windows mobile and desktop devices. The programming can be controlled with your cable device.
With the huge growth on the horizon, upgrades and more entertainment packages are expected to be announced as they become available. Initial Sell-Out Chromecast debuted in late July and immediately sold out at the introductory $35 price, substantially less than the $99 price tag on Roku. As far as size is concerned, Google’s entry into the growing segment is tiny when compared to the Roku. It is slightly larger than the electronic key fobs used to start a car’s engine.
While this early model may lack some features, the Chromecast device promises to deliver much more content in the near future. As Google expands and grows the Chromecast vision, expect more upgrades and entertainment packages to join the movement of this very smart technology.