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Amazon Fire TV vs Roku vs Apple TV vs Chromecast – The Set-top Box Showdown

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Which one of these four set top boxes will take over your living room? Who wouldn’t want to stay in front of a big TV and watch movies and shows streamed from the internet while enjoying the company of some entertaining friends? Here’s a list of devices you’d want to pick from, and we’ll help you decide upon the best set top box.

Amazon TV was unveiled on April 2, being available at the price of 99 dollars, Chromecast was released last year, on July 24 and its price was set at 35 dollars, Roku 3 is the latest model from the third generation and its price is 89 dollars on amazon, while the Apple TV, 3rd generation Rev A, is “older” than its rivals, being on the market since January 28, 2013 and it costs 89,99 dollars.

Specs

The Fire TV is powered by a a quad core 1.7Ghz Krait 300 processor, supported by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset, having an internal memory of 8GB and 2GB of RAM. The Roku 3 features a dual-core BCM­11130 900MHz processor with 512MB of RAM and 256MB of channel storage, the Apple TV has an Apple 5 chipset with a single core processor and 8GB of internal memory, and finally, the Chromecast has a Marvell DE3005-A1 chipset, also with a single core processor, 512MB of RAM and 2GB of storage.

Connectivity

Fire TV supports Dolby Digital Plus and 7.1 surround sound and the data is output via HDMI. There’s a dual band WiFi radio (802.11a/b/g/n), an USB 2.0 port and an Ethernet port, and the device comes with a Fire game controller which connects over Bluetooth and has buttons for media playback, offering an excellent gaming experience.

The Roku Streaming Player receives the video stream via hardwire network connection to a router, which has access to internet, or via WiFi. The device outputs data over an HDMI cable for live TV streams, it supports Apple HLS.

Apple TV syncs and streams music, videos or photos from a computer that runs iTunes, so all you’ll need is to have access to the internet. The device is compatible with HD TVs that support HDMI and are capable of viewing 1080p or 720p content at 60/50 Hz.

Chromecast is very tiny and plugs into the HDMI port of a monitor or HD TV, being powered by their micro USB ports. It can connect to the internet via WiFi and has two options for streaming content.

Apps

Both the Fire TV and Roku TV offer 10/11 most popular streaming services, being followed by Apple TV with 9 and Chromecast with 7 streaming services.

The winner

The competition is fierce between Fire TV and Roku 3, but we’ll choose Amazon’s set-top box as a winner because it offers great deals along with more content.