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Roku Streaming Stick vs. Chromecast – Which Streaming Stick Gives You an Edge?


With streaming media players rolling high in the market, various companies are manufacturing budget-friendly players.

Google Chromecast is being used by millions, whereas Roku is offering multiple players as it has impressed the users worldwide. But what happens when the two streaming sticks stand in a head-to-head competition? Let’s find out!

Compatible Media Sources

Streaming media players come with different types of supportable media options. While some common and popular entertainment options such as Amazon Instant Video and Netflix are offered by a majority, other channels and device options vary from player to player. Hence, you should assess your entertainment needs before choosing the appropriate player.

With that said, the Roku streaming stick is compatible with smartphones and tablets; whereas Chromecast also supports PC. When it comes to movies, both the devices support Snagfilms, Sling TV, Netflix, Hulu, Flixter and Crackle. In addition to this, Chromecast supports Viki while Roku offers CinemaNow, Amazon Instant Video and Blockbuster on Demand.

Apart from this, the Roku Streaming Stick provides compatibility for sports, news and weather and TV channels. On the other hand, Chromecast supports several music channels. Overall, Roku is more compatible than the Google’s device.

Winner: Roku Streaming Stick

Supportable File Formats

The configuration for reading files in every streaming media player differs. Generally, media files are divided into three kinds – audio, video and images. Roku Streaming Stick supports two audio formats, AC-3 and MP3; whereas Chromecast supports M4A, OGG, WAV and MP3. When it comes to videos, the Roku device is compatible with WMV, MKV, MOV and MPEG-4. In contrast, Chromecast supports AVI, FLV, VOB, MKV, MOV and MPEG-4. Apart from this, Roku comes loaded with image-file supportability, while the Chromecast device lacks this feature. To sum it up, Chromecast is more powerful in the audio and video section, but Roku is more appropriate for image files.

Winner: Chromecast

Networking and Sharing

The two players enable the users to share files on various social networking sites. To be precise, Roku is compatible with social media like MyMedia, Picasa, Facebook, Flickr and PlayTo. On the other hand, Chromecast allows users to mark their presence on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and PlayTo. Apart from this, the users of Roku can share photos on Picasa and Flickr, while the Chromecast users can only share on Flickr.

Winner: Roku Streaming Stick

No doubt, the Roku device is more powerful than the Google Chromecast in terms of overall features. When it comes to price, Chromecast costs as low as $31, whereas Roku demands an additional $18.