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Streaming devices compared

There are two types of steaming gadgets: set-top boxes and HDMI sticks. Streaming boxes are larger and more expensive, but tend to be more powerful. HDMI sticks are the size of USB drives and plug right into your TV’s HDMI port. That means less clutter in your entertainment center and less impact on your wallet.

This chart will help you compare and contrast the best streaming devices on the market so you can make the right decision for your entertainment needs.

Apple TV 4K Roku Ultra Amazon Fire TV Cube Roku Streaming Stick + Google Chromecast Amazon Fire TV Stick Google Chromecast Ultra
Price
$179 32GB, $199 64GB
$100
$120
$55
$35
$40
$69
Resolution (Max)
4K HDR (2060p)
1080p, 4K Ultra HD, HDR
4K Ultra HD and HDR
1080p, 4K, HDR
1080p
1080p
HDR
Video Connections
HDMI
HDMI, 4K video HDCP 2.2 HDMI
HDMI
HDMI
HDMI
HDMI
HDMI
Audio Connections
HDMI
HDMI
HDMI
HDMI
HDMI
HDMI
HDMI
Other Connections
Gigabit Ethernet, IR receiver
Micro SD, USB
USB
Micro-USB
Micro-USB
No
Micro-USB
Wired Networking
Yes
Yes
Yes
None
None
None
Yes
Wireless Networking
802.11ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO; simultaneous dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
802.11ac dual-band MIMO and Ethernet Port
Dual-band 802.11ac
Dual-band Wi-Fi
Dual-band Wi-Fi
Dual-band Wi-Fi
Dual-band Wi-Fi
Remote Control
Remote with Siri voice commands
Voice remote with TV power and volume buttons, headphone jack
Remote, Alexa voice-activated
Remote + Roku app with voice search
Smartphone, tablet or computer
Remote + app; Alexa voice activated remote
Smartphone, tablet or computer
Local Storage
32GB, 64GB
None
16GB
None
None
8GB
None
Paid Content
iTunes, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sling TV, Hulu Plus, HBO Now, Watch ESPN, more
Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, HBO Go sports, Sling TV, more
Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, more
Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Go, Sling TV and more
Netflix, Google Play, NFL Sunday Ticket, Sling TV, Showtime Anytime, other Android and Web apps
Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Go, Sling TV and more
Netflix, Google Play, NFL Sunday Ticket, Sling TV, Showtime Anytime, other Android and Web apps
Free Content
YouTube, more
The Roku Channel, hundreds of other free streaming channels
Amazon Prime free with Prime membership, YouTube, more
The Roku Channel, YouTube, Sony Crackle, Fox News, CBS News, more
TubiTV, YouTube, other Android and Web apps
YouTube, TubiTV, Fox News, more
TubiTV, YouTube, other Android and Web apps
Music
Apple Music
Pandora, iHeartRadio, Vevo, more
Prime Music, Spotify, iHeartRadio, more
Pandora, iHeartRadio, Amazon Music, more
Spotify, TuneIn, Pandora, other Android and web apps
Amazon Music, Vevo, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Spotify, TuneIn
Spotify, TuneIn, Pandora, other Android and web apps
Other Services
Apple TV App to browse content from more than 60 video services, Amazon Prime app
Roku app, thousands of streaming channels
Dolby Atmos audio, compatible with Amazon Echo, more
1000+ channels including games
Google Home, Stream online video from smartphones, tablets and Chrome browser on Mac or PC
3000+ channels, apps & games; IMDB integration; FreeTime parental controls
Google Home, Stream online video from smartphones, tablets and Chrome browser on Mac or PC
Purchase
Stream, Rent, Own
Stream, Rent, Own
Stream, Rent, Own
Stream, Rent, Own
Stream, Rent, Own
Stream, Rent, Own
Stream, Rent, Own
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