This chart compares several features of the Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, and Google Chromecast streaming media players, including price, TV and Internet connection options, number of supported content providers (with examples of some of the most popular ones supported and not supported) and additional features specific to each one.
The chart does not compare streaming performance, ease of setup, or ease of navigating each device’s user interface because I haven’t really found a significant difference between any of them.
Note: This chart was last updated on June 20, 2017. Information may change at any time. For complete, up-to-date details about any of these devices, please visit the device manufacturer’s website. If you find any errors, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Amazon Fire TV||Roku||Apple TV||Google Chromecast|
|Where to Buy||Amazon US, Amazon UK||Roku|
Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon UK
|List Price (USD)||Fire TV: $89.99|
Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote: $39.99
|Roku Ultra: $109.99|
Roku Premiere+: $89.99
Roku Premiere: $69.99
Roku Express+: $39.99
Roku Express: $29.99
Roku Streaming Stick: $49.99
|Apple TV, 64GB: $199.00|
Apple TV, 32GB: $149.00
|Google Chromecast Ultra: $69.00|
Google Chromecast: $35.00
|TV Connections||HDMI||All: HDMI|
Express+: HDMI, Composite A/V for older TVs
|Internet Connections||Box: Wi-Fi, Ethernet|
|Premiere+, Ultra: Wi-Fi, Ethernet|
Other Models: Wi-Fi
|Wi-Fi, Ethernet||Both: Wi-Fi|
Ultra also comes with Ethernet adapter
|Number of Content Apps/Channels|
(video, audio, game, etc.)
NOTE: These are old numbers. Amazon doesn't publish the number anymore.
|4,500+ official (varies by country)|
Private channels also available
Find More (full list not available online)
|Thousands (difficult to find a complete count)|
|Available on All||Netflix, Hulu, Crackle, FilmStruck, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, DIRECTV NOW, HBO, SHOWTIME, PBS, PBS Kids, WatchDisney, WatchESPN, FOX NOW, Telemundo Deportes EN VIVO, YouTube, Plex, Pandora|
NOTE: May be limited to certain models. Check with device manufacturer to confirm availability.
|Additional Popular Providers||Amazon Video, Spotify, Amazon Music, PlayOn||Amazon Video, FandangoNOW, VUDU, Google Play, Spotify, Amazon Music, PlayOn||iTunes, Apple Music, Hulu Live TV, Amazon Video (coming in 2017)||Google Play, YouTube TV, Hulu Live TV, FandangoNOW, VUDU, Spotify, PlayOn|
|Missing Popular Providers||FandangoNOW, Google Play, YouTube TV, VUDU, iTunes, Apple Music, Hulu Live TV (coming soon)||iTunes, Apple Music, YouTube TV, Hulu Live TV (coming soon)||Google Play, YouTube TV, FandangoNOW, VUDU, Spotify, Amazon Music, PlayOn||Amazon Video, Amazon Music, iTunes, Apple Music|
|Read the T4L Blog Post to Learn More||Amazon Fire TV: What Is It and How Does It Work?||Roku: What Is It and How Does It Work?||Apple TV: What Is It and How Does It Work?||Google Chromecast: What Is It and How Does It Work?|