More information on installing and using RokuCast can be found on the RokuCast GitHub page listed below. Select your Roku and the video will be sent from your phone, tablet, or computer to the Roku. You can also see how the Chromecast Ultra stands up to its competition in. There's no extra overhead menu to navigate. You'll get an icon in the top-right corner that gifts your Chrome browser with Google Cast capability. The Content Comparison Chart What can you watch on these devices? It worked for me under Windows 7, too. Content and Apps When the first Chromecast squared off against the Roku Stick, it was a bloodbath: the Roku had thousands of channels, whereas the Chromecast had about a dozen.
On your Android devices, certain apps like Netflix and YouTube will be able to cast to your Roku using the embedded cast icon in the mobile app. You can get it free in the Roku channel store! If you're all-in on Android for your media purchases, you're probably better off sticking with the Chromecast. Overall Winner: Chromecast The second version of the Chromecast is slicker and more functional than ever. Nearly any video on any site will work. On the other hand, Roku doesn't have any kind of screen-mirroring functionality at all. I expected the Roku Stick to feel a little more sluggish or outdated, but even now, a year and a half after its release, I was perfectly pleased with how it performed. You control it through a small remote, and it allows you to flip through various apps — think of them as channels — on the device.
On the Web, you can watch some of this for free. After that, Chromecast itself fetches the content. While Roku's and its can already do this, the added feature will let users stream video from third-party apps. Select the Devices charm and and select Project. The selection isn't tremendous, but there are a few gems, and at least the option is there. Craig This is pretty cool.
I can't get this to work at all. It's also quick to predict your search term based on just a few characters, which takes a lot of pain out of using the onscreen keyboard. Your Roku will automatically switch into Miracast mode. Even so, each setup process has a few benefits and at least one potential hitch. Google has , but the functionality is pretty self-explanatory. In this case, you are streaming content directly from your browser tab to your television.
Not to my Roku anyway. Still, it didn't feel as intuitive or as snappy as Google's revamped gadget. Subscriptions may be required to access certain content. Basically, you have the functionality of a Chromecast, without having to buy a dongle. Unsurprisingly, the casting features are more all-encompassing and better developed on a Chromecast—but you can still cast all the YouTube and Netflix videos you want to your Roku. Is there a feature that you really love? Download the official Roku app for or , then launch it. Chromecast currently does this with Netflix and YouTube.
It appears to require that the Chromecast app be installed. Xbox: You can do more than just play games on. Both systems come with adapters. A: Similar to its video-focused cousin, the Chromecast Audio plugs into speakers to stream music over Wi-Fi. In the Chromecast's favor, it can handle a number of games. I'm using Windows 7 Are you sure its installed and enabled? To do this, click the notifications icon on the lower right of your Windows Taskbar. In my experience, the pricing and availability of content from any of these rental services is about the same.
It connects to the Internet through wifi or ethernet. The Google Chromecast is a cheap, simple way to. Neither device goes on sale all that often, but they're also on the cheaper end of the streaming spectrum. I have installed Google Cast and the beta version to no avail. It supports mirroring from Chrome on a desktop computer.
I haven't had the chance to fully review the new Roku Streaming Stick which comes out in April , but from my brief hands-on time, it looks to deliver the same Roku experience that's available on the company's traditional streaming boxes. So now, I launch the Chrome Add-on, which pops up in its own window. Miracast is built into Windows 8. Both are cheap, but the Chromecast is cheaper, especially if you're looking to outfit several rooms with a streamer. With a few clicks or taps, you can mirror a Windows 8. Ever since Google released the for Chromecast, new apps have been springing up frequently, so keep an eye out for more apps.
The window will pop-up in the middle of your display again. The 1st gen chromcast sometimes looses connection and its always when we're watching a good Corp. If you want screen-mirroring from a stick, the Chromecast is the best option, just don't expect flawless performance. Roku support can be obtained at. There is one big exception where Chromecast beats Roku in apps and that's Google's media ecosystem. We love hearing feedback from you.