Everyone’s heard of the famous Apple TV with its features of iTunes movies and TV shows, Hulu Plus, Netflix, music and more. With a one-time fee of $99, the Apple TV gives you all of this in a 3.9in x 3.9in box.
But, Apple now has competition in this area. Chromecast recently made its debut in July when it arrived in stores with some of the same features Apple TV has to offer. But, Chromecast sells at the much lower price of $35.
So, what is the difference between the two? Why is one so expensive while the other is less than half the price? Here are some of the comparisons.
One of the biggest differences between the Apple TV and Chromecast is where your content is coming from. The Apple TV takes your files from various Apple devices to display content from your iOS accounts. On the contrary, Chromecast streams content through a cloud and supports Windows, Mac OS, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Chrome OS.
The Apple TV and Chromecast both supply an HDMI port, but the Apple TV requires you to use your own HDMI cable cord.
Both devices support various applications, such as YouTube, Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Pandora. However, Chromecast does not support Spotify and HBO. The Apple TV also supports personal content while Chromecast does not.
The Apple TV supports a few browsers while the Chromecast only supports Chrome.
So, which is better? It depends on what you want and need. While Apple TV has more applications to choose from, it only supports iOS products. However, Chromecast only allows YouTube and Netflix, but also supports iOS products and more. The decision is up to you.