Streaming Media Apps Comparison

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Streaming Media Apps Comparison

Confused and unsure which streaming media will work for you?  Check out this handy caparison chart to help you decide!

The Chart: Major apps compared

  Roku Apple TV Amazon Fire TV Google Chromecast Google Nexus Player
Netflix Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
Amazon Instant Yes AirPlay Yes TabCast TabCast
YouTube Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
Hulu Plus Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
HBO Go Yes Yes Yes* Cast Cast
Showtime Anytime Yes Yes Yes Cast Cast
Vudu Yes AirPlay No Cast Cast
Flixster Yes Yes Yes Cast Cast
Crackle Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
PBS Yes Yes Yes TabCast TabCast
PBS Kids Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
FXNow Yes Yes No No No
Disney Channels Yes Yes Yes TabCast TabCast
Time Warner Cable TV Yes No No No No
SlingPlayer Yes AirPlay No Cast Cast
Sky News Yes Yes Yes No No
Starz Play No No No Cast Cast
Bloomberg TV No Yes Yes Cast Yes
Watch ESPN Yes Yes Yes Cast Cast
MLB.TV Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
NFL Now Yes Yes Yes Cast Cast
NBA Game Time Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
Pandora Yes AirPlay Yes Cast Yes
Spotify Yes AirPlay Yes TabCast TabCast
Rdio Yes AirPlay No Cast Cast
Beats Music No Yes No No No
Rhapsody No AirPlay No Cast Cast
Vevo Yes Yes Yes Cast Cast
 “Radio” & iTunes radio Roku Apple TV Amazon Fire TV Google Chromecast Google Nexus Player
TuneIn Yes AirPlay Yes TabCast TabCast
iHeartRadio Yes AirPlay Yes Cast Cast
Amazon Music Yes AirPlay Yes No No
iTunes content No Yes No No No
Google Music No No No Cast Yes
Google Play Movies and TV Yes No No Cast Yes
Plex Yes AirPlay Yes Cast Yes

 

*HBO Go is available now on the Fire TV box, but not coming to the stick until Spring 2015.

Other chart Notes: Apps were selected based on editorial discretion. All of these devices support additional apps beyond those listed here. “Yes” means the device supports the app natively; “AirPlay,” “Cast” and “TabCast” mean the device supports the app using that mirroring function instead of natively; “No” means the device does not currently have the app or did not fully support it via mirroring in our tests. The list applies only to the U.S. market; app selection varies in other countries worldwide. App selection is current as of December 19, 2014.

 


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