• Pat Grady
  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    The deal for three months free Netflix is over. The ability to get Netflix though the device is not.

  • Theodore R. Smith

    You left out a **Very** important detail: Apple iTV requires Apple products to mirror or stream. Google’s Chromecast works in every major operating system, including PCs, Linux, Windows, and Macs and iPhones and androids.

  • Kenny Tse

    Great article! Please add that Roku supports access to Youtube (and several other channels through http://www.plexapp.com/ server on another computer in the same wireless network.

  • https://twitter.com/RizzoMB RizzoMB

    With ChromeCast what content to I get for free, that I wouldn’t get on cable or from Youtube?

  • Greg Knieriemen

    I think this is a little premature – I think we can all assume the ecosystem of content is going to explode around Chromecast now that the SDK for app developers is available.

  • Greg Knieriemen

    Today, anything you can load in Chrome can be streamed to your TV (although it is beta).

  • Tom Labetti

    How about AeroTV? I’m considering Roku+AeroTV to replace FiOS set top boxes on the kids TVs. Chromecast+AeroTV might be a nice match.

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    It’s focused on the major content providers, of which Hulu is important. And Hulu’s track record of supporting Google TV products is dismal. But, maybe we’ll see a change.

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    The focus here isn’t on the mirroring aspect from the desktop, though thanks for noting that. It’s really, though, about what major channels you can receive.

  • http://www.secretsushi.com/ Adam Helweh

    If I remember correctly, you can indeed add Youtube as a content channel on Roku by downloading it.

  • Meaux

    Can’t you watch Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime and HBO Go using Chrome Mirroring?

  • http://zoyx.com Zoyx

    Table is incorrect. You can open up Hulu or Amazon in a browser window, so you can stream these on a chromecast as well. You can also view your local content (stuff on your hard drive) through the browser.

  • Greg Knieriemen

    Just tested… I’m watching Hulu full screen through Chromecast on my TV right now. Any streaming media available through the browser can be played through Chromecast. No app required (but would be better as an app)

  • http://twitter.com/gregcohn Greg Cohn

    Very useful article.

    Last time I checked, the YouTube implementation on AppleTV did not allow access to queued videos for watching later. I’d be interested in that level of detail on the comparison.

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    The table is about what apps/channels are native to each device. Opening a laptop is not native to these types of devices. That’s a great feature, of course, and I touch on it toward the end. But for the person sitting on their couch, looking for a way to get TV to their internet without opening up a laptop, this is what you can and can’t do.

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    yes. the article says this. I’m talking about what can be done via apps.

  • Dave4321

    You forgot you can play anything that you can play in your chrome browser you can play on chromecast.

  • RobOnMV

    I’d ad that with the program “Beamer” for Mac you can drag and drop any movie on your Mac to Beamer, and it’ll appear and play flawlessly on your TV wirelessly through Apple TV.

  • SethMcDonald

    One important note, anything you can watch on your computer (itunes included) can be sent through chromecast. HBO Go, Amazon prime, Hulu plus, all of it can be sent.

  • Steven Hollis

    Maybe for a different article, but I’d love to see some comparisons (subjective if need be) of the interfaces and usability of the devises. Especially when comparing apps that exist on multiple platforms. Which platform has the better Netflix experience, for example.

  • Jeff Baker

    Then the title of the article is a bit confusing.

    “Compared: What You Can Watch On Google Chromecast, Apple TV & Roku” should be more like Here are the official apps that support these products.

  • lakawak

    You know you are a blogger (meaning…worthless) when you leave out the device that by far the MOST people stream through..an Xbox.

  • David

    This article is garbage. I hate crappy sites that are more focused on being “FIRST!!!” rather than being accurate and informative.

  • brwtx

    You keep saying, “The table is about what apps/channels are native to each device”, but that does not give an accurate picture of the capabilities of any of these devices. As has already been mentioned you can add capabilities to Roku using a desktop app, you can view ALL of the content on Chromecast mirroring chrome from the desktop, and I am not an AppleTV user but I suspect there are some tricks you can use to gain access to all or most of that using a nearby Mac as well. Wouldn’t your table be more accurate if you put a * next to the “No” with an explanation below the table?

  • fammtamm

    Looks ike Roku gets my votye. I like it.


  • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

    There’s Airplay available for Windows PC and Android devices too.

    Just Google, for example, AirParrot.
    ( airsquirrels dot com )

  • tricky2000

    This article fails to mention that Apple TV also now has Watch ESPN. Its the only streamer besides the Xbox that has Watch ESPN.

  • James Price

    The chart is inaccurate. Maybe I missed some text, but Chromecast can technically play Hulu, Amazon, and HBO Go. Anything through your browser can be displayed. These services don’t yet have apps for the device, but they are already usable with it.

  • sti3

    Sure, and there are hacks to be able to play local videos on AppleTV… I think the point is comparing out of the box functionality that non-nerds will use.

    FWIW you can stream from iTunes on Windows through Airplay.

  • sti3

    Nice! Via laptop I assume?

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    You missed an entire section covering this just above the chart.

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    Thanks. I thought about adding that, but I figured sports were still pretty specialized. Glad to have it added to the comments.

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    I think it’s both accurate and informative. And your commend isn’t really explaining what it is that you find is incorrect.

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    I’m actually a journalist, which might still be worthless to you. But the Xbox is a completely different class of device from a streaming media device. A great device — I own one, but different.

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    Maybe. But I was focused on what I thought typical people would care about buying these out of the box and not having to mess around with them, including breaking out their laptops.

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    A great idea.

  • storm14k

    This is a little misleading. And I don’t mean to knock you or the article because Google didn’t really explain it this way upfront. Amazon Prime, Hulu and other similar content CAN be viewed with Chromecast. You can go to these sites on a computer, play the content cast the tab to a Chromecast device. If you go full screen in the tab the content shows up like normal full screen video on the TV. In this way essentially any content on the internet is available to Chromecast. Google has basically eliminated the need for individual apps a partnerships to get content on the device.

    Now what the SDK for Chromecast does is allow an app to tell Chromecast where to find the content and stream it directly to the device and TV instead of mirroring. This allows you to continue to use your device for other things along with controlling the content. Mirroring is taken out of the picture. This is like an enhanced experience but you can watch the same content with out it with a desktop or laptop.

  • LarryVandemeer

    By the end of this year, all your NO on your list for the Chromecast will be yes as 1000s of apps will be supporting CC (ChromeCast). CC is better than slice bread. Google will sell BILLIONS of them. I bought 4 of them for every TV in the house and it is awesome to be able to cast a movie to the big screen in the family room and move to the bedroom and cast it to the bedroom TV and continue where I left off. The sync and play list capabilities of Chromecast are unmatched by any of the yesteryear others. Chromecast is a totally revolutionary innovation. It is the future today. The Chromecast ecosystem is going to take off in a huge way. Both in software and devices. Think of your next receiver or TV with Chromecast build it. It is awesome!

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    By the end of the year, there’s an excellent chance that Hulu will still be a “No” given that Hulu has had three years to do a similar app for Google TV and has failed to do this, because of the television networks not liking Google. We’ll see about the others.

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    Google explains this just fine. I totally understand it. I have an entire section about it. If you want to open your laptop. you can stream virtually anything to Chromecast. But my position is that most people buying a streaming media device do this because they do NOT want to open up their laptops.

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    Yes, you can (as the article does say) show anything if you want to open up your laptop. Similarly, you can buy a $6 HDMI cable which is even less than the Chromecast and do the same and more, because you won’t be limited to what you can get out of Chrome.

    That’s the point. Streaming media devices are meant to save you from having to open the laptop. That’s why the focus here is on what you can do without firing up a computer.

  • The Shambolic Skeptic


    For Chromecast, you didn’t include “anything you can see in your browser window” which after all is the point of the thing.

    Tablet or phone open, stumble across something interesting and wish to throw it to the big screen in front of you.

    One tap and the web site / embedded media is streaming away on your TV.


  • Julian Allen

    What about devices like tlbb with the open source xbmc flavours? They offer thousands of apps also. http://www.thelittleblackboxna.com

  • Kandiboyyy

    Hulu is already implementing the SDK

  • storm14k

    No need to get offended. But quite honestly if you were going to watch content from the web in general then you would have to do it from your laptop. There’s no mobile flash and some sites will block the content on mobile devices anyway. So its only a benefit to be able to instead put that same content on the big screen.

    And then that’s not even talking about experience. I often prefer to search for stuff on Netflix on my laptop and then just put it in my queue and watch on Xbox 360. Searching Hulu and Netflix on a set top box can be rather painful. So I often have my laptop around anyway if my phone isn’t. I’m sure I’m not alone.

    Sent via Android

  • Robotech_Master

    I’m confused. By mirroring, could I stream the services that Chromecast doesn’t support (Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc.) to my TV since I can view them in my browser? Your article doesn’t make this clear.

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    There is an entire section that makes this clear. Or so I thought. But I made make it clearer on the chart. The point is, natively, the devices it goes up against don’t cause you to make such efforts.

  • liveTexas

    to Danny Sullivan :
    I’d like to know if the Chromecast can be plugged into Google TV or even Apple TV for immediate enhancement. The next thing I’d like to know is what was included in the first iterations of both Roku and ATV. This is new and I’m liking it but its Potential is what I find most valuable.
    Thanks in advance.

  • liveTexas

    Plex has already announced its support for the Cast platform! Loves me my Plex with GTV !

  • Mopo

    I own an xbox and have tried apple and roku. Both were given away to my sis and parents. Once you have used the xbox, which also has a kinect option, the other ones seem to be cheap knockoffs.
    I will give chromecast a shot too as it seems like a low risk toy I can use in my room.
    I agree about the devices being in different categories, but it should be noted that MS is way ahead of the game.

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    It won’t enhance those devices. They can’t talk to it. It talks directly to your TV. But, you can run it alongside them.

  • Rob LaRosa

    Actually mirroring is a big attraction for me. Many of the Hulu Plus videos are “Web Only” which really ticks me off when using the Roku. With mirroring, this is no longer an issue.

  • Jeff

    Two suggestions for expanding on this chart. One, now that you’ve added Xbox, how about adding PS3? Two, how do they all stack up with supporting Crackle? (I swear I’m not a shill for Sony, honest!)

    Also, I think you are downplaying mirroring functionality a little too much. If the family wants to watch something together, would you rather crowd around a 15-inch laptop screen or zap content to a 52-inch TV? An HDMI cable of any significant length costs more than the Chromecast does (last time I checked, at least).

  • liveTexas

    Thank You.

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    I don’t have a PS3, so hard to test. Maybe. I’m hesitant now about adding the Xbox, also, because apparently if you don’t have Xbox Live Gold, you can’t stream. Maybe on Crackle. It’s nice. I’ve used it.

    The mirroring is definitely great for sending local content to the big screen. But as I said, I don’t think it’s the primary reason why people select these devices.

  • kirtinag

    Apple TV and Roku. Xbox, a vice console, can even double as a streaming media device. Here’s a fast investigate the players:

  • Arkady Zilberman

    Your statement regarding Chromecast that “You can do the same for anything you’re viewing using Google’s Chrome browser, when on your desktop computer.” – it is not true. Chromecast allows to play only three applications YouTube, Netflix and Google Play video. My attempts to open the Google Chrome browser and send it to Chromecast were not successful. If you know how to do it – please share your information in some details.

  • daveman1

    Question: Can Chromecast be directed to go to a URL, or is it limited to mirroring chrome from a pc/mac/phone. Ideally, I’d like to tell it (via my phone) to go to a site, then be able to use my phone for other stuff.

    Is this possible with Chromecast, or something else like it?

  • NigelTark

    You need to install the chromecast addon to the chrome browser. Then it will work.