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Google Chromecast vs. Apple TV

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In the modern tech era, we have an abundance of digital media devices, but which is the best?

By Tola Onasanya

Kippreport compares two of the major players in the field of digital media streaming, Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast.

In the midst of the blistering summer heat, going outside during the day isn’t much of an option. If you’re at home, and at a loss for what to watch, there are ways of unlocking your TV’s full potential, namely, digital media streaming.

 

Apple TV

Apple TV comes with a main unit, as well as the Apple TV remote control, the power cord and documentation. You need to purchase a HDMI cable separately in order to use the device.

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Google Chromecast

Chromecast comes with the HDMI streaming dongle, an HDMI extender, a power adaptor and a USB power cable.

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Memory
 

Apple TV

Apple TV – 512 MB

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Google Chromecast

Chromecast – 512 MB (RAM DDR3L)

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Apple TV

Apple TV - 23mm x 98mm x 98mm weighing 0.27kg

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Google Chromecast

Chromecast – 12mm x 72mm x 35mm weighing 0.034kg

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Setup
 

Apple TV

Apple TV – The first thing you’ll need to do is have (or purchase) a HDMI cable to connect your Apple TV to your HD capable TV. You’ll also need an iTunes account in order to purchase any content, an iCloud account to view your photos or movies from your iMovies theatre. To stream the media from your Mac or PC it’s necessary to have iTunes version 10.6 or later.

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Google Chromecast

Chromecast – Plug in your Chromecast to your HDMI port on your TV, connect it to the Wifi and you can stream directly on to your TV.

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Content
 

Apple TV

Apple TV – The older of the two, so naturally, it has more supported apps and partners: YouTube, Vevo, Netflix, NBA, MLB, Crunchyroll, Sky News and the iTunes store. One of the major differences between Apple TV and Chromecast, is that you can actually purchase and rent content through your Apple TV, while Chromecast is solely for streaming.

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Google Chromecast

Chromecast – Initially, with Chromecast being the new kid on the block, there was only support from YouTube, Netflix, Plex and BBC iPlayer. However, more content is being added all the time, and now, many of the apps that were exclusively available to Apple TV are on Chromecast, e.g. MLB premium, HBO GO, WatchESPN and Crunchyroll. As of yet there is no function to rent or buy content using Chromecast alone.

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Apple TV

Apple TV – As is always the way with Apple, the aesthetics of the product are beautiful, and the transitions from menu to content are very smooth. However, Kipp has experienced problems with lengthy loading times, for example, when streaming full HD movie trailers, and excessive loading times for videos on certain apps. Even when we waited for a purchased movie to be downloaded, there were still instances of waiting for the film to buffer. Apple TV’s YouTube app is dreadful; much of the content you would find on your phone or laptop is inexplicably absent. If you have a newer Macbook, you will be able to use airplay to mirror what is on your screen onto your TV.

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Google Chromecast

The performance with Chromecast is near flawless. It does exactly what it says on the box, a simple, fast no-nonsense media-streaming device. You can stream from your android phone or tablet, iPhone, iPad, Chrome for Mac and Chrome for Windows. Simply hit the Chromecast button, on the supported app and it will stream onto your TV. When you are using Chrome web browser you can stream directly from the web page onto your TV regardless of the laptop, all you need is Chrome.

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Price
 

Apple TV

Apple TV – AED370 (Souq.com)

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Google Chromecast

Chromecast – AED148 (Souq.com)

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Apple TV

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Google Chromecast

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Almost in a whitewash, Google’s Chromecast has come out triumphant in this battle of digital media streaming devices. Kipp signing off.

 

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