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Google Chromecast vs. Roku LT

Posted by on July 24, 2013
I'm less than impressed with it.
$35 Chromecast
Netflix, 
YouTube, 
Play Videos/Music, 
Surfing with Chrome Browser.

$49 Roku LT
Abacus.fm
3ABN (9 channel multiplex)
ACC Digital Network
Air 1
Allrecipes.com
Amateurlogic
Amazing Facts
Amazon Cloud Player†
Amazon Instant Video (U.S.only)
Ameba (U.S. and Canada only)
American Primetime TV
AMGTV
Angie's List
Animoto
BabyFirstTV
Beyond Today TV
Bigstar.tv
Blastro
blinkx
blip.tv
Blockbuster on Demand†
blubrry
Break.com
BYUtv
CatholicTV
CBN TV
CBSSports.com
CDNTwo
ChannelLive.TV
Classical TV[39]
CNBC Real-Time
CNET TV
Comic Vine
Cowboy Classics
Crackle
Crunchyroll
Dailymotion
Daystar Television Network
Democracy Now!
DishWorld
Disney.com[35]
Dream TV
Drive-In Classics
Epix ♦
Euronews
EWTN (6 channel multiplex)
EZTakes
Fandango
Fandor[40]
FirstRun.tv
Flickr
FlickStream.tv
Flix Universe
FlixFling (U.S. and Canada)
Flixsie
Flixster
Fox Business
Fox News Channel
Free Speech TV
Giant Bomb
Gospel Broadcasting Network
Havoc Television
HBO Go ♦
HisChannel
HooplaKidz
Hope Channel (5 channel multiplex)
HSN
HuffPost Live
Hulu Plus (U.S. only)
ifood.tv
iHeartRadio†
IndieFlix[41]
inmoo.com
INSP (thru Sky Angel)
Jewelry Television
Jewish Life Television
Jupiter Broadcasting
KLAS-TV News
K-LOVE Radio
Kung Fu Theater
Liberty Bell Radio
Life+Health Network
Liquidation Channel
Live365
Major League Soccer
MHz Networks
Midwest Cage Championship (MCC)
MLB.TV
Mobile Tribe
MOG
Moonlight Movies
Mormon Channel
Movie Vault
Moviefone
MP3tunes
MusiClouds[36]
MyMedia
MyTV (Arabic)
NASA TV
NBA League Pass
NBC News
Netflix (U.S. and UK only)
Newgrounds
Newsmax TV
NHL Gamecenter Live
NRA Life of Duty
NTDTV
Omniverse TV
Pandora Radio
PBS Kids†
PBS†
PEBN
Pets.TV
Picasa
Plex
Popcornflix
PopSugar
Positive Peak Radio & TV
Proud Television
Pub-D-Hub Classics
QVC
RaceFansTV
Radio Paradise
Radio Time
Rdio (U.S. and Canada only)
Revision3
Roku Newscaster
Roku Search†
Roxwel
Rustavi 2
Rutgers Channel
Sail TV
Screened
SEC Digital Network
ShopNBC
SHOUTcast Radio
Skitter TV
Sky Angel
Sky News
Slacker
Smithsonian Channel
SnagFilms
Spacevidcast
SpiritClips from Hallmark [42]
Sportskool (Multiple channels)
Spotify†
Streamin' Garage
StuffWeLike
Sunimi
Syfy (clips only)
Tagesschau (Germany)
TBN (8 channel multiplex)
techpodcasts.com
TED Talks
Tested
The Autism Channel
The Highway Girl
TheBlazeTV
TMZ (clips only)
TomorrowsWorld[37]
TWC TV†♦
TWiT Netcast Network
UFC
United States Hockey League
Vevo†
Vimeo
Vudu†
Wall Street Journal Live
Warner Archive Instant†
Wealth TV
Weather Underground
Weather4Us
Weiss Money Network
Wieder.TV (German)
WISC News
WTHR News[38]

No contest

6 Responses to Google Chromecast vs. Roku LT

  1. Ian Roberts

    Good point.

  2. Matt Phillips

    I may not have a full understanding of Chromecast's capabilities just yet, but aren't there apps for most of the things you listed and isn't it supposed to be able to stream those things as though it were a second screen for your devices?

  3. Kamal Tailor

    Just released yesterday. Half of those don't work in Australia even if I had a Roku LT. =(

  4. Brittany Constable

    The second screen thing is in beta, but I figure that's all you need.  Anything that I can do in a browser, I can do (or will shortly be able to do) on the Chromecast.  That renders specific apps entirely unnecessary.

  5. Josh Berman

    Ive had a rokus and have been impressed with cost vs. gain

  6. Amy Osborne

    I love my Roku.