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App showdown: Roku vs. Chromecast vs. Apple TV vs. Fire TV vs. Nexus Player

Jared Newman | April 6, 2015
App selection is one of the biggest factors in choosing a streaming media player for your TV. Here's how the major players compare.

Nexus Player looks pretty awful, app-wise. Why include it?
Partly because it has full Chromecast functionality, so it's worth considering if you want a more powerful device with a proper remote control to fall back on. And partly because it's the only device with an app for the Food Network. Having said that, the underlying Android TV platform is still young and immature, and there's better hardware on the way.

Anything else I should know about?
Check out our reviews of Apple TV, Fire TV (and Stick), Roku 3 (and Streaming Stick), Chromecast and Nexus Player for more on each device's software and hardware. And be aware that Fire TV just got a major update.

You said [Device X] doesn't have [App Y], but now it does! What the heck?
I will try to keep this chart up to date, but I'm only human and could still miss things or get fired as time goes on. If you see something that's not right, drop a comment or holler at me on Twitter.

 

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