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Old 12-18-2023, 08:52 AM
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I like Apple TV!
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Old 12-18-2023, 10:41 AM
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Kind of a Ford vs. Chevy thing.

When comparing apples to apples (I know..) - Both pretty much have an overlap of 90%. It just comes down to if that 10% is something you actually need w/ one or the other. I believe Apple TV may have more support for gaming. But of course, Roku gives you a lot more options in terms of tiers of hardware. There is no $40 Apple TV 'stick'...

At the end of the day - if you have Apple everything, an Apple TV is certainly going to integrate more seamlessly. Of course, it also comes in at a higher price point. So maybe more of a Ford vs. Cadillac thing...
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Old 12-20-2023, 05:24 AM
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I've had both and used both. My preference is the Apple TV - easier to use menus, it's a bit faster navigating and it works with everything else (phones and tablets are Apple. I am not a Mac user for computers). I do like the remote a bit better, but I'm also used to it.

Roku isn't bad at all - I like that they have different tiers of hardware and the stick is a great format. I'm just not the biggest fan of their menus/home screen layouts. I have a Roku stick that we use when traveling!

That said, there is an Apple TV app for the Roku - so you still have access to your media and shows if you so choose.
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Old 12-20-2023, 05:56 AM
Location: Ontario, Canada
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I like ROKU. For those that don't like the remote, you can download a ROKU remote on your smart phone. Much easier to use.
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Old 12-23-2023, 05:01 PM
Location: USA
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Originally Posted by dpow View Post
I'm a TV junkie, but my Directv cable bill is way too high, so I think I'm going to cancel it and get a streaming device. But I'm totally clueless about tech stuff and how to set it up. Apparently the two most popular streaming devices are the Roku stick 4K and the Apple TV 4K. Which one of those is better?
FWIW, I already have an Apple iPhone, so I'm not sure if that makes me more of an Apple TV type of person, rather than Roku, or if that even makes any difference.

The more important question is to which streaming services are you going to subscribe?

This is the real cost of service.

The device cost is minimal and may not even be necessary.

I have a "smart TV" through which I can stream all my subscriptions except for TCM. I use my Roku for streaming TCM.

I subscribe to YouTube TV for my basic programs and I have added Acorn and BritBox for my add-on shows.
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Old 12-24-2023, 03:55 PM
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I have never used Apple TV. I have used Roku and an Amazon Firestick. I have the firestick and prefer it over Roku but they are basically the same thing. Yesterday I downloaded the Roku channel app onto my firestick. With the Firestick you do have to have an Amazon account. Just the plain free one is all that is needed. If you have Amazon Prime you do get more. We recently did a free Prime trial but canceled before we had to start paying for it.
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Old 01-25-2024, 07:32 AM
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Location: Concord, CA
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I recently bought a 24 inch Roku TV at Best Buy for $99. I bought it primarily to use as a monitor (HDMI input) while transcribing old analog VCR tapes to digital mp4 files.

I was surprised that Roku allows me to see quite a few real time TV channels for free. Now I'm thinking about cancelling my Hulu live service. That succor costs way too much.
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