questionschromecast or roku stick???

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I have both, haven't used either yet, but it looks as if the Roku has more possibilities and it seems to have won most of the other popularity contests here.

Search for "roku" and maybe start with this one: http://deals.woot.com/questions/details/e7cd9e0f-eedd-4387-9f45-52e1ead2ea3a/would-a-roku-box-or-a-chromecast-be-better-for-a-new-student-heading-off-to-colle#17

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@magic cave: Does the roku stick have the same features as the roku box? The roku box is way better than chromecast but I've never used the roku stick. I do have a chromecast and it's nice to add to a mounted TV to avoid the cords and box clutter. It's also great to travel with

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@nmchapma: The Roku 3 is pretty small, too. But I fear for the heat generated in something as small as the Roku stick. For reliability I'd still be after the Roku 3. I'd imagine that the stick is a fairly slow experience by comparison.

The Chromecast is useless by itself, isn't it? You have to have a phone (wasting battery) or computer to send content to it. Whereas all the Roku varieties have a (some bluetooth) remote.

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@omnichad: We have a chromecast in the bedroom where the TV is mounted and we don't want to mount a box or anything to the wall. The chrome cast does need a phone or tablet for a remote. I'm very fond of the tab casting feature from the chrome web browser. The chrome cast has it's niche I guess. Everything else we watch comes through the entertainment room where we have cable boxes, xboxes, playstations and other media streaming and sounds devices.

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@nmchapma: It definitely has a place, but the Roku doesn't need to be mounted - it could be taped or strapped to the back of the TV easily because of its light weight. The Roku 3 is even smaller than it looks in the pictures. And it looks small in the pictures.

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@omnichad: would velcro be strong enough to hold it up? You've got me interested to try it out.

@functioningwino: you've really been working hard i see.

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@nmchapma: If you're thinking Velcro, I would actually go with something a bit stronger:
http://www.amazon.com/Command-Large-Picture-Hanging-Strips-4-Strip/dp/B00404YKZI/ref=pd_bxgy_hi_img_y

The 3M Command Picture Hanging strips work like velcro, meaning you can remove the Roku as needed but the adhesive that puts the strip on both the Roku and the TV is super strong. If you've ever used a 3M Command strip, they're easy to take off when you need to and they leave no residue behind.

Wow...I sound like I work for 3M. I don't, but I've lived in apartments for the last 9 years and have never needed to put a nail in a wall.

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@omnichad: You need a phone or computer to select what to send to the chromecast -- but once you send it, the chromecast streams it from the internet directly (not from your phone) so you aren't wasting battery. The phone/tablet/computer is basically a remote.

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@trkennedy3: For most, but not all sources, I think. Roku has the same feature on their Android/iOS remote. You can do a universal search from the app and it will tell you which services have the video you want to watch. Then you can send it to the Roku to play. I also discovered the Youtube app on Android also has direct support for sending to Roku's Youtube app. Don't know about iOS.

The point is, if you are mostly working within your Netflix (or other service) queue or watch list when at the TV, you don't have to use your phone's screen at all to select content. The included remote is bluetooth and works without line of sight. No need to wake up the remote like you would with the phone. And you can pause a show almost immediately when needed - those are big selling points for me.

Chromecast doesn't even have an on-screen UI.

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@nmchapma: Sorry to be so late.... I didn't realize Roku has a stick, so my earlier answer (what there was of it) isn't pertinent.

Regarding fastening the Roku to a wall: my Roku is about 3"x3"x1". Hefting it and then weighing my Logitech MX mouse on a postal scale tells me the Roku weighs about 2-3oz. ("Hefting" is a technical term, you realize.)

We have the Roku sitting on a bookshelf near the TV. 3M makes a great industrial-strength Velcro that would probably hold the Roku quite well, but I'd agree with @omnichad that you'd probably be safer with a Command strip, especially when it comes time to move or remove it.

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I don't have a Roku, so I can't speak to its abilities & content. I do have 2 Chromecasts, one hooked up to my big TV in my living room and one on my smaller TV in my bedroom (newer TV). I will say that I really like the Chromecasts. Google recently released the official SDK for the Chromecasts, so a lot of apps have been adding Chromecast support.

My small TV is wall mounted with only a co-ax cable & power cable hanging from it (nothing to hide the cables with). I have the Chromecast power plugged into the USB port, so there isn't any additional cords hanging around. Nice and clean!

As far as use goes, I use mine almost daily. If my kids wake up early and my wife is still sleeping, I will queue up one of my playlists on YouTube of my kids favorite shows on my phone and get them playing on the Chromecast. The playlist will keep playing even after I leave with my phone. My small TV doesn't have a bluray player on it, so we use the VUDU or Flixter app to cast our movies.

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Most of the time, I find a movie or show on my phone and get it going on one of the Chromecasts. I will then switch over to something else on my phone or just go about with what I'm doing.

The best thing, though is that I don't have to be there in front of the TV to get something going. If one of my kids wants to watch a show or movie, I can open the app, tap the chromecast button, select the movie or show, and start it playing. The TV will turn on, switch to my HDMI port, and then start playing the show without me being in the room.

For example, I'm working in the yard and my kids want to watch Peppa Pig while they wait for me to finish. They come in the yard, I get Peppa Pig going right there (don't have to kick off my dirty shoes going in the house and then put them back on afterwards). Very convenient!

BTW, it doesn't tie up my device while the show is going, unless I'm casting a tab from Chrome on my computer.

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If you don't mind google keeping track of everything you watch then go for Chromecast, otherwise Roku is better option.