Firestick vs. Roku Stick: Media Streaming Devices

The one of the largest industries today is the entertainment industry. People like to watch TV, favorite shows, playing games, dramas and films and many other paid and unpaid TV channels are high in demand. With the great advancement in electronics and communication media, engineers have come up with a solution of something “portable” that when you are not at home and somewhere else you can access your favorite TV channels and watch live shows.

This made possible by the invention of a “TV Stick”. This stick is “portable TV” like thing. It can plug into your High definition HD TV set and you can instantly access to your preferred programs, shows and channels. In this article we shall discuss two popular TV Sticks. 1- Firestick and 2- Roku TV Stick

Firestick

The Firestick comes with Alexa Voice Remote for streaming media player. You can carry this tiny stick with whole lot of world’s content with you. The package box include Firestick, Alexa Voice Remote (2nd Gen), USB cable and power adapter, HDMI extender, 2 AAA batteries, quick start guide

The Stick:

The stick is equipped with Quad Core ARM 1.3 GHz processor and GPU Mali450 MP4. 8 GB internal storage, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. HDMI port and USB port for power only. Dolby Audio, 5.1 surround sound, 2ch stereo, and HDMI audio pass through up to 7.1

The Remote:

The remote is sleek and simple. The included Alexa Voice Remote can control the Firestick and certain functions (such as power and volume) on a wide range of compatible IR-enabled devices, including TVs, sound bars and A/V receivers.

How the Firestick works

Your Fire Stick plugs into your HDMI TV via HDMI port, connects via Wi-Fi, and comes equipped with a Bluetooth remote. Simply plug your Fire Stick in your HD TV and you will be directed through the setup process and prompted to sign into your Amazon account.

The Fire Stick is a central repository for all your content. Once logged on, you will have access to any music and videos purchased through your Amazon account. In addition, you can view any pictures uploaded to your Amazon Cloud service.

Ease of Accessing your desired TV Channel:

For easier searching, the Firestick offers voice control using Amazon’s Alexa. You can get this capability in two ways. First way is to simply press the black button and speak your choice. Second way you can download the free Fire TV Remote app on your phone. Using your phone’s native voice prompts, you can speak your choice and your phone will relay your choice to the Fire Stick.

Intelligent Learning Device:

The Firestick is an intelligent learning device. It learns or rather uses your preferences to make predictions about what you might like. Using ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction), the Firestick offers you choices of related programming based on your previous watches.

Features:

  1. With Alexa Voice Remote (2nd Gen), use the dedicated power, volume, and mute buttons to control your TV, soundbar and receiver.
  2. Watch favorites from Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, STARZ, SHOWTIME, or CBS All Access, plus stream for free with Pluto TV, IMDb TV, and others.
  3. More storage for apps and games.
  4. Experience tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills, plus browse millions of websites like Facebook and Reddit using Firefox or Silk.
  5. Alexa on Fire TV provides the most comprehensive voice experience of any streaming media player—view live camera feeds, check the weather, dim the lights, and stream music.
  6. Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV episodes, plus ad-free listening to millions of songs with Prime Music.
  7. Watch live TV and sports with subscriptions to Hulu, PlayStation Vue, Sling, and others.
  8. Switch seamlessly between your headphones and sound system—pair compatible Bluetooth headphones with Fire TV to listen to movies, TV shows, and music.

Roku Streaming Stick:

The Roku Streaming Stick is suitable for space saving due to its slim physique. It does away with a box altogether and opt for a slim gadget that plugs directly into your TV’s HDMI port.

How to use Roku Streaming Stick:

Setting up a Roku Streaming Stick is very straightforward. You need to insert the Roku Streaming Stick in an unused HDMI input on the back of your television. Then turn the TV on and set it to the correct HDMI input for the Streaming Stick. Plug one end of the power cord into the small end of the Roku Streaming Stick and the other end into the TV’s HDMI port or the included power adapter, which plugs into a wall.

You will need to insert batteries into the included remote control. Finally, using the remote, follow the on-screen instructions to connect your Streaming Stick to your Wi-Fi network, create a Roku account, and then add the channels you want to watch.

HD Streaming with Roku:

The basic Roku Streaming Stick only supports 1080p video, so if you have a 4K or HDR TV, you won’t be using your television to its full potential with this model. It has Alexa based voice remote. If you wanted a regular HD streaming device and like the idea of searching with your voice, you might want to buy this device.

Sleek Stick:

The Streaming Stick is notable due to its small size — it’s a device that’s about the size of a typical flash drive. But rather than connecting to a PC and containing some gigabytes of memory for portable storage, the Streaming Stick is a complete streaming device that plugs into the HDMI input of a television, effectively turning the TV into a Smart TV.

No More juggling Remote:

Put down your TV remote. With our new voice remote, you can power up and change volume on most televisions, control your player, plus use your voice to find your favorite shows across 1,000+ channels.

Enhanced voice remote. Easy-to-use, intuitive navigation, search across top channels

Features:

  1. Powerful and portable
  2. Voice remote with TV Power and volume
  3. 500, 000 Plus movies and TV episodes. Free mobile app for iOS or android
  4. Easy-to-use remote, intuitive navigation, search across top channels
  5. Refer installation manual before use
  6. Free Roku mobile app for private listening, voice search and more. TV Compatibility- HD TVs – Up to 1080p (1920 x 1080) with up-scaling from 720p. TV must have an HDMI input that supports HDCP 2.2.