Roku VS AirPlay, Everything You Would Like to Know

Going for a streaming box now takes some research. At least this is what can be seen when users stay in ambiguity while going for streaming box. Two most prominent options being Apple TV where AirPlay has been an invincible king with multifaceted applications and Roku, the end users definitely have a decision to make and not be in a state of dilemma. AirPlay with multiple applications comes inbuilt on iOS devices that enables sharing content on the device with television which in this case is Apple TV. While Roku does the same thing, it does not have that strong a foothold as AirPlay does. But, going into the specifics and technicalities will help you get the deciding factors which is very important before going for any product in the market.

Part 1: Roku app "Play on Roku" VS AirPlay

With elegance and exquisiteness Roku is one of Americas leading digital media set-top boxes among many. With a clear and definite dashboard, Roku enables you arrange and re-arrange your user interface to match your suitability. Aside from this device offering video streaming and video and audio TV channels, various related products such as Roku 3 and 4 offer Ethernet connections for Wi-Fi connectivity. You could also have privacy and convenience while listening via headset plugin.

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1. Impressive power and portability

2. 4 Preeminent models.

3. Vivid picture quality and display.

4. Phenomenal content.

5. 4K, Ultra HD or HD TV viewing and streaming.

6. Intriguing  games.


1. Cheaper Streaming Stick which is just as fast as Roku 3 and offers all of Roku's platform advantages.

2. Difficulty in removing the app-specific buttons on the remote, and also the ad to the right of the home screen.

3. The Roku stick lacks Wi-Fi connectivity.

In contrast to Roku, AirPlay is a protocol that allows data streaming via devices over a Wi-Fi connection. AirPlay works smoothly on all Apple devices. In regard to other devices, Applelicensed the AirPlay protocol stack as a third-party software component technology to manufacturer partners to give them ease of use of their products and compatibility w ith Apple’s devices.

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There are two types of AirPlay devices, that is those that send audio-visual content and those capable of receiving the content and rendering it on displays and speakers.


1. Screen Mirroring.

2. Video and photo streaming alternatives.

3. There is a growing number of applications that support AirPlay.

4. Remote app can access and control computer-based iTunes servers.

5. While streaming content, you can keep using your Apple mobile device for other things.

6. If streaming HD video from a certain source, AirPlay can carry that HD quality to your Apple TV


1. Only one app can use AirPlay at a time.

2. Video sharing is only available to an Apple TV device.

3. You can't use a Time Capsule or networked storage drive as an AirPlay.

4. Using your iOS handheld as a music source has limitations-you can only stream it to one device at a time.

5. To stream to multiple devices, you have to use your computer-based iTunes music collection as the audio source.

6. Only a limited number of products are currently AirPlay-compatible-it’s primarily an Apple-only feature.

Part 2: Top 3 AirpPlay Alternatives for Roku

1. Amazon Fire TV

This is a good and worthwhile AirPlay and streaming device made as digital media play or mini-console by The device comes with many perks suitable for the whole family entertainment arena. The device also allows users to play video games with the included remote, via a mobile app, or with an optional game controller. The Amazon Fire TV was made available for purchase in the US, for US$99 and was launched with a video game called Sev Zero.

Key Features

• Hardware and Design

It’s a tiny squared off device with a sleek shiny exterior. Its rear side is devoted to the critical ports: power, HDMI, optical audio, Ethernet and USB, Amazon added the microSD slot, which can take cards up to 128 GB.

• The Remote

A sleek and elaborate remote controller.

• Alexa

‘Alexa’ the voice search companion comes in handy when relaxing and streaming via this feature as it is like the Windows Cortana. Responsive and with high conversational recognition.

• High Definition and Resolution Streaming and Viewing

Amazon Fire TV now supports 4K Ultra HD for true-to-life picture quality. Watch high-definition 1080p streams on Amazon Video, Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and more, even without a 4K TV.


1. Enjoy over 4,000 channels, apps, and games including access to over 250,000 TV episodes and movies on Netflix, Amazon Video, HBO GO, Hulu, and more

2. 75% more processing power, a dedicated graphics engine, better Wi-Fi support, 2 GB of memory, 8 GB of storage and expandable storage of up to 200 GB

3. With over 1200 games - the most games of any other streaming media player - there is something for the entire family, including Minecraft, Lego Star Wars, and Pac-Man 256

4. Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to Amazon Video, including original programming like Transparent.

5. Voice search that actually works

6. Stunning video. Dolby Audio sound. (Up to 7.1 surround sound)


1. Won’t work with all 4K Ultra HD TVs

2. Heavily favors Prime subscribers

3. Occasionally stutters when jumping between apps.

4. Content is heavily weighted toward Amazon sources.

airplay alternatives for roku-Amazon Fire TV

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Chromecast and Nexus Player

From Google comes a new innovation that lets you stream videos and pictures online, also share or display graphical and audio content via several devices. The main difference between Chromecast and Nexus Player is that Chromecast is a dongle much like the Roku stick which turns your TV to a smart TV, whereas Nexus Player is a digital set-top box connected to your TV and one could stream videos online using it. Moreover, it has enabled Wi-Fi connectivity.

Key Features

• Speedy, game-friendly processor and sparse connections

Connectivity is sparse compared with other boxes: one HDMI (1080p/60), one Micro-USB (version 2.0) and a power jack.

• Dismal native app selection

The number of "native" apps on the Nexus player , ones you can access via the main menu and are cleared to download from the Play store (and actually launch),  currently lags far, far behind.

• TabCasting and Side loading.

TabCasting, another feature from Chromecast that potentially allows the contents of Chrome browser pages to appear on-screen

• Google Play Services

Among the many Google Play Services such as Google Play Movies and TV, Google Musicalong with YouTube on the Android TV interface.


1. Voice search that works

2. Gaming capabilities

3. Slick and user friendly remote.

4. Fast processors

5. Effective TabCasting feature.

6. Compatibility over various android devices.


1. Dismal native app selection

2. Tiny storage space

3. TabCasting is less convenient than true Casting or native apps, and more prone to dropouts, stutter and other deal-breaking failures.

NVidia Shield Android TV

This is NVidia’s own console also known as a digital set-top box built to convey and provide serene and calm home living room experience. It contains several online channels and games to keep the avid gamer captivated.

Key Features

• Game Streaming

GeForce, in addition there is Local Game Streaming (from PC)

• Voice control

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This feature is located on the remote.

• Google casting from other devices

Get and use Android apps from the Android TV version of the Google Play Store.

• Side loading:

Photos, music, videos, and Android apps.

Part 3: Roku 4 VS Apple TV

roku 4 vs apple tv-shield

Roku 4 is the latest version of the Roku digital media players. It comes with much more exquisite perks and configurations. With a slick interface, it gets very easy to use Roku 4.Roku's platform is the best, with the most apps, comprehensive search results arranged by price, and a simple interface that doesn't favor one service over others.

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Key Features of Roku 4

• Gaming Capabilities

Play games using a motion-control remote that features special gaming buttons.

• Powerful app

It’s compatible with iOS and Android devices to enhance the streaming experience.

• Voice Search

• 4K Ultra HD or HD TV

Roku 4 will automatically adapt and deliver the best picture quality your TV can display.


1. It is easy to set up, use, search and find hundreds of programs not available on any cable or network.

2. Clear, brilliant images and sound.

3. Awesome remote, with voice search, gaming, and headphone jack

4. Find 4K content with the search feature as well as the 4K spotlight channel.

5. Storage Expansion, microSD card port.

6. Network-Equipped with magnificent Wi-Fi connectivity.


1. Doesn't support HDR.

2. Software is beginning to feel dated.

3. Doesn't support some of the 4K streaming services offered on that device.

4. Still pushes M-Go.

5. Audible noise and heat.

In contrast to Roku, Apple TV is among many another one of Apple’s great inventions as with this digital media player or the mini-console you gain the ability to stream content from iTunes through Airplay or gain Wi-Fi network connection through this awesome device.

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Key Features of Apple TV

• Latest updates automatically installed

Whenever new features and functions are added, you can have them downloaded automatically.

• Wirelessly stream content from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with AirPlay as well asuse your HDTV as a display for your Mac with AirPlay .

• Sleek user interface.

• Appstore.

• Gaming and comprehensive apps

• Sleek design and high-end hardware.

• Predominant and powerful operating system tv OS.

• High speed performance and a sleek remote to compliment.


1. Siri works well for TV and movies.

2. Really fast.

3. Games are a fun addition.

4. A refreshing interface that is at once both new and familiar.

5. Appstore greatly enhances functionality.

6. Handy remote with mic and headset  plugin.


1. Pricey.

2. No 4k support.

3. Non-apple music options

4. Siri is extremely limited.

5. Have to log in to every app individually.

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So, here are all the differences you would like to know between Roku and Airplay

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