Who isn't fed up with paying for cable TV? I subscribe to Time Warner. 1000 channels of crap for $160 a month. Of course that includes internet and phone. So, I'm looking for a way to buy only the programming that I want, and to be able to use my TV as, essentially, a projection screen for internet video.
I tried out Chromecast over the past few days. It is very easy to install and to set up. I had the whole thing running in 30 minutes. Then, an unanticipated problem asserted itself.
Chromecast provides very limited programming. All of these streaming video appliances work on the app model. If you want Netflix, there's an app for that. Same for YouTube. Chromecast offers very few apps. So, it is an adjunct to cable TV, not a replacement.
I want specific types of programming. Netflix covers movies, badly. They don't update their catalog often, so their offerings are outdated. Sports programming, specifically Fighting Illini and Cubs games, are big issues. I have a limited interest in NBA and NFL games. Nature documentaries are good. And, that's really all the programming I want. Chromecast's apps don't come close to covering this.
So, the really important issue in streaming video is not the tech appliance... it's the availability of programming. Here, Roku is the winner. It offers a voluminous catalog of over 1,500 apps. Conspiculously missing, however, is an app for the Big Ten Network and the NFL. So, none of these appliances are going to stream Fighting Illini football and basketball