I resurrected this topic not for just for debating whether one platform is better than the other. It became more of one offers more than the other in this Pandemic & civil/financial unrest world. Google and it's Android based products offer more flexibility. Roku is king for it's simplicity.
Though during a time of lockdowns and uncertainty even the most technoklutz amoung us will gravitate toward flexibility for some insurance against being held hostage. Plus additionally not becoming a human bargaining chip. Even with a larger learning curve. Prices for Android TV/Chromecast boxes, sticks, & dongles are dropping down to just the 50 dollar point. "Better" become moot.
Think about it.
"being held hostage"? Isn't that a bit hyperbolic?
To reiterate the obvious, some stuff is available on Roku and *not* officially available on Android TV (Spectrum), while others are the opposite (Peacock). If you really, really, really need Peacock and HBO Max *right now*, go to another platform. Bringing this up over and over again is getting to be a bit silly.
Well I can substitute even more descriptive words to describe not only how I feel I-and many others here-am being treated. I cannot as this a family orientated forum. I will let the suspected offending parties speak for themselves.
We are disappointed Roku is removing its users’ FREE access to NBCUniversal programming - 11 network apps, 12 NBC Owned Station apps, 23 Telemundo Owned Station apps - and continues to block access to the only free premium streaming service available in the market, Peacock. Roku’s unreasonable demands ultimately hurt both their consumers and their consumer equipment partners to whom they’ve promised access to all apps in the marketplace.”-
Now you and others will see why my own hand was forced to choose more Google products. I’ve been doing this for a rather long time. This Chromebook I am typing on right this minute was the solution when Microsoft chose to offer a not so hot Windows 10. It’s still working just fine and provides a real alternative to the Personal Computer Wars. I was able to move way beyond that that particular problem of railroading consumers into another no choice situation. The same goes for the Streaming Wars. I am in the process to moving way beyond that as well. I have not finished but when I do, I see even less use for Roku’s presence in my house. It will go the way my old Microsoft Vista computer went. Don’t ask where.
Final Warning to all involved parties. Stop the childish mudslinging. THAT is what is getting old. I am just verbalizing/writing about it.
Now you and others will see why my own hand was forced to choose more Google products. I’ve been doing this for a rather long time. This Chromebook I am typing on right this minute was the solution when Microsoft chose to offer a not so hot Windows 10.
I had to replace both of my grand-daughter's Chromebooks with Windows computers because they were constantly dropping connection with whatever software their school is using for distance learning. And these were Chromebooks provided by the district. My daughter is a high school teacher, and was using her Mac laptop to teach, and I just had to build her a Windows 10 PC for the same reason. All three of them are working perfectly now using Windows.
I think Windows 10 is the best OS they've released in quite a while. Windows 7 was a huge improvement over XP, and finally brought a 64 bit OS to the majority of users. We won't talk about Vista or Windows 8, however...