Compare the Google Chromecast to Apple TV
Main differences between Chromecast and Apple TV
|Google Chromecast||Apple TV|
|I want to stream Netflix to my TV||Yes||Yes|
|I want to use my Android smartphone.||Yes||No|
|I want to use my iPhone||Yes||Yes|
|I want to control the media player without a smartphone||No||Yes|
|I want to use other Apple products via AirPlay||No||Yes|
Pocket-size media player
Thanks to the compact size of the Chromecast (51.9x51.9x13.49mm), you can also use it outside of your home. If you travel a lot, you can easily connect it to the TV in your hotel room, for example.
Small hub beneath your TV
The Apple TV is a full-fledged media player, but is also a lot bigger (98x98x35mm). All you need to do is place it beneath or next to your television. The simple, black design is easily concealed in your TV set up.
Stream via your own device
You can easily connect the Chromecast to the HDMI port of your TV and keep it out of sight. Connect your smartphone, tablet, or laptop to the Chromecast via WiFi and directly stream your favorite series to your TV in Full HD. You can stream as fast as your smartphone and router allow for. An outdated phone and a slow router can lead to longer loading times. The newer your equipment, the less you'll be troubled by this.
Full-fledged media player
Place the Apple TV under or next to your TV and connect it via the HDMI port. Operation is via the remote control, iPod, iPhone or iPad. Thanks to the hard disk, processor and TVOS, the Apple TV is a full-fledged media player. In addition to Wi-Fi, you can also connect an internet cable to prevent load times. Apple TV streams in Full HD and 4K.
When it comes to content, the Google Chromecast and the Apple TV are on equal terms in the Netherlands. All of the popular media services, such as Netflix and HBO GO, are available on both devices. One advantage of the Apple TV is that it comes pre-installed with a large selection of apps and services. You'll have to install these yourself on the Chromecast. In case you also want to play games, you're better off with the Apple TV. The tvOS platform features a large number of games that have been specially developed for use with the Apple Remote. The selection of apps on the Chromecast is still limited, and the apps don't always work with every phone.
The Chromecast is the most budget-friendly solution to stream popular apps such as Netflix to your television. You control it with virtually any smartphone and easily connect it. In addition, the compact size of the Chromecast is ideal for use on holiday. As a demanding user you choose the Apple TV. Gaming, watching movies or a fast workout with instructor, you do it all. You are not dependent on a smartphone and thanks to tvOS you can easily navigate through all your content.