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Fire Stick TV vs Fire Stick vs Chromecast

Novakingwai 2,141 263 April 20, 2016 at 12:33 PM
I want to get a streamer. I have a smart TV, but it's starting to annoy me because half the files I try to play wirelessly it won't recognize the file type and it can't mirror my phone.

I mostly want to use this to stream my screen from my phone, or stream movies that are downloaded on my phone. I don't pay for Amazon Prime so that's not important to me. I heard the Amazon Fire TV has games. I had the Roku at one time, and it had like 5 games. So I'm not falling for that again. Games on the TV isn't that important to me because have so many game systems anyway. But it would be cool if I could download Monopoly with a device, I hear the Fire TV can play Amazon apps.

I would also like to use Kodi

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What kind of phone do you have?

None of the options you mentioned that I know of does the streaming movies from your phone to your TV and work well. Chromecast has screen mirroring in android but it's not designed for full motion video like a movie.

A Chromecast would be option if you used Plex as you can control it, use plex on your phone then cast that way but in that scenario and I assume with Kodi as well you actually are using a computer on your local network as a "Server" where the video is and it does the transcoding work and streams to your device.
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What kind of phone do you have?

None of the options you mentioned that I know of does the streaming movies from your phone to your TV and work well. Chromecast has screen mirroring in android but it's not designed for full motion video like a movie.

A Chromecast would be option if you used Plex as you can control it, use plex on your phone then cast that way but in that scenario and I assume with Kodi as well you actually are using a computer on your local network as a "Server" where the video is and it does the transcoding work and streams to your device.
I have a Nexus 6

How would streaming Plex be any different than streaming a movie from the phone?
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I have a Nexus 6

How would streaming Plex be any different than streaming a movie from the phone?
Plex is a DLNA server that does on the fly transcoding. TV's and DVD players are designed to work with DLNA
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Plex is a DLNA server that does on the fly transcoding. TV's and DVD players are designed to work with DLNA
To add to that the PC that plex or Kodi run on does the heavy lifting on the transcoding part. The TV box part is just a "dumb" client.

OP could also probably buy cables and directly connect his phone to the TV and then the Phone is doing the work there. I guess the big question is why is the content on OP's phone. I understand if you have an app and your streaming legal content from a service like Hulu, or netflix. If thats the case then use the app directly on your streaming box of choice.

If the content was original say a Rip of a DVD you own, that lives on the OP's PC and then was transfered to the phone, the easiest thing is to leave the phone out of this and just use your PC with plex or kodi and then use the streamer box as a client.

I think OP is making this harder than it needs to be.
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There is AllCast, which casts directly from a phone to a Chromecast, but I've never found the need to use it, so I couldn't tell you how good it is.
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OP could also probably buy cables and directly connect his phone to the TV and then the Phone is doing the work there. I guess the big question is why is the content on OP's phone. I understand if you have an app and your streaming legal content from a service like Hulu, or netflix. If thats the case then use the app directly on your streaming box of choice.
Because I want it wireless, in case i have to pause the video or change the play back I dont want to get up. Also, I find it easier to download files to my phone and stream that way. I find too many issues streaming from the devices themselves. Sometimes the internet just craps out and it takes way too long to buffer. So I download what I need on my phone since I have it with me at all times, then I just mirror to something wireless.

My Samsung smart TV had no issues ever. My Roommates LG tv (and the LG TV at work) Have so many issues playing content from my phone.
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Because I want it wireless, in case i have to pause the video or change the play back I dont want to get up. Also, I find it easier to download files to my phone and stream that way. I find too many issues streaming from the devices themselves. Sometimes the internet just craps out and it takes way too long to buffer. So I download what I need on my phone since I have it with me at all times, then I just mirror to something wireless.

My Samsung smart TV had no issues ever. My Roommates LG tv (and the LG TV at work) Have so many issues playing content from my phone.
Well thats probably Mirrorcast which is totally different than what your talking about.
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Well thats probably Mirrorcast which is totally different than what your talking about.
Do none of those devices support that?
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You can get Android TV box. Connect it to the TV. Install the remote app on both TV box and your phone.
Now you can use your phone to control the TV box.
You should get the box that has at least 2GB RAM.
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As much of a Roku fanboy (and developer) i am - you are right, Roku has ~100 games total and only a few of them are any good.

Both FireTV (box) and FireTV Stick support games and have more games than Roku (it's easier, since there is very little to do to port them from general Android). Both support Miracast screen mirroring ( for your phone same assembly may be required, see http://forum.xda-developers.com/n...y-t2989544 )

Also both support BT gamepads in addition to the BT remote. I would recommend FTV Stick because of size and price - but the standalone box FTV has more games, so weight that. Either one would be better for you than Roku. And Chromecast... will do you jack squat
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. Both support Miracast screen mirroring ( for your phone same assembly may be required, see http://forum.xda-developers.com/n...y-t2989544 )
I have a rooted device with a custom ROM. I MIrracast to my Samsung TV currently with no issues, so I assume it's already built into my ROM?
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Thanks for the input everyone. I've decided on the Fire TV. I think the faster processor will be better in the long run.
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