Apple TV Vs Roku 3 Toe-to-Toe in Digital Streaming Category
Apple TV has the edge in gaming because of poker App.
The Apple TV and the Roku 3 are two of the most competitive digital media receivers around. Both gadgets can make it easier for people to access several US streaming video service like Netflix through their television sets. The only difference between the Apple TV and the Roku 3 is that they have exclusive channels and access to several providers. The Apple product allows users to watch shows on HuluPlus, HBO Go, ESPN, YouTube, and the iTunes store.
Though Roku 3 can’t provide all of these platforms, particularly the last three Apple TV can access, it has 150,000 movies and TV series that are instantly available for the public. The Roku 3 also makes a great device for sports streaming as all the sports shows are shown in high-definition. The sports selection includes MLB.TV, NHL GameCenter, NBA League Pass Broadband, MLS LIVE, and UFC. It can be said that the two media receivers will cross out each other when it comes video streaming services, but despite the Mexican standoff between the two, the Apple TV has an ace up its sleeve that might sink the Roku 3: Apple’s very own poker app.
When Apple TV and Splitmo launched Poker Night TV, critics quickly praised the Apple gadget and called it as the future of video gaming. Poker Night TV is totally different from the games offered on Facebook or the games played on boxed consoles like Wii, Xbox, and Playstation. Instead of using only one display screen, usually the PC monitor, TV, or the mobile device itself, Poker Night TV uses two: namely, the TV screen and another Apple product.
Poker Night TV is a multi-player dual screen application that utilizes both the users’ iOS device and the Apple TV. Players’ iPhones or iPads can be used to check their cards, make their bids, and evaluate their stats. Meanwhile, the Apple TV serves as the main screen where players can see shared information such as common cards and pot amount. This kind of technology works through the use of AirPlay, Apple’s proprietary protocol stack that allows wireless streaming of digital files as well as related metadata. By using two screens for a certain game, players will feel like they are actually playing at PartyPoker’s Canadian Spring Tournament or World Series of Poker. With the AirPlay technology, people get to maximize the use of their Apple TVs and iOS devices.
In the review of the game, prominent tech website TechCrunch said that Poker Night TV made Apple as the brand to watch out in the gaming console industry because it “increases the interoperability between its mobile devices and other platforms including the Apple TV and OS X.” Furthermore, Apple announced that more games are expected to become available on Apple TV by next year. These games include titles such as action-adventure games, first-person shooters, and sports video games.