Companies like Apple and Google are continually upping the ante in the never-ending chase to provide better services in the OTT sphere. The Brid.TV dev team races toward the finish line with fantastic new additions to our HTML5 video player. Apart from the recently introduced AirPlay and Google Cast support, the Brid.TV video player also supports other standards.
We know that the Roku Streaming Stick and the Amazon Fire TV Stick are excellent choices, but Apple and Google have outperformed them to a certain degree. For instance, AirPlay and Google Cast allow you to use your device as a remote control regardless of what’s on the screen. If you wish to continue streaming, you can do so on other apps or devices (such as your tablet or phone). While this feature works a bit better on Chromecast, AirPlay undoubtedly has its benefits.
Our platform now has even more OTT features. With the latest platform update, the Brid.TV player now offers support for both Google Cast or Apple AirPlay tech! That means you can stream video and audio content to a compatible TV or sound system. For detailed instructions on how to include Airplay and Google Cast into your Brid.TV player, head over this way.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s retrace our steps and take a look at what’s out there.
For years, casting has become a trendy technological facet in the everyday use of various household devices. Here’s a list of the most popular devices out there and the benefits they bring. Of course, they each have their downsides as well, so you might want to take your time before choosing.
Known for being affordable yet extremely effective, you can plug Google Chromecast (Google Cast) into the TV HDMI port and… well, that’s it. All you need to do after that is install the app on your mobile device (i.e., your phone) and have it become your remote. Some of the popular apps you’ll have access to through Google Chromecast are Netflix and Hotstar (mind you, Amazon Prime Video is not included).
If you’re looking for a top-notch casting device, you cannot go wrong with Apple. You will receive a dandy and responsive touch-surface remote that’s easy to use. You will have to have an iTunes account to use Apple TV, though (not the best solution, but it works). Like Google Chromecast, you get both Netflix and Hotstar but no Amazon Prime Video with this casting device.
Roku Streaming Stick is yet another exceptional device. Unfortunately, some non-US territories require a VPN for several of its services to work. Meanwhile, you will get both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, but no Hotstar this time. This device comes with a cool Roku-labeled remote, albeit you might need an extension cable (included for free in the United States).
The beauty of this particular device is that it has Alexa’s voice feature incorporated into it. With it, you can just say, “Alexa, show me comedy movies,” and presto — you get the desired content instantly! You can increase your starting 8 GB of storage up to 200 GB, but likely the best part of Amazon Fire TV Stick is that you get Amazon Prime Video! That will give you unlimited access to all Amazon shows and movies, aside from having access to Netflix and Hotstar, which are also included.