In the OTT sphere companies like Apple and Google are continually upping the ante in the never-ending chase to provide better services. The BridTV dev team races across the finish line with great new additions to the HTML5 video player. Apart from AirPlay and Google Cast support, the BridTV video player also supports other standards.
Sure both the Roku Streaming Stick and the Amazon Fire TV Stick are awesome 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 to 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 certainly has its benefits.
Our platform now has even more OTT features. With the latest platform update, the BridTV player now offers support for both Google Cast or Apple AirPlay tech. This 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 BridTV player, head over this way.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s retrace our steps and have a look at what’s out there.
For years, casting has become a very popular technological facet in everyday use of a variety of 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 you make your choice.
Known for being affordable yet extremely effective, Google Chromecast (Google Cast) can be plugged into the TV HDMI part and… well, that’s basically it. All you need to do after that is install the app, your mobile device (i.e. your phone) is now your remote. If you’re interested in apps, there are Netflix, Hotstar (mind you, Amazon Prime Video is not included). Learn more about the device.
If you’re looking for a top-notch casting device, you absolutely cannot go wrong with Apple. You get a dandy touch-surface remote that’s responsive and easy-to-use. In order to use Apple TV you are required to have an iTunes account (not exactly the best solution, but it works). Similarly to Google Chromecast, you get both Netflix and Hotstar, but no Amazon Prime Video.
Essentially, this is another extremely good device. Still, certain non-US territories require VPN in order for several available services to work. Meanwhile, you will get both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video (unlike Apple TV and Chromecast you won’t have Hotstar). You also get a cool Roku-labeled remote, albeit you might need an extension cable (comes free in the United States).
The beauty of this particular device is that it has Alexa’s voice remote feature incorporated into it “Alexa, show me comedy movies” and presto you get the desired content instantly. Your 8 GB of available storage can go up to 200 GB. Best of all, you get Amazon Prime Video (which goes without saying since it’s Amazon’s product), with unlimited access to all Amazon shows and movies and Netflix and Hotstar are included as well.