Compare Streaming TV Devices

Streaming TV Devices

 
APPLE TV 3 The older model, still available from Apple.
Apple TV 3
APPLE TV 4 The newer model, which features downloadable apps.
Apple TV 4

Google
Chromecast

Telstra TV

Fetch TV Gen 2

Fetch TV
Mighty

Fetch TV Mini
Price$109$269 (32GB)
$349 (64GB)
$59$109 (requires Telstra service)Fetch Box is included in eligible broadband plansRetail customers: Buy the Fetch box for $399 RRP and pay a $1 one-off activation fee. ISP customers: The Fetch box is incl in eligible broadband plans.Retail customers: Buy the Fetch box for $149 RRP and pay a $1 one-off activation fee. ISP customers: The Fetch box is incl in eligible broadband or mobile plans.
yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
yesyesyesyesyesyesyes

ABC iView
yes
(via AirPlay)
HQ VIDEO ABC iView on Apple TV 4 offers a unique High Quality picture mode.yes
(HQ video)
yesyesyesyesyes
yes
(via AirPlay)
yesnoyesyesyesyes

9Now
yes
(via AirPlay)
yesnoyesyesyesyes

TenPlay
yesyesnoyesyesyesyes
yes
(via AirPlay)
yesnoyesyesyesyes
Movie Rentalyesyesyes
(Google Play)
yesyesyesyes
Movie Purchaseyesyesyes
(Google Play)
yesyesyesyes
TV Show Purchaseyesyesyes
(Google Play)
yesyesyesyes
Network Video Playbacknoyesyesyesyesyesyes
USB Video Playbacknonononoyesyesyes
Gamesnoyesnonononono

Freeview TV Tuner
nonononoyesyesno

Freeview Recording
nonononoyesyesno
Resolution1080p1080p1080p1080p1080p4k1080p
Network ConnectivityWi-Fi, EthernetWi-Fi, EthernetWi-FiWi-Fi, EthernetEthernetWi-Fi, EthernetWi-Fi, Ethernet
Video OutHDMIHDMIHDMIHDMIHDMI, CompositeHDMI, CompositeHDMI
Audio OutHDMI, OpticalHDMIHDMIHDMIHDMI, OpticalHDMI, OpticalHDMI, Optical

What These Features Mean to You

SVOD is the tech name for “Streaming Video on Demand”. Netflix, Stan, Presto, Foxtel Play and Quickflix are providers offering streaming services. While Netflix and Stan are everywhere, Presto still has a way to go with device app support. YouTube support is a must for many people as well, as you can play your purchased Google Play movies via it.
All five of the Free to Air TV networks have apps that allow you to watch previously aired episodes from their respective channels. You can easily download these to your Smart TV, through your streaming device, Android or Apple devices, but not all of them are on every device. For the 3rd-generation Apple TV you’ll need an iPhone or iPad to AirPlay most of the apps to your screen. The newer Apple TV offers apps, including ABC iView with a special high-quality picture mode. When it comes to Google’s devices, anything supporting the Chromecast will also work on the Nexus Player thanks to its Google Cast support.
These services allow you to buy or rent movies, as well as buy TV shows, but you’ll need an account with the service supported by the device and either a credit card or pre-paid store credit. Once bought, you can stream them whenever you like; rentals usually give you 30 days to start playing, then 48 hours to finishing watching once you start.
This allows you to play your own video files either streamed from your home network, or on a USB drive plugged into the device.
Some devices can download games to play on your TV screen; it’s a nice bonus to have for when you’re in the mood!
Devices with a Freeview TV tuner can receive broadcast free-to-air TV channels, and some of these devices can also record shows from them to watch later.
The amount of detail you can see on screen – what we call “full HD” is 1080p, while the next generation of TVs also support 4k, which offers double the picture detail. Currently the only streaming service supporting 4k is Netflix.
Some devices support only Wi-Fi, while some offer Ethernet – a wired method of connecting to your home network that is far more reliable for streaming video.
You’ll need a TV with an HDMI input if you want to use most of these devices; for audio, some offer an option of connecting an optical digital cable to your amp for surround sound.
Google’s name for their method of sending an app’s video to a device; many apps call it Chromecast.

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Streaming Devices FAQs

No, there is no monthly fee for Apple TV. You just pay the one time purchase price for the Apple box. However, it’s important to note that you may need to purchase apps for the programs you want to watch and you need to pay a monthly subscription to popular streaming services if your goal is to stream shows and movies. An example of one of these apps requiring a monthly fee is Netflix.
Yes, Google Chromecast was designed with portability in mind. You can bring it with you when you travel, but keep in mind that you will need Wi-Fi access to set up and use Chromecast.
Yes, your Telstra TV comes with a dedicated remote control so you can pause, fast forward and rewind using the Play/Pause, Forward and Rewind buttons. The remote control needs two AAA batteries. However, a universal remote will also work with your Telstra TV.
No. Unfortunately, Fetch TV’s partner ISPs do not currently offer the ability to have more than one Fetch TV box per broadband account. The reason is related to available broadband bandwidth in most homes. However, you can use the Fetch TV app to watch selected content on your phone or tablet, giving you extra screens at home. Moreover, you can also purchase multiple Fetch TV boxes for your home, but you have to make sure you have adequate bandwidth on your broadband service to stream two or more boxes simultaneously.

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