Side by Side Comparison of Roku vs. Apple TV

Quick comparison of Roku and Apple TV

Comparison of Roku and Apple TV devices

Now let's compare Roku streaming devices to Apple TV streaming devices to see how they stack up. In this section, I will compare them across multiple industries, including their overall design, performance, installation, content quality, user interface, smart features, and more.

Roku vs. Apple TV Design


  • Roku device: Most Roku streaming devices are small black boxes on your TV stand. However, the Roku Streaming Stick + is a USB-shaped streaming device that connects directly to the HDMI port and is not visible.

  • Roku remote control: The Roku remotes look pretty old-fashioned and are similar to the bulky remotes that we had for TVs over a decade ago. The buttons are large and stand out in different colors. The remote is also quite thick and big.

  • Roku OS: The Roku operating system has a similar aesthetic sensitivity as the remote control and the Roku devices – functionality over aesthetics. The user interface is simple, with light menus and some displays. The makers obviously haven't given much thought to the design.

Apple TV

  • Apple TV device: Apple TV is a small black box that is next to your TV. It has a glossy plastic surface on the sides and a matte black surface on the top. The Apple TV logo is labeled at the top, with the glossy black letters standing out against the matt black body. Like all Apple TVs, it is extremely elegant and minimalistic.

  • Apple TV remote control: The Apple TV remote control is just as elegant and minimalist as the Apple TV box. It is a small and incredibly slim remote control with only a few important buttons. The bottom half is glossy black, while the top half is a matte black trackpad.

  • Apple TV OS: The Apple TV operating system, tvOS, is just as elegant and attractive as the rest of the Apple ecosystem. It's a sleek, minimalist, and incredibly elegant user interface that's also highly functional. In addition, there are no annoying ads.

Winner (design): Apple TV

When it comes to aesthetics and visual effects, Apple can't beat anything.

Apple TV is one of the most attractive and visually impressive streaming devices on the market. Even the Apple TV remote is nice. While most people try to hide their streaming devices, the Apple TV deserves to be in sight.

The Apple TV operating system is also far more attractive than the Roku operating system. In some cases, however, the inferior design of Roku can also lead to functional advantages – such as the key combinations on the remote control.

However, we will look at functionality when we specifically compare other aspects of Roku and Apple TVs.

Roku vs. Apple TV installation


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Roku has an incredibly simple and straightforward installation and setup process.

You need to connect the Roku device to your TV's HDMI port and an electrical outlet. If your TV's USB port is at least five volts, you can connect the Roku to your TV's USB port.

If not, you will need to use the included wall adapter and USB extension cable to connect it to a wall outlet. Connecting the Roku device to an external outlet results in a smoother interface.

The Roku device also includes an Ethernet port for those who want to connect directly to a router. Roku Ultra also includes a microSD slot that allows you to access content from microSD cards.

After connecting Roku to your TV, you need to connect your TV to the internet and start the installation process. Setting up your Roku account is easy. You need to follow the on-screen instructions, create your Roku account, and select the applications you need.

Apple TV

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Apple TV also has an easy installation process.

The Apple device must be connected to the HDMI connection of your TV and to a separate socket. The Apple TV also has an Ethernet port if you want to increase your internet speed by connecting directly to a router.

After connecting the Apple TV, you can set it up using the remote control. Connect your TV to WiFi and follow the on-screen instructions to configure your Apple TV. You must either create a new account or sign in to your existing Apple account.

Setting up Apple TV is the easiest for iPhone users. If you have an iPhone, you can simply place your phone next to Apple TV. Your iPhone's Apple ID and WiFi information are automatically collected. Therefore, you do not have to configure Apple TV manually. Just tap your iPhone, that's all.

Finally, you can download the apps you want and start watching.

Winner (installation): Apple TV

Both Roku and Apple TV have the same installation process and both are incredibly simple.

Roku may be a little more practical when trying to connect because it can be connected to your TV's USB port while Apple TV requires an external power adapter.

This low level of convenience is surpassed by Apple's insane interactivity with other Apple devices. If you're an iPhone user, all you have to do is tap on Apple TV to transfer all of your account and WiFi details, making the installation process a lot easier.

Therefore, the installation and setup process for Apple TV is much easier for iPhone users. For everyone else, both devices are equally convenient and simple.

Quality of Roku vs. Apple TV content


  • HD: Roku Express supports HD content up to 1080p. Roku Premiere, Streaming Stick + and Ultra support Ultra HD 4K content. However, you need a 4K compatible TV to access the 4K resolution.

  • HDR: Roku Premiere, Streaming Stick + and Ultra also support HDR. The Roku devices only go up to HDR10 support. You need an HDR compatible TV to access HDR content.

  • Audio: Roku offers Dolby Atmos audio support, but playback depends on the use of Dolby Atmos compatible speakers.

Apple TV

  • HD: Apple TV HD supports HD content up to 1080p. Apple TV 4K supports Ultra HD 4K content. However, you need a 4K compatible TV to access the 4K resolution.

  • HDR: Apple TV 4K offers HDR support, including HEVC Dolby Vision and HDR10. To access, however, you need a Dolby Vision compatible TV, e.g. B. an expanded visual output. Your TV also needs an HDCP connection for 4K content.

  • Audio: All Apple TVs offer Dolby Atmos audio support. However, playback depends on the use of Dolby Atmos compatible speakers.

Apple TV content quality 4k HDR Dolby Vision

Winner (content quality): Apple TV

When it comes to audio output, all Roku and Apple TV devices are equally impressive. All support Dolby Atmos, the gold standard for audio output, and offer 360-degree audio that searches the room for a truly impressive experience.

However, Apple TV is ahead of Roku in HDR playback.

The advanced Roku devices offer maximum HD 4K playback with HDR10 support. However, Apple TV 4K extends to Ultra HD 4K playback with Dolby Vision support.

HDR10 supports a peak brightness of 4,000 nits with a target of 1,000 nits and a color depth of 10 bits. In comparison, Dolby Vision supports a peak brightness of 10,000 nits with a target of 4,000 nits and a color depth of 12 bits.

Therefore, Dolby Vision HDR10 is far superior. The content produced by Dolby Vision is more realistic, rich in contrast and generally looks more breathtaking. The presence of Dolby Vision effectively supports Apple TV in a future-proof way.

It's worth noting that you're currently having a hard time finding Dolby Vision content. To access Dolby Vision content, you need Apple TV 4K, a Dolby Vision-compatible TV, a Dolby Vision-compatible streaming platform, and 4K HDR Dolby Vision content.

At the moment you won't find much content that is suitable for such visual elements. However, once Dolby Vision becomes the norm – which will happen at some point – you no longer need to update your Apple TV 4K.

Roku vs. Apple TV interface (ease of use)


Operating system interface

Roku has a clean and minimalist surface, but is not very attractive. You can change the UI theme, but all the available themes look similarly out of date, as if the UI belonged to an earlier decade.

However, the menus are light, which results in a fairly smooth user experience. Since Roku does not have a subscription-based streaming platform, no specific platform will be broadcast to you. In this way, you can optimize and adapt the menu icons to your liking.

The biggest problem with the Roku interface is the presence of an advertisement in the right corner of the screen. Roku is reportedly making more money from advertising than from device sales. So it makes sense why they have the advertising. However, there is no way to disable advertising and it can distract you a little.

Automatic registration

Roku does not have an automatic account registration function. Therefore, individual streaming platforms are required to keep you signed in. Platforms such as Hulu, Sling, Netflix and many others have their own functions for automatic account connection, with which you are automatically logged in to all apps. However, this only applies to some apps.

Roku feed

The Roku feed is quite customizable depending on your needs. With the Roku feed, you can also follow the desired content – even if ignoring the content can be painful. After following a content, actor, director, or show, you will receive updates as soon as a new entry is made in this category. However, with the Roku feed, you cannot display other episodes of this show in the primary feed, nor can you mark episodes as played.


Roku also has an Up Next list. Unlike the Roku feed, you don’t have to manually add content for the Next section. Instead, new content is automatically updated based on your current display pattern, i.e. H. New episodes of running shows will automatically appear in this list. However, the "Next" list is not very consistent in its results.

Guest mode

With Roku, you cannot create multiple accounts on the same device. If you are in a large household, the other members of your house can mess up your Up Next list.

However, you can use guest mode to give certain people access to the Roku for a certain period of time. All guests access a new Roku window that they can customize without affecting your existing user interface or Roku feed.

Guest mode is ideal for those who operate Airbnb & # 39; s, hotels, hostels and those who frequent guests.

Roku interface

Apple TV

Operating system interface

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Apple TV has the fastest and most powerful interface among all streaming devices because it uses a 64-bit A10X fusion chip, i.e. H. The same chip that Apple uses for the iPad Pro. Therefore, the user interface is incredibly fast and smooth, much more than any other device.

As mentioned earlier, Apple TV's operating system is also incredibly elegant and attractive, with no ads. The buttons are attractive and every part of the user interface works with every other part. Apple TV also has brilliant screensavers that consist of four-minute drone shots of cities and regions around the world. These recordings are so impressive that users often spend several minutes just looking at the screensaver.

At the top of the menu are large banners with Apple TV + content, followed by menu items for your installed apps and content from other platforms. In the tvOS 13 update, Apple was inspired by Netflix's auto-play menus to include the auto-play feature in its banners. If you move the mouse pointer over the banner menu items, the trailer will automatically play. However, users were not satisfied with this feature and there were several complaints. In response, Apple released the tvOS 13.3 update and introduced an option to disable the auto-play feature.


Apple TV also includes an Up Next feature, which includes a queue of the next episodes of all the shows you are currently watching on all streaming platforms. When new episodes come out, they are automatically added to your "Next" list. When you select an episode from the queue, the episode's host streaming platform opens so you can view the content. This way, you can keep track of all tracked content across all streaming platforms.

Single registration

Repeatedly entering emails and passwords can be frustrating. However, Apple TV has a single sign-on feature that stores all of your account's credentials so you can stay signed in to all channels and apps. This means that you never have to log in to a streaming device or platform again.

Multiple accounts

Apple TV also believes that there may be multiple people in the same household watching the same programs in different phases. The presence of multiple users threatens to ruin the "Next" list. However, Apple TV allows you to create multiple accounts for different members of your household to ensure that your recommendations and the "Next" list are not disrupted.

Ecosystem interactivity

Where Apple TV really shines is its interactivity with the rest of the Apple ecosystem. If you know something about Apple, you know how well the devices interact with each other. Apple TV takes this ecosystem integration to a whole new level.

We discussed earlier how this comes into play during setup itself. After connecting the Apple TV, you just need to tap the Apple TV with your iPhone to transfer all your account and WiFi credentials and set up the device effortlessly. Apple TV can also retrieve passwords from all iOS and Apple devices if they are stored in the iCloud keychain.

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Winner (interface): Apple TV

Apple TV clearly has a superior user interface, both in terms of aesthetics and functionality.

Aesthetically speaking, the Apple TV user interface looks modern, elegant and attractive, while the Roku user interface looks dated. The Apple TV menu does not contain advertising, but the Roku user interface always contains an ad that is personalized according to your data.

In terms of performance, the Apple TV operating system is far more powerful than that of Roku because Apple TV has a more powerful processor. This allows you to navigate between your content and features on Apple TV much more smoothly than on Roku. However, most people only realize that Roku is not working smoothly when they use Apple TV.

In terms of functionality, Apple TV offers more and better features than Roku. Both Apple TV and Roku offer functions for Up Next. However, the "Next" section of Apple TV is easier to manage and more consistent. Apple TV also has a one-time sign-in feature, while Roku has no such feature.

Apple TV allows you to create multiple accounts for different members, while Roku cannot create multiple accounts (although you can create a temporary guest account).

If you're an Apple user in general, you'll also benefit from the excellent interactivity of Apple TV with all your other devices. All in all, Apple TV is superior in every way.

Roku vs. Apple TV remote control


Roku offers a rather old-fashioned remote control with chunky and large buttons. The remote controls are functional, but big and ugly.

Initially, the Roku remote controls only had basic buttons such as volume, continue, play / pause, on / off, etc. However, all current Roku remote controls are also linked to your TV and serve as a TV remote control. While you won't be able to access all of the complex functions of your TV, you can do simple things like changing the volume or turning the TV on and off. Therefore, you don't have to work with two separate remote controls.

The Roku remote control also has a microphone button. If you tap and hold the microphone button, you can use voice commands to navigate the Roku interface.

Roku remotes also have some key combinations. These key combinations allow you to perform a complex set of functions with a single key. By default, Roku remote controls have four key combinations for Netflix, Hulu, ESPN + and Sling. However, Roku Ultra also includes two customizable keyboard shortcuts that let you program what you want. With the key combinations you can quickly reach your common goals.

The Roku Ultra remote control also has a remote control finder. We all sometimes lose our remote controls, which can often be quite annoying. However, if you lose the Roku Ultra remote control, you can simply press a button on the Roku device and the remote will beep.

The latest Roku remote controls also have a microphone jack that gives you access to private listening. You can insert headphones into the socket to listen to the contents of your TV privately so that you do not disturb others. Roku Ultra also offers complementary JBL headphones.

Apple TV

Apple TV has an incredibly elegant and minimalist Siri remote control. In contrast to most remote controls, the Apple TV remote control is not made of plastic, but of glass and aluminum. As such, it looks and feels like a premium product.

The Apple TV remote control is extremely minimalistic with just a few buttons. Instead of a directional keyboard, the Siri remote control has a touchpad. As such, you can move your fingers to control the interface. However, there have been complaints that the touchpad is not very interactive and is either moving too fast or not fast enough.

Although the Apple TV remote is incredibly sleek and elegant, this can be a drawback from a functional point of view. The Siri remote is extremely small and won't fill your palm, increasing the likelihood that it will slip out of your grip. Because of this, some companies have started to develop remote enclosures that increase the thickness of the remote.

The Siri remote control is based on Bluetooth instead of the conventional IR sensors. Bluetooth remotes can be a good or a bad thing depending on how you look at them. Since it is a Bluetooth remote control, you can control your TV from another room as long as you are within range. However, you need to charge the remote control about once a month with the included lightning cable.

The Siri remote includes a microphone button that allows you to control Apple TV using voice commands. However, it does not contain any keyboard shortcuts, because in this case aesthetics are more important than functionality. In addition, the Siri remote cannot be paired with your TV and cannot be used to turn your TV on and off.

Apple TV Siri remote control

Winner (remote control): Roku

We know Apple's tendency to prefer aesthetics and consistency over everyone else. This is a great feature in most cases and is usually reconciled with functionality. However, the Apple TV remote is a miss.

Roku may have an ugly remote, but it does everything your remote should do and a few more. Here you can set smart shortcuts, access private listening and perform all other remote control functions. It also serves as a replacement for your TV remote control.

The Apple TV remote is incredibly elegant and attractive, but it doesn't have great features. There are no key combinations and the touchpad does not respond very quickly. Also, you cannot control your TV with your Siri remote.

You may love that the Siri remote has Bluetooth controls rather than IR sensors. But that also means that you have to charge your remote control regularly, which can be painful.

Roku vs. Apple TV smartphone apps & control


The Roku smartphone app is basically a second remote control with more controls and functions. The Roku app connects easily to your device and gives you access to all basic remote functions such as volume, channel surfing, etc. It comes with a trackpad that you can use to scroll through the menus.

The Roku app also has a search tool. If you don't want to use the TV keyboard, you can search for content using the smartphone app on your phone's keyboard. You can also use the Roku app for private listening by connecting your headphones to your phone either via the headphone jack or via Bluetooth.

However, the most useful function of the Roku app is mirroring. With Roku, you can mirror your phone's screen to your TV, including your photo galleries, home videos, etc. Roku's mirroring feature has its limitations, however, as some streaming platforms and apps restrict mirroring.

You can download the Roku app from the Google Play Store or Apple store.

Roku smartphone app remote control

Apple TV

The Apple TV app offers a smartphone version of the user interface of your Apple TV. It offers menus with Apple TV content and allows you to subscribe to other apps and channels. You can also use the search bar to type the name of the content instead of typing it on your TV screen.

That being said, the Apple TV app doesn't have special features like mirroring, keyboard, etc. This is because the Apple TV app is more of a content library than a remote control. In fact, the Apple TV app does not have to be a remote control, since your iPhone already functions as a remote control without an additional app.

Below is an overview of the functions you can perform on your iPhone without an app:

  • Mirror your phone's screen by swiping from below and turning on screen mirroring to automatically transfer your screen to your Apple TV.

  • Access private listening by tapping the Bluetooth icon and pairing your headphones.

  • Use your phone's Siri to access voice commands.

  • If you need to enter a password on Apple TV, a keyboard will appear on your iPhone.

  • You can deactivate the remote control's touchpad and use the directional buttons in the center of your phone.

  • Use the playback controls on your iPhone's lock screen.

  • Control playback on your smartphone.

If you are an iPhone or iPad user, you can turn your smartphone into a remote control. As such, the Apple TV app becomes a content library rather than a necessary control tool. To activate the remote control function, go to Settings> Control Center> Customize controls> Apple TV Remote.

As with most things, only iOS users have the full range of convenience and brilliance from Apple TV. Even the Apple TV app is only available for iOS users.

What are you doing as an Android user?

If you're an Android user, you need to download third-party apps like AllCast to perform certain functions like mirroring, using the phone's keyboard, etc. Basically, Android users have little or no Apple TV integration.

You can download the Apple TV app from the Apple store.

Winner (smartphone control):

Apple TV (iOS users)

Roku (Android user)

If you are an iOS user, you do not need a smartphone app. Your iPhone has all the controls you need. You can use your iPhone to mirror your phone, access the keyboard, control playback, use Siri, and perform various other tasks seamlessly. There is really nothing like it.

However, this is a privilege that is only available to Apple users. If you are an Android user, you have little to no interactivity with your Apple TV on your smartphone. You don't even have access to the Apple TV app's bare bones content library.

If you are an Android user, the Roku smartphone app is definitely the better choice just Choice. The Roku smartphone app doesn't offer nearly the kind of interactivity and usability that the Apple smartphone ecosystem does, but it's still pretty good. You can access all the key remote control functions, voice commands and even screen mirroring.

Roku vs. Apple TV Smart functions

Roku Voice control

With Roku, you can use voice control from various sources – the remote control, the smartphone app or voice assistants. Since Roku is not tied to a specific streaming platform, it is also compatible with Google Home and Amazon Alexa. With voice control, you can search for content with extreme accuracy.

If you use voice control via the smartphone app or the remote control, you must tap the microphone button when speaking. However, if you have an Alexa or Google Home device, you can use voice commands hands-free. All you have to do is say "Alexa" or "Hey Google" to wake up the voice assistant.

Roku Reflect

The Roku smartphone app can be used for mirroring. You can play all videos or photos on your smartphone and the content is mirrored on your TV. This function can also be used for video calls.

However, it should be noted that there may be delays and the overall mirroring experience is not entirely smooth. In addition, multiple platforms and apps do not recommend mirroring, so you may also have restrictions on mirroring.

Roku Private listening

Roku is incredibly practical when it comes to private listening. The advanced remotes come with a headphone jack so you can plug your headphones into the jack to redirect the sound to your headphones. You can also access private listening via your smartphone.

You can also access Bluetooth-based private listening, although this is a bit more complicated. You need to go to your Roku's settings to activate your Bluetooth headphones and redirect the sound from the soundbar to your headphones.

Roku Ultra, the latest Roku device, also comes with complementary JBL headphones for your private listening experience. However, you can also use your own headphones.

Apple TV Voice control

Siri is sharply criticized on the iPhone that deserves it. However, Apple TV's Siri voice control is incredibly intuitive. When you tap the microphone button on the Siri remote, you can ask Apple TV to search for movies, TV shows, genres, apps, actors, and other details.

If you need to address anything at all, Siri can do it for you. In addition, Siri also displays the words you say as you say them so you can change them. In general, however, Siri is pretty accurate with its results and interprets your voice with a reasonable degree of accuracy.

Apple TV is, of course, compatible with HomeKit, which acts as a hub for your home and allows you to control all of your smart devices. You can also access hands-free voice control if your iPhone has a HomePod or the activation of "Hey Siri". All you have to do is say "Hey Siri" and commands like "Hey Siri, skip 20 minutes on TV".

Leider, aber erwartungsgemäß, ist Apple TV mit keinem anderen Smart-Home-Assistenten als Siri und HomeKit kompatibel.

Apple TV Spiegeln

Apple Air ist dank AirPlay in Bezug auf das Spiegeln ziemlich fabelhaft.

Wenn Sie ein iOS-Gerät haben, können Sie einfach auf Ihrem Telefon nach unten wischen und auf die AirPlay-Schaltfläche tippen, um den Bildschirm Ihres Telefons auf Ihren Fernseher zu spiegeln. Die Erfahrung ist absolut nahtlos und ohne Verzögerungen.

Ein Problem tritt auf, wenn es um das Spiegeln von Android-Geräten geht. In diesem Fall müssen Sie Tools von Drittanbietern wie AllCast herunterladen, die bei weitem nicht so effektiv oder reaktionsschnell sind wie AirPlay.

Apple TV Privates Hören

Apple TV ermöglicht auch privates Hören für diejenigen, die über ihre Kopfhörer fernsehen möchten. Apple TV bevorzugt jedoch iPhones gegenüber allen anderen.

Wenn Sie ein iPhone-Benutzer sind, können Sie über den Bildschirm wischen, auf das Bluetooth-Symbol tippen und Ihre drahtlosen Kopfhörer anschließen. Sie können den Inhalt jetzt über Ihre Kopfhörer genießen.

Wenn Sie jedoch kein iPhone haben, müssen Sie Ihre Bluetooth-Kopfhörer über die Einstellungen Ihres Apple TV koppeln, was etwas umständlicher ist.

Apple TV Eingabehilfen

Eine der innovativsten und durchdachtesten Funktionen von Apple ist die Barrierefreiheit. Apple hat kürzlich eine Reihe von Funktionen für Menschen mit Behinderungen veröffentlicht.

Diese Zugänglichkeitsfunktionen verbessern das Seherlebnis für Menschen mit Sehbehinderungen, Hörbehinderungen, körperlichen und motorischen Beeinträchtigungen oder anderen Problemen beim Lernen und Lesen.

Im Folgenden finden Sie eine kurze Übersicht über die Eingabehilfen von Apple TV:

  • Voice-over: Dieser eingebaute Bildschirmleser richtet sich an Sehbehinderte und zeigt Ihnen in 35 Sprachen genau, was auf dem Bildschirm passiert.

  • Zoomen: Diese Funktion erhöht die Schrift- und Symbolgröße.

  • Kontrast erhöhen: Diese Funktion beschreibt den fokussierten Inhalt besser und reduziert die Transparenz, um das Sehen zu erleichtern.

  • Bewegung reduzieren: Diese Funktion reduziert die Bewegung, die beim Wechseln zwischen verschiedenen Symbolen und Bildschirmen auftritt.

  • Untertitel- und SDH-Unterstützung: Diese Funktion richtet sich an Hörgeschädigte und beschreibt alle Dialoge, Aktivitäten, Musik und andere Soundeffekte auf dem Bildschirm.

  • Audio-Beschreibungen: Apple TV-Inhalte enthalten Audiobeschreibungen, die alle Szenen in Filmen beschreiben, sodass Sie sie auch dann visualisieren können, wenn Sie sie nicht sehen können.

  • Siri Diktat: Mit Siri können Sie den Text diktieren, anstatt ihn zu schreiben.

  • Schaltersteuerung: Diese Funktion richtet sich an Personen mit körperlichen und motorischen Beeinträchtigungen und ermöglicht das Navigieren durch Menüs und das Ausführen von Aktionen ohne Fernbedienung.

Gewinner (Smart Features): Apple TV

Wenn Sie ein iPhone- oder iOS-Benutzer sind, sind die intelligenten Funktionen von Apple TV weitaus besser als die von Roku (oder einem anderen Streaming-Gerät). Mit Apple TV können Sie mit Ihrem iPhone nahtlos auf privates Hören, Sprachsteuerung und Spiegeln zugreifen, ohne dass Anwendungen von Drittanbietern erforderlich sind.

Dieselben Funktionen sind jedoch bei Nicht-Apple-Benutzern viel besser als bei Roku. Wenn Sie beispielsweise ein Android-Benutzer sind, benötigen Sie Anwendungen von Drittanbietern, um auf die Spiegelung zuzugreifen, und Sie müssen über die Einstellungen von Apple TV auf privates Hören zugreifen. Daher sind Roku und Apple TV in den meisten Funktionen für Android-Benutzer ähnlich.

Sie müssen auch einen massiven Unterschied bei den Sprachassistenten berücksichtigen. Apple TV funktioniert mit Siri, HomeKit, HomePod und anderen Apple-Geräten. Roku funktioniert nur mit Google Home und Amazon Alexa – nicht mit Siri oder HomePod. Daher möchten Sie möglicherweise das Streaming-Gerät mit Ihren vorhandenen Sprachassistenten kompatibel machen.

Neben der Interaktivität von Apple TV mit anderen iOS-Geräten gibt es eine wichtige Funktion, die Roku übertrifft: die Barrierefreiheit.

Apple TV zeichnet sich durch seine Eingabehilfen aus, die alle darauf abzielen, die Benutzererfahrung für Menschen mit verschiedenen Behinderungen zu verbessern, sei es visuell, hörend, motorisch, physisch oder literarisch. Wenn Sie eine solche Beeinträchtigung haben oder jemanden kennen, der dies tut, bieten die Eingabehilfen von Apple TV eine Benutzererfahrung wie keine andere.

Roku vs. Apple TV Apps & Kanäle

Roku Streaming-Apps

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Roku’s library of streaming apps includes all the most popular apps, such as Disney+, Hulu, Netflix, Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Spotify, Pandora, Sling TV, Google Play TV, PlayStation Vue, etc. You can manually search for apps and download them to your Roku box. Predictably, Roku doesn’t have support for iTunes or Apple Music.

Roku Cable TV Apps

Roku also allows you to subscribe to cable channels such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, Demand 5, Showtime, HGTV, Comedy Central, HISTORY, DisneyNOW, Discover GO, Cartoon Network, HBO GO, ESPN, NBC, ABC, etc.

Roku 4K Content Apps

Roku has a special section for 4K content from streaming platforms like Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube, CuriosityStream, Smithsonian Earth, Vudu, Apple TV, FandangoNOW, etc.

Roku Games

Roku isn’t a very sophisticated gaming system, but it lets you play simple video games like Escape, Jeopardy, Checkers, etc.

The Roku Channel

The Roku Channel is perhaps Roku’s most impressive and unique content feature. The Roku Channel is a free ad-based streaming platform with a massive library of movies and TV shows suitable for adults and kids. You don’t have to pay for this subscription because this channel is supported by ad revenue. As such, if you don’t want to subscribe to expensive streaming platforms, this is the ideal channel for you.

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Apple TV- Streaming Apps

Apple TV has a built-in app store from which you can download apps for streaming platforms like Prime Video, Vudu, Hulu, Netflix, Showtime, HBO, Disney+, Sling TV, AT&T TV, and YouTube TV.

Spotify is perhaps the biggest omission from Apple TV’s list of apps. However, you can play Spotify on your phone and conveniently AirPlay it to your TV. We assume Spotify has been neglected because Apple wants to push Apple Music, which is built into the Apple TV interface.

Apple TV – Cable TV Apps

Apple also offers a streaming library with subscriptions to several live TV channels and cable TV channels, such as Bloomberg, ABC, KORTV, Crackle, PBS, Vevo, HBO GO, etc. You can also go to the Apple TV’s “TV Provider” setting to sign up with your pay-TV or cable providers.

However, the most convenient means of accessing cable TV streaming services is through Apple TV Channels. Apple TV has released a series of cable TV channels available through Apple TV. If you subscribe to them, they’re available within your Apple TV’s primary interface, and you don’t have to go to separate apps.

The channels available through Apple TV include Acorn TV, BritBox, CBS All Access, Eros Now, HBO, PBS Living, Showtime, Starz, Sundance Now, and many more.

Apple TV – 4K Content Apps

Apple TV has a library of 4K HDR content from streaming platforms like Netflix, Prime Video, Epix, Vudu, FandangoNOW, and Apple TV+.

Apple TV – Games

Apple TV doesn’t have any gaming apps. However, thanks to AirPlay, you can play any game you want on your iPhone and cast it to your TV.

Apple TV – Free Channels

When you purchase an Apple TV device, you get a free one-year subscription to Apple TV+, Apple’s native streaming platform. However, after the first year, you have to pay to continue the subscription and the regular fee Apple TV+ is $50/year.

You also have to pay to rent or buy movies within the Apple TV ecosystem. If you want free content, you’ll have to find streaming services that provide free content and download them. However, Apple TV doesn’t have a built-in service to offer or promote free content.

apple tv channels and apps

Winner (Apps & Channels): Roku

Roku offers a better library of content for three reasons — range, accessibility, and clarity.

Roku is said to have one of the latest streaming app libraries on the market, offering over 1,700 apps and channels. Compared to that, Apple TV has a smaller and more selective library. However, both have all the popular and essential apps. Roku also has some video games, even though they’re fairly basic.

Roku is also a lot more accessible to most people. You don’t have to subscribe to a streaming service to enjoy the content. As long as you’re willing to tolerate ads, you can access The Roku Channel for a pretty great library of free content. Apple TV has no such free content.

The Roku content ecosystem is also pretty straightforward. It doesn’t have any native streaming apps or platforms, so you can download all the streaming apps you want. You can then access content from any of those apps from the Roku device.

Apple TV, in comparison, is a lot more confusing. Apple TV is the device you attach to your TV. Within that, Apple TV+ is one of the many subscription services available, though you get it for free for a year. Apple TV also has affiliations with several cable TV channels that you can subscribe to through Apple TV However, you can also subscribe to them individually and add them to your Apple TV. It’s all a little confusing.

The only aspect in which Apple TV trumps over Roku is in its access to Apple Music — something that’s only available in Apple TV and not in Roku.

Overall, in terms of content, Roku beats Apple TV in most aspects.

Roku vs. Apple TV Support


Roku provides an impressive repository of information on how to use Roku, troubleshoot common issues, and other account-related issues.

If you can’t find the answer you need, you can easily access live chat.

Apple TV

Apple TV has a pretty clear and impressive support system.

It also has a knowledge base with detailed instructions on account-related issues, installation, troubleshooting, etc.

You can also sign up for the AppleCare Protection Plan to have access to premium Apple services whenever you need them.

You can also join the Apple Support Community to post questions and have them answered by other users.

Finally, you can also get immediate live support. You have to answer a few questions, based on which you get live support.

Winner (Support): Apple TV

Apple TV offers an incredibly comprehensive and straightforward support system. You can make appointments for live support, join a community, or go through the online knowledge base. Furthermore, there’s no parallel to the premium AppleCare Protection Plan for those willing to pay for expedited service.

Roku vs. Apple TV Cost


Apple TV

  • Apple TV HD: $149

  • Apple TV 4K 32GB: $179

  • Apple TV 4K 64GB: $199

Winner (Cost): Roku

If you go through the numbers listed above, you’ll see that it’s obvious. The entry-level Apple TV device is twice the cost of the most advanced Roku device, one that comes with complementary JBL headphones.

But then again, Apple is known for its premium cost. No one buys Apple products because they’re cheap. Compared to that, Roku is one of the world’s most budget-friendly streaming device.

So yeah, Roku is clearly far cheaper than Apple TV.

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