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Home > New Gear > Xiaomi Mi Box vs. Chromecast vs. Fire TV Stick vs. Apple TV: what apps and services are supported?
Xiaomi Mi Box vs. Chromecast vs. Fire TV Stick vs. Apple TV: what apps and services are supported?

Xiaomi Mi Box vs. Chromecast vs. Fire TV Stick vs. Apple TV: what apps and services are supported?

By  Linky Johnson 2019-06-18 17629 0

Chromecast, My Box TV, Fire TV Stick or Apple TV, which of these devices is compatible with more services and streaming platforms? With so many powerful alternatives in the market, in the end this ends up being one of the key questions when it comes to choosing one of them.

Let's start first with a table in which we will look at which of the main video streaming services is compatible with each of the devices. Then we will do the same thing but with the music streaming services, to finally check which is the device with more compatible platforms.


Supported video streaming services

Of all the video streaming services, the only one that has an application compatible with all devices is Netflix. The rest of the platforms always have one of these four devices with which it is not compatible, and a special mention must be made of the war that Amazon and Google seem to have, denying each other the compatibility of their devices with their respective online services.


We start with the Google dongle. Chromecast is compatible with Netflix, HBO, YouTube, Rakuten TV, Sky and Filmin. Movistar+ becomes one of the main absentees, accompanied by an Amazon Prime Video that is not in Chromecast either. At the beginning of the year Amazon launched an application for Android TV of its streaming service, but its compatibilities are minimal and cannot be used in most devices.


This has direct repercussions on the Xiaomi Mi Box TV, which also has no official way of reproducing the contents of the online store service. The other platforms are compatible, although in the case of Rakuten TV, HBO and Sky we find that there are no native applications, so you have to delegate the Chromecast mode of the device.


Apple TV has no problems with Amazon, and in addition to Amazon Prime Video is also compatible with Netflix, HBO, YouTube and Filmin. The only ones that fall off Apple's list are Movistar+, Rakuten TV and Sky.


And then there's the Amazon Fire TV Stick. The Amazon dongle is compatible with Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Movistar+ and Rakuten TV. At the moment, the applications it doesn't have are Sky and Filmin, or YouTube. However, there is always the possibility of using the web browser to see them, although the experience is far from the same as when there is a native app.


In short, what we can see in this comparison is that the device that is compatible with most major video services on the market is the Xiaomi Mi Box TV. Above all thanks to a key, and is that in addition to using the Android TV operating system, is also compatible with the technology of Chromecast. This allows you to replace the absences of the operating system with the option to send content from the mobile.


 

XIAOMI MI BOX TV

CHROMECAST

APPLE TV

AMAZON FIRE TV STICK

NETFLIX

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

HBO

No, only with Chromecast function

Yes

Yes

No

AMAZON PRIME VIDEO

No

No

Yes

Yes

YOUTUBE

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

MOVISTAR+

Yes

No

No

Yes

RAKUTEN TV

No, only with Chromecast function

Yes

No

Yes

SKY

No, only with Chromecast function

Yes

No

No

FILMIN

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

PRICE

59.89 euros

39 euros

159 euros

59.99 euros


Supported music streaming services

As far as music streaming services are concerned, we have compared the main alternatives in the market, and we have also added iVoox to the list in order to cover the field of podcasts with one of its main references.


In this area, El Chromecast is compatible with Spotify, Tidal, iVoox, YouTube Music and Deezer. Unlike video platforms, Amazon Music Unlimited does support Google's device, but only its Android applications. Apple Music has an official application for Android, but it does not allow content to be sent to Chromecast.


Exactly in the same situation is the Xiaomi device. My Box TV is compatible with Spotify, Tidal, and Deezer. YouTube Music doesn't have a dedicated app, although you can listen to the songs on YouTube, and although iVoox and Amazon Music Unlimited don't have an app either, it can be used with the Chromecast feature. The services that cannot be used in this case are Apple Music again.


Apple TV is compatible with Apple Music and Tidal, and although it has no native YouTube Music app you can listen to the music with the YouTube app. Apple does not want to give Apple Music competition a chance, so Spotify is not compatible with your TV device, just as there are no applications for Amazon Music Unlimited, iVoox or Deezer.


As for the Amazon dongle, the Fire TV Stick is compatible with Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music Unlimited, and Deezer. iVoox podcasts are left out without a native application, and neither Apple Music nor YouTube Music. In the case of the Google service, just as it doesn't have a YouTube app, we are all left without being able to listen to its music.

 

 

XIAOMI MI BOX TV

CHROMECAST

APPLE TV

FIRE TV STICK

SPOTIFY

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

APPLE MUSIC

No

No

Yes

No

TIDAL

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

AMAZON MUSIC UNLIMITED

No, only with Chromecast function

Yes

No

Yes

IVOOX

No, only with Chromecast function

Yes

No

No

YOUTUBE MUSIC

There is no dedicated app,

but you can go to YouTube

Yes

There is no dedicated app,

but you can go to YouTube

No

DEEZER

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

PRICE

59,89 euros

39 euros

159 euros

59,99 euros

 

The Xiaomi Mi Box TV imposes itself on others

Our comparison today has brought us two winners, the Chromecast and the Xiaomi Mi Box TV. But of the two, and taking into account the services we have compared, the Xiaomi device is the one that has the most compatibilities, thanks mainly to the fact that it combines Android TV applications with the possibility of sending Chromecast content.

 

And then we have the Amazon TV Stick and Apple TV with a technical tie. Apple's device is more solid and with more compatibilities in the video services section, although it loses whole with absences as resounding as that of Spotify in terms of music services. The opposite happens with the Amazon Fire TV Stick, whose main absences are in the video category.

 

About the Amazon TV Stick we also draw a very clear conclusion, and is that it would gain quite a few whole if it reached some kind of agreement with Google to be able to use YouTube applications, which along with HBO and Apple Music are their most resounding absentees.

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