Originally Posted by rads03
what's a better streaming device? is amazon cube more stable? what about m9702?
I've had both a 2019 4K Roku Ultra and a 4K Amazon Fire Stick in my theater since I completed it in the fall of 2019, with the Roku used for everything but Amazon Music HD (since the Roku only has the mp3 version of Amazon Music) - particularly since the only way to even get CD quality from the FireSick is to lock it to PCM stereo output.
About two weeks ago I added an Nvidia Shield (the less-expensive "tube" model since the "Pro" was out of stock and I didn't need the USB input anyway), to get the 2019 Shields' AI Upscaling to 4K, which is excellent, adding "inferred" detail to 1080 and 480 streams. (Riker: "Computer: Enlarge and Enhance.")
Projected 11' 4'" wide by my RS1000, the Shield's AI upscaling is truly impressive. Between the Shield's AI Upscaling, gigabit Ethernet jack, and Puffin web browser (from the Google Play Store), it's largely displaced the Roku. I use the Shield's AI Upscaling to good effect on VUDU, Amazon Prime Video (including CBS All Access and Britbox), Disney + and Netflix.
The only video service I use that I can't get on the Shield is Apple TV+ (for the excellent series For All Mankind
), so the Roku (with its 100 MB Ethernet jack) stays in the system for that - and its wonderful aquarium screen saver.
By the way, the best way to get TuneIn in a theater is to use a phone's TuneIn app to cast to the Shield (oh yeah, it's also a Chromecast receiver), with the phone on wifi. The Roku has the best TuneIn app of my three streamers (the Shield and the Fire Stick have nearly useless versions and the Roku's version, while good, can't get some stations with codecs the Roku doesn't support - like KJAZZ in California - but casting from my android phone sidesteps all of those problems).
Though the phone does get Amazon Music HD, that service only "casts" as mp3s, so I still use the Fire Stick for that.
No one streamer has all
the bases covered.