Originally Posted by rekbones
No the ATV is a standalone streamer just like the others. FireTV, Roku and Shield make up the others in the top 4 streamers. I don't believe you need to be sighed up for Apple TV to use it just like you don't need to have Amazon Prime for the FireTV.
I wasn't wondering about the tie between the Apple TV Plus service and the Apple TV device. What I was wondering was, how to select any content from any provider to stream onto the Apple TV device if I don't have an iOS device or Mac to select it, absent Android apps that can stream onto the Apple TV. Are there any ?
For example with Netflix, I can use the Netflix Android app on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Android phone, and after I have found the content using the virtual keyboard, I can then select to stream it onto the Chromecast Ultra or Firestick 4K. Same with the Amazon Prime Video app on Android - it shows both streamers. Are you saying that if I had an Apple TV device, it would also show up in both of these Android apps ?
Looks like the Vudu Android app is different - it only lets me cast onto the Chromecast Ultra, but doesn't see the Amazon Firestick 4K. I have to use the Amazon RF remote and the Vudu app on the Firestick to select content, though that would be inconvenient (more on this below). But since Vudu already works with full 4K HDR and Atmos on the Chromecast Ultra, there is no reason to use the Firestick.
I see that the Apple TV does come with an the RF remote control, but it would be challenging to do content searches with only that. Apple's remote might support Siri for voice input also. I tried that yesterday for the first time with the Firestick . Seems Alexa just can't deal with my French accent. Much worse than Google assistant, which is already comically useless for selecting classical music pieces in Google Play Music when driving. I don't have much hope that Siri would fare better :-(
Anyway, this is diverging significantly from the topic of this particular forum which is for HTPC; and the thread which is about GPUs for HTPC. I plan on keeping the HTPC. I even have 2 HTPCs in the house. One is in the home theater with the 4K projector. The other HTPC in the master bedroom upstairs with an HDTV. It's using an Intel iGPU. I also have 3 other PCs in my home office also on a KVM; one server with iGPU, and two other with nVidia GPUs. I have been building my own PCs for almost 3 decades. The cost of GPU upgrades adds up, especially if more than one machine gets upgraded. I do video encoding with one of the desktops, and might upgrade the GTX 960 4GB that it has eventually. I would much rather buy 4 or 5 $60 - $80 previous-generation GPUs as upgrades (if, say a used GTX 1050 Ti/1060 could actually be had for that price) than 1 or 2 brand new current generation GPUs that cost $150 - $250 a piece like the GTX 1650/1660.