Originally Posted by SDoutdoorsman
I am looking for a streaming device for my home theater, I would like to be able to stream 4k and prefer to have a ethernet plug to hard wire the internet. Any recommendations on best device?
First, let me say, going with ethernet is definitely the right choice. WIFI is never better; especially for streaming Live TV. The ONLY reason WIFI is even available, is for convenience, NOT for performance. It's the only reason it was even designed. Ethernet is always better. So for that; excellent choice and vision.
Next; narrow it down to the apple 4k tv and the roku ultra. It seems like "most" of the issues I've seen with ALL of the streaming services, Amazon Fire, of any type, seems to have more issues than any other streaming device. Having said that, both the apple tv 4k and roku ultra have their pros and cons. The two biggest advantages of the apple 4k tv is 1) if you are into apple/iphone/itunes at all, the apple tv 4k is perfect for bringing together all of your movies and music. It even coexists with movies anywhere perfectly. It has plenty of apps for just about anything you want. It is the most stable of the streamers in my opinion. 2) For those who are SERIOUS about movies/video, apple tv 4k does Dolby Vision. While HDR is great, Dolby Vision is BETTER. It's the next step up. Now, if someday, Roku comes out with a streamer that does Dolby Vision, I might reconsider. But, because I'm big into itunes and such, it will always be my first choice.
Roku on the other hand, is the industry leader. Just about every app made, is made for Roku. Roku also allows basically open source, to allow anyone to write an app for it. There are LITERALLY MORE THAN 8,000 apps for Roku. Anything you can think of, is written for Roku. The ultra is powerful, fast, and stable.
Apple tv 4K; Price: $175 for the apple 4k tv. That is a bit higher than all others. Another con; but not a deal breaker, is it doesn't have the 8,000+ apps. But it definitely has a BOAT LOAD. So for most people, it's not an issue. Only for those really wanting to find obscure private channels; then the Roku is better.
Roku Ultra: While it has a fast processor, the ethernet port is only 10/100. The Apple tv 4k is a TRUE 1GB port. Also, Roku developers, when coordinating apps, doesn't spend a lot of time on convenience. For instance; if you have Hulu TV, when you go to the guide, which could have 100+ channels, you have to press the up or down button on and off to go up or down the channels one at a time. With the apple, you can hold the up or down button and the guide will fast forward and scroll super fast. Also; Apple updates their firmware on a much more regular basis. And their firmware is much more stable. Basically, the apple tv, iphones, ipad, etc. use the same firmware base. Roku has very specific firmware and it's simply not as good.
Conclusion: If you're not into Itunes; and don't already do Iphone or Ipads, and you are content with HDR and aren't too interested in Dolby Vision; then by all means skip the apple tv 4k and go with the Roku Ultra. On sale, it runs around $89. That's about $90 LESS than the apple. But, if you want the highest end video, such as Dolby Vision; if you're into itunes or other apple products at all; if you want the fastest ethernet port and fastest processor; then definitely go with the Apple tv 4k.
FWIW: I own BOTH. And also 2 other Roku's. i have 4 tv's so I use them all over. BUT, for my MAIN Home Theater TV, where I watch SERIOUS MOVIES on netflix, prime, hbo, dvd/itunes, etc. The apple tv 4k is the best. Especially with Dolby Vision. The Roku's, I mainly use on tv's to "WATCH TV"; such as Hulu Live tv, Philo, and similar.