Owning both an Apple TV and Roku streaming devices, I wanted to take a moment and compare how many on demand tv entertainment channels are on each of them to see which one offers the best value.
Having access to on demand tv streaming channels is the main focus, the main reason for picking a streaming box. So, it’s important to ensure we have a large selection of content.
For this test I only picked the Roku and Apple TV devices as these both had all the usual channels I require for my daily streaming (the Fire TV stick was missing NowTV for example). So, comparing these two – I wanted to find out which of the two had the most channels available for that extra content.
Video Streaming Channels – Apple TV and Roku
The test for checking how many on demand tv video streaming channels there are was quite simple. I navigated to the particular section in the App Store for Apple TV and TV Category for Roku channel store.
Let me also add the caveat that this was done on 23rd May 2019 – so when you look there maybe even more (or less) channels available. This was also done in the UK – so, again, different countries may have a different list.
Let’s start with the Apple TV box. In the entertainment section of the app store for the Apple TV there were 68 channel apps.
That’s 68 channels that are streaming some sort of video content.
Roku Streaming Stick
Let’s now move onto the Roku device.
The Roku Film & TV category of its channel store has 909 channel apps available.
Concluding Channel Difference
So, in conclusion, that is 909/68 – which is approximately a ratio 13:1 – So the Roku has 13 on demand tv channels to every 1 on the Apple TV.
So, if you are looking for more video streaming content – you will fine more content on the Roku than Apple TV
The next bit of entertainment I wanted to look at was the gaming apps. Now, these devices are not consoles. They are not designed to purely play games – but you may like to play the odd game or two on them for that extra entertainment.
So, in regards to games – which as the most content?
Navigating to the games section in the Apple TV app store I found that it has 86 games available to download and play. These, in most cases, are quite high-quality games – with the odd exception of course.
Roku Streaming Stick
Navigating to the games section in the Roku channel store I found it has 237 games available to install.
Concluding Games Difference
Like the video channels, the Roku device has more games with a 237/86 ratio. That’s approximately 2.75/1 – so nearly, but not quite, 3 games on the Roku per every 1 game on Apple TV.
I have to add that many of the games on the Apple TV are of a higher quality graphics than the Roku – but that the Roku has some of my older loved games available. I find myself playing the games on the Roku more.
Which Is Best – The Conclusion
So, which is best?
If you had to just pick 1 of these devices then I would have to say the Roku. The reason is down to the content available.
The Roku has more video streaming content. The Roku has more games content.
That’s not to say that Apple TV is not worth buying. It’s a fantastic TV box, and where the new Roku devices have moved away from a network cable connection, the Apple TV still has that (at least the 4K version I have) which means it can be a more reliable connection (if my WiFi is anything to go by).
The Roku is also much cheaper than the Apple TV (I think mine worked out nearly 4 times cheaper) which is another consideration.
If you were to purchase either of these devices you would have enough content to watch and play to keep you entertained for years. It’s just that the Roku has more of a selection to choose from.