Tuesday, June 21, 2016

PlayStation Vue now on Roku

The Sony streaming service PlayStation Vue has expanded to include Roku among its supported platforms. The most-used streamer was absent from Sony's launch of PlayStation Vue. Previously, the only top streaming devices that supported PlayStation Vue were Amazon's Fire TV (and Fire TV Stick) and Google's Chromecast. Sony's PlayStation Blog made the announcement:
We are happy to share that PlayStation Vue is expanding to Roku devices today, with support for Android smartphones and tablets launching next week. Since we’ve launched PlayStation Vue nationwide, we have heard from many of you that Roku and Android are the top devices you wanted us to add, so we’re pleased to make this a reality.

PlayStation Vue will be available on Roku Streaming Stick, Roku Streaming players, and Roku TV. If you already have an account, just download PlayStation Vue on your Roku device and start streaming.

For more about PlayStation Vue and how it compares to other streaming services, check out our Streaming Services page.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Goodbye, Nexus Player

Google Nexus Player
On May 24, 2016, The Verge reported that Google has confirmed the discontinuation of the Nexus Player.
The hockey puck-shaped device, manufactured by Asus, has been unavailable from major third-party retailers like Best Buy for months. And after a brief Google Store restock in early April (probably to get rid of the last units), Google has now pulled the Nexus Player's store listing entirely.
The Nexus Player was the set-top box to the Chromecast stick. Google is now going all-in on the Chromecast technology.
(E)lectronics manufacturers like Vizio have chosen Google Cast (the underlying platform that makes Chromecast work) instead of Android TV. It's a decision that gives their products a more simplistic interface while retaining the ability to stream content from popular apps. Android TV is a much fuller offering — not unlike a Roku — with built-in apps, voice search, and even access to the Google Play Store for more software options.
We have updated the Website to remove information about the Nexus Player.

A lot of people used the Nexus Player, but so many more use the Chromecast. The different technologies involved between the two devices hurt, I'm sure. In the long run, this may be the best decision for Google. Of course, Google thinks so, or the company wouldn't have made the decision.

If you have a Nexus Player, continue to enjoy it. There's no reason to make a change. If you were thinking about getting one, we're suggesting that you don't. You may find some discontinued at a good price, but investing in current devices is often a better decision.