Roku Vs SkystreamX Android TV Box



Roku Vs SkystreamX Android TV Box


Roku is a brand that's well known all over the world as a great streaming device. Roku has made a huge name for itself in the streaming media player market. Roku has also kept its core business model very much the same over the years. They sell a streaming media player that lets you access and watch most all of the big name streaming subscription services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video and Sling TV. 

Roku also has a growing list of user generated channels that many people utilize. While most aren't the typical HBO and Showtime type channels which have the latest TV Shows and Movies, there is still a vast amount of video content that you wouldn't normally be able to find with only a cable TV subscription.


While Roku does have many features and options for streaming video content, it also lacks many options that Android TV Boxes have to offer. 







Skystream is one of the major leaders in the Android TV Box market and has been in business for almost 4 years. SkystreamX recently released a Hybrid Android TV Box called the X5. The X5 combines all of the streaming capabilities of the Android operating system with a ATSC Coax TV tuner for Live TV with an HD antenna. Below we will cover the capabilities of both units.

Major Subscription Based Streaming Services
Both the Roku and the Skystream X5 can stream using subscription based streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and Sling TV. While Roku has them in their built in app store, with a Skystream X5 you can download them directly from the built in Google Play store. In this category both streamers can do the same thing.

Custom User Generated Channels
User generated channels are definitely a Roku thing. Skystream does not have any custom user generated channels. Although many of these same channels are also broadcast on websites so many of them could theoretically be watched using the Skystreams built in web browser which gives you access to Internet streaming TV channels. Something which Roku does not have. If you are a huge fan of these user generated channels, then Roku would be a better choice for you. Especially if you would like to build your own Roku channel.

Operating System and Apps
Both the Roku and Skystream at the core of their operating systems run on Linux. But that is the only similarity between them. Roku runs on a custom version of Linux that they develop in house. The Skystream X5 runs on the Android operating system which at its core runs on Linux and is developed by Google.
Roku does have apps, but not in the traditional sense. Roku has apps from major streaming services that are available to install as well as custom and private Roku channels that you can add and watch.
Since Skystream units run on the Android operating system they benefit from having access to the Google Play store which has over 900,000 apps available to download. This allows users to use many different kinds of apps like Social Media, Web browsing, Games and streaming apps like Kodi.

Live TV
As we mentioned earlier, the X5 is a Hybrid Android TV Box. Skystream added an ATSC Tuner to allow users to connect an HD antenna to the device and watch local over the air channels. Antennapoint.com is a great website to see which channels are being broadcast near your house. Skystream also included an app called the Digital TV app which allows you to watch and record the channels that the antenna receives. So it's kind of like a DVR, for local channels.
Unfortunately Roku has never included any kind of TV tuner on any of their streaming devices. So live TV for major networks is not really an option.

In Conclusion
Roku is a tried and true strictly streaming media player. It does exactly what it says it does. It streams Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video and many other subscription based services. It also has user generated channels that can be installed. So if you just want to stream Netflix it's a great product.

The Skystream is a more versatile streaming media player that benefits from the apps in the Google Play store, preloaded apps like Kodi and a built in TV tuner. For people who want more options and are willing to learn new ways to stream, the Skystream X5 is a great choice. 

Why limit yourself to just one streamer? Your TV has extra HDMI ports, get another Android TV based streamer and take full advantage of both media streaming platforms.

To learn more about Skystream and the streaming products they offer, please visit: www.skystreamx.com






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To Celebrate National Streaming Day Friday May 20, and the beginning of Summer. Skystream and mkvXstream have teamed up and gave away a new Cable Cutting Package. This includeded an X5 Android TV box with ATSC DVR tuner along with an Amplified Antenna.



How to WinEntering the contest is easy, just like something on both these Facebook pages starting today until the contest ends on midnight 12:00 PM Eastern Time, 9:00 P.M Pacific Time on Sunday May 29, 2016. 

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On Memorial day we added all the names of the people who liked pages and articles to a list at RANDOM.org and and one lucky person who was number 7 on the list won.  

The lucky winner was contacted for shipping info and Pete from SkystreamX is sending out a new Android X5 TV streamer and amplified antenna cable cutting package.


Congratulations: Kathy Kline, our SkyStream X5 Cord Cutters Package Winner!