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Google Chromecast Ultra or Roku Premiere+ – Which one is worth buying?

Chromecast users are well aware of this exceptional streaming device which let them stream videos straight to their screens after the completion of Chromecast set up .As Google has recently announced its Google Chromecast Ultra which supports 4K streaming and HDR pictures quality and it’s indeed a good answer to Roku Premiere+. And if you are totally confused which one is better for you then we are here to clear your confusion.

Let’s see the differences between the two:


If we talk about design chromecast Ultra is not changed and pretty much same as it used to be. However, Chrome cast Ultra is only available in black color. It has a circular disc shape with a gloss finish and it perfectly hides behind your television sets and only charging cable and Ethernet cable are visible.

However, Roku Premiere+ has a black sleek design which gets the attention to the traditional set-top box .It has 124.5 x 124.5 x 21.6mm and with this dimension, it cannot be hidden behind your TV but still comes lot of smart technology packed inside. Its remote doesn’t require line-sight placement of its device.



Both the devices are capable streaming 4K with HDR video quality. The Roku Premiere+ offers 60 fps streaming and upscaling of 720p and 1080p content to 4K but you require Ultra HD televisions for it.Whereas, Chromecast apart from 4K also supports Dolby Vision which Roku Premiere+ does not.

Chromecast Ultra is 1.8 times faster than its predecessors but it will only support 4K if you ISP provides good service.


If you want to stream video through Netflix then it is recommended that 25mb/s for smooth 4K playback and plus you need a good internet connection. Also, you can try an Ethernet connection for good quality playback if you usually suffer from Wi- Fi problems.

Both of the devices have the wired networking ports and Chromecast Ultra includes a power adapter and Ethernet port to establish a strong connection.

Chromecast Ultra supports 802.11ac (2.4 GHz/5 GHz) and Roku Premiere+ supports 802.11ac MIMO dual-band wireless. The Chromecast Ultra is equipped with Micro-USB charging cable whereas, Roku Premiere+ consist of DC power adapter and both of them get connected to your TV through HDMI cable .One advantage the Roku Premiere+ has over Chromecast Ultra is microSD card which offers additional channel storage.


Both of them provides high-quality audio. The Google Chromecast Ultra supports surround sound output, however, the Roku Premiere+ supports Dolby Audio.

The Roku Premiere+ has an extra advantage over Chromecast Ultra which is night listening mode which keeps the volume check at night. It also has a private listening option and a headphone jack so that you can listen to your TV without disturbing anyone.

Remote control:

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You can control Chrome Ultra from your phone or tablet after Google chromecast set up through Google Cast app which is available in Play store. Chromecast has one more advantage that Chromecast has the ability to cast content from chrome too and in a case of difficulty reach out for chromecast help.

Roku Premiere+ can be controlled by Roku’s mobile app which contains voice search option and easy access to content from various streaming services. This device can be controlled by universal remote controls


Both of the devices offers a wide range of content. Roku is said to offer 350,000 movies and TV shows whereas, Chromecast support 200,000.Moreover, Chromecast Ultra also supports music, radios, games and other apps too.

Price and Availability:

The Google Chromecast is priced at $69/£69 and will be available from November which is a good price as compared to Roku Premier+ which is available at $99.99.

Which one should you buy?

If we compare these devices and we will see there are not many differences between the two except for the price. However, if you are looking for easy access to content and with effective remote control can go for Roku premier+.

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