A Raspberry Pi Comparison: Apple TV vs. Roku vs. Fire Stick

POV: you are ready to start streaming, but the options are more than just a little overwhelming. Is Apple TV the smart choice, or would a Fire Stick tick all the right boxes?

Grant Glas
October 4, 2022
Church Software

Which Streaming Stick Is Best?

Streaming on the tv

POV: you are ready to start streaming, but the options are more than just a little overwhelming. Is Apple TV the smart choice, or would a Fire Stick tick all the right boxes? 

This Raspberry Pi comparison will make your decision easier, highlighting the pros and cons of each streaming stick. Take your entertainment experiences to the next level with a dongle to transform your smart TV into a screen for whatever you need.

Choose the stick that is right for you, whether you are seeking a new piece of tech for your living room at home or are looking to transform your digital signs at church. Keep reading for a direct comparison of the three biggest Raspberry Pi options out there, Apple TV vs. Fire Stick vs. Roku.


Apple TV

Apple Tv

Apple TV is one of the biggest names out there. Designed to facilitate seamless streaming from Apple devices, it is a pain for non-Apple users. Apple TV is particularly useful for digital signage solutions, allowing churches and companies to share their good news on a high-quality screen. But Mac mini (yes, there are even more options!) has stolen the lead for digital signage, providing a powerhouse of unmatched quality.

Setup: 5 out of 5

An effortless setup process is one of the main selling points of an Apple TV. Plug it into the TV through the HDMI port, switch on both of your devices, log into your Apple ID, and you are ready to go. Once setup is complete, you just need to be connected to the same WiFi network to get streaming through the AirPlay mode.

Interface: 4 out of 5

Though the Apple TV interface is easy to navigate and intuitive to understand, it can feel somewhat cluttered when browsing. It frequently suggests movies and TV shows that you may have to pay for (to buy or rent), which is frustrating for users who don’t want to spend money on top of the initial purchase.

Price: 2 out of 5

As Apple TV is the most expensive of the three Raspberry Pi comparison devices, it is easy to question why. Yes, Apple TV streams in excellent 4K quality. This is a feature that attracts many television lovers and appreciators, but for those of us working within a budget, it is hard to justify paying 10x more for a streaming stick.

Fire Stick

Amazon Fire Stick

Amazon’s Fire TV Stick climbed the ranks with strengths to give Apple TV a run for its money. It costs a mere fraction of the price of an Apple TV, which is a strong selling point for those looking to save. 

There are several models, including a 4K capable version which ticks the quality box for many. It has many different apps inbuilt into the system and a robust remote that makes choosing your shows of choice a breeze.

Setup: 5 out of 5

You will be ready to go in just a few simple steps with the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Choosing all your preferred applications and settings will take a little longer (29 steps to be exact, listed in this blog) but the effortless setup process is pretty much the same as with an Apple TV.

Interface: 2 out of 5

Intrusive banner ads are one of the most frequently cited complaints with Amazon Fire TV Stick. Shameless self-promotion on the part of Amazon means there are huge limitations on how much you can personalize your home screen or adjust the types of advertisements you see.

Price: 4 out of 5

These highly cost-effective streaming sticks cost just $49.99, making them popular for families and churches on a budget. But what you save in money, you certainly make up for in advertising. It’s down to you to decide how essential the freedom of selection is for you.


Roku remote

Transform a regular TV into a smart TV in just a few clicks with a Roku streaming stick. It has certainly done well to compete with Amazon and Apple, two of the biggest names in the game. Many choose it for its simple, no-frills design. Roku streaming stick reviews say it does exactly what it says on the tin.

Setup: 5 out of 5

Plug it in, connect to the internet, and stream. These three simple steps are all you need with Roku—you will be watching your favorite movies and TV shows in no time.

Interface: 3 out of 5

As Roku only works with Google and Alexa, your options are somewhat limited. While it does have more free options than Fire TV Stick, its compatibility is much more constricted. 

Price: 5 out of 5:

Starting at just $29.99, Roku is the cheapest stick out there. And there are no monthly fees unless you choose to subscribe to Netflix or something similar, taking the weight of monthly payments off your shoulders.


Apple TV setup

If price is your primary concern, Roku might be the right choice. But Apple TV reigns supreme for kids’ ministry, sharing content with just the click of a finger. Combine Think Orange curriculum with Playlister church software and stream it through your Apple TV to make your life a breeze. 

Ministers, pastors, and kids’ ministry leaders are embracing a new effortless form of functioning, removing all bumps from the road of children’s ministry. Use this Raspberry Pi review to find the right Fire Stick, Roku, or Apple TV streaming stick for you.

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