Do you use a set-top box? (Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, etc...)

Do you use a set-top box? (Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, etc...)
So, the news that Apple is planning to bring iTunes and AirPlay support to Samsung TVs broke today and it made a lot of fans of both companies happy. The reasons for why Apple would do this are, of course, for Apple to know, but we did speculate on them a bit in this article, for those interested.

In any case, it's easy to assume that Apple TV hasn't been doing great, and Apple felt like it had to look for alternatives.

But is the Apple TV pressured by other set-top boxes, like Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast dongles, or is the set-top box actually redundant in the age of smart TVs and gaming consoles that can run Netflix and YouTube?

In other words — do you have any type of set-top box at home?

Do you have a set-top box (Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, etc.)

Yep and I love it!
64.74%
Yes, but I rarely use it, if ever.
9.36%
Nah.
25.9%

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30 Comments

1. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1588; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I counted my Miracast since you considered Chromecast a set top box. Smart TVs are nice, but the included features aren't enough for me to replace my old TVs.

2. libra89

Posts: 2317; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

In my opinion, they are a better deal than smart TVs. They are updated for years, while smart TV support can fall off. I got a Roku 2 years ago and I'm amazed by how it's just been quietly updating all of this time to become better.

3. md227a

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I have a Sharp TV with Roku built in and love it. In the bedroom I have a Fire TV stick that works well, would rather a Roku but don't watch much TV in bed.

4. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Yup have 3 of them around the house. I have one smartTV but don't use the smart part, use a set-top box instead.

5. surethom

Posts: 1731; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

No, Sky+ with a smart TV & an Android phone with chromecast, don't need anything else.

6. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Yes and no. I have a Sony 900e running on android for the living room, and a Samsung smart tv for the bedroom with Xiaomi Mi Box 3 hooked into it.

7. scarface21173

Posts: 702; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Nvidia shield had it 4yrs, couldnt live without it.

8. Poptart2828

Posts: 467; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

You are a smart man.

19. Man_Utd

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

I'm in the same boat. It continues to get better with time. Can't say that about other products out there

24. monkeyb

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

3 Years for me and cannot travel without it. Never imagined I will pack a smart tv box while going for long travel.

9. _deeuk

Posts: 48; Member since: Nov 06, 2018

Smart tv

10. bucknassty

Posts: 1373; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

i have the element with fire tv built in... it is so nice having it built in... and due to the small amount of 4k content i consider it better than my vizio p-series because their software is slow and crappy

11. middlehead

Posts: 468; Member since: May 12, 2014

I rarely use mine because I've just been streaming less, but I got Rokus for a couple cousins and they use them all the time. Roku should've been on the example list, not Chromecast.

12. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Three Chinese tv boxes (oh the horror!). Loaded with every decent pirate app available plus Directv, Xfinity, BBC iPlayer, All4, ITV, Channel 5, NBC Sports, HBO etc etc. I have just about every UK and US channel including Sky. Haven't used cable tv for 3 years. Smart tv's are a waste of time and money when a $60-100 3-4GB ram box is more powerful and does a much better job. And a good VPN is a must of course.

27. Poptart2828

Posts: 467; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

This is why having android instead of iOS saves you thousands of dollars a year

13. Heisenberg

Posts: 378; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

I have a Samsung tv with firestick 2nd gen in the living room but will be replaced with a smart Tv and a better android box while the firestick stick will be hooked to the sharp tv in my bedroom. Sweet life

14. KingSam

Posts: 1505; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Just got my mi box S delivered. :)

15. el33t626

Posts: 28; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

I bought a Roku stick for the Spectrum TV app instead of paying extra for another set-top box !

16. Panzer

Posts: 283; Member since: May 13, 2016

Raspberry pI3b+ beta build of OSMC (kodi fork), Have my Emby server connected to it, Netflix and other addons we leave it at that. Except for the gf updating the Netflix addon which screwed that up very happy with that setup. Good thing I took a system image so it should be a quick fix.

17. cmdacos

Posts: 4334; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

A better question would have been who uses the smart TV built in functionality. Most on this type of site are highly likely to have some streaming box option. But I'd be more curious as to who actually uses built in functionality on their smart TV. I have PS4 Pro, Chromecasts and android box and three TVs with smart apps built in and never use the smart tv apps.

21. Valdomero

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I use the built-in apps of the TV, and it's a pain in the back, I'm highly considering buying a set-top box but don't want to spend over $170 for Apple's. I might get the Nvidia Shield, I've read very good reviews about that device.

28. WingMan

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 28, 2008

I do, Netflix ,YouTube and the DLNA playback. Not much else

29. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

My 2018 LG smart tv supports almost every major streaming service available in the UK (except Apple Tv) and i use it all the time. ditched the set top boxes last year, too much faffing about and it's nice to have everything working perfectly on one device.

18. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I would rather the dumb TV and a dongle. My smart tvs aren't up to date and rarely do what I want from them. So give me the dongles any day of the week over that

20. monoke

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Wdtv. Crap app selection but can play local files from external drives. Also chromecast. Will get something with kodi download next time probably.

23. japkoslav

Posts: 1552; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

I use standard Chromecast Ultra. It's fine, it works, nothing amazing. Often I was looking at buying nVidia Shield TV, to replace Chromecast with something much more capable.

25. Mikele

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Since 2013 I have been using android smart TVs from LG!

26. Cat97

Posts: 1983; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Just got a Fire TV Stick for Prime Video streaming...I am amazed on how much more features it has compared to my 3 Chromecasts. I thought the shape resemblance makes them similar...but the Fire TV Stick is a fully-fledged set-top box with thousands of apps. I just didn't know that :)

30. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

I feel like they have potential but I'm not impressed with the current offerings on the market.

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