Affordable Alternatives to Apple TV: Exploring TV Boxes and Sticks

If you’re in the market for TV Box or TV Stick devices and prefer not to opt for Apple TV, this post introduces some budget-friendly options that are worth considering. While they may not carry the Apple brand, these devices are manufactured by other reputable companies and offer compatibility with the Apple product ecosystem.

Amazon, Google, and Xiaomi are the three brands we’ll be discussing in this post. Each of them provides cost-effective devices with impressive features for TV Sticks and TV Boxes, along with compatibility for use with iPhone or iPad.

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While these products can be controlled independently of an iPhone, they also integrate seamlessly with your Apple ecosystem, allowing you to enjoy the benefits without the premium price tag of an Apple TV.

Chromecast with Google TV

One of Apple TV’s formidable competitors is Google’s Chromecast. Priced at just 39.99 euros, this TV Stick is capable of delivering HD-quality content.

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But how can it be used with an iPhone? Through Google services like YouTube, you can use your iPhone to stream content. Furthermore, it supports various applications, including Amazon Prime and Disney. You can also access Apple services, such as Apple Music and Apple TV+.

In addition to its versatile connectivity, the Chromecast with Google TV comes with a remote control, making it easy to navigate through the interface.

Fire TV Stick Lite

Amazon offers its own TV Stick at a price of 34.99 euros, capable of playing content from various streaming platforms.

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Just like the Chromecast, it can connect with the iPhone for content sharing. It also provides access to Apple services like Apple TV+ and Apple Music.

Xiaomi TV Box S

If you’re seeking a more TV Box-style device, closely aligned with the Apple TV’s philosophy, the Xiaomi TV Box S is a compelling choice.

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Similar to the previous options, the Xiaomi TV Box S serves as a multimedia hub, offering a wide array of streaming applications for content playback. Thanks to the Google TV operating system, it facilitates connections with the iPhone and iPad, allowing you to cast your content directly to the television.

While it falls within the higher price range of the three options, priced between 50 and 60 euros depending on offers, it offers superior quality with support for 4K and YD output, along with Dolby Vision, HDR 10+, and the Dolby Atmos audio system.