Media Streamers

What you can watch on Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast and Android TV

The mainstream video streamers offer hundreds of entertainment apps, from DirecTV Now to Netflix to Nick Jr. to NBC News to NHL, and the list is growing all the time. Here's a big chart showing which of the top 75-odd apps are available on which device.

Updated December 7 to cover DirecTV Now and the addition of numerous other apps on various devices.

These days just about every major entertainment app is available on just about every living room streaming device. You probably have five ways to stream Netflix.

There are a couple of major exceptions -- Amazon Video isn't natively on Apple and Google devices, and iTunes and Apple Music aren't on non-Apple devices, for example -- but for the most part the big stuff is covered.

That is, however, until a major new app comes out. The latest example is DirecTV Now, a multichannel live TV streaming service. It launched on a bunch of platforms, but not on Roku. You won't be able to watch DirecTV Now using a Roku TV, stick or box until early 2017.

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Beyond major new apps, there are other holes in coverage. You'll have to use your phone, tablet or computer to get some apps onto the big screen via some devices. This feature, known as AirPlay on Apple Devices and Google Cast on the Chromecast and Android TV devices, covers most of the major omissions. Even then you may have to resort to screen mirroring, or a favorite app might not be available at all.

To help spell out exactly what's available on what box, stick or dongle (and how you can get it) we maintain a big chart. It encompasses what we consider the top 75 or so entertainment apps across a variety of categories and all of the major living room streaming platforms, aside from Smart TVs and game consoles.

This information only applies to the United States (with the exception of the BBC iPlayer app, which is exclusive to the UK). App and streaming service access varies significantly worldwide, so people with the same hardware in different countries will have far different options.

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A note on the terminology:

  • Yes: App is natively available on the product
  • No: Official App is unavailable on the product (although you may be able to "side-load" it)
  • AirPlay: App is available via AirPlay from iPads, iPhones or Macs (Apple TV only)
  • AirPlay Mirror: App is available using the AirPlay screen mirroring function only (Apple TV only)
  • Cast: App is available via "cast" function from an iPad, iPhone or Android device (This is Google's version of AirPlay; Chromecast and Android TV only)
  • Cast Screen/Tab: App is available when using the "Cast screen/audio" option on the Chromecast app (Android only), or the Google Cast extension on a Chrome Web browser (to Chromecast and Android TV only).

If you notice any errors or have any questions, please post a comment.

(Note that CNET is a division of CBS, which also owns several of the TV networks and video services listed below, including CBS, CBS All Access, Showtime and CBS Sports. The company also operates The CW network in partnership with Warner Brothers.)

Major audio and video apps

App NEW Apple TV OLD Apple TV Roku Amazon Fire TV Google Chromecast Android TV (Nvidia Shield)
Netflix Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
Amazon Video AirPlay AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Screen/Tab Cast Screen/Tab
YouTube Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
HBO Now Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
Hulu Plus Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
Showtime Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
Sling TV Yes AirPlay Mirror Yes Yes Cast Yes
PlayStation Vue Yes AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Yes
DirecTV Now Yes No No Yes Cast Cast
Vudu AirPlay AirPlay Yes No Cast Yes
Google Play Movies and TV AirPlay Mirror No Yes No Cast Yes
iTunes Yes Yes No No No No
Starz Yes AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Yes
CBS All Access Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
Flixster Video AirPlay Mirror AirPlay Mirror Yes Yes Cast Cast
FandangoNow No No Yes No Cast Yes
Crackle Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
Pluto TV Yes AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Yes
Crunchyroll Yes Yes Yes No Cast Yes
Twitch AirPlay AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Yes
Vimeo Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Screen/Tab Cast Screen/Tab
PBS Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
PBS Kids Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
BBC iPlayer (UK only) Yes AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Yes
TV Everywhere (cable subscription required for full access)
Watch ESPN Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
HBO Go Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
Showtime Anytime Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
Watch Disney Channel Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
Watch Disney Junior Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
Watch Disney XD Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
Watch ABC Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
NBC Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Screen/Tab Cast Screen/Tab
Nick Yes AirPlay Yes No Cast Cast
Nick Jr. Yes AirPlay Yes No No No
FX Now Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
Fox Now Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
USA Now Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Screen/Tab Cast Screen/Tab
History Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Screen/Tab Cast Screen/Tab
A&E Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Screen/Tab Cast Screen/Tab
Lifetime Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Screen/Tab Cast Screen/Tab
Watch Travel Channel Yes AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Yes
Watch HGTV Yes AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Yes
Watch Food Network Yes AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Yes
Smithsonian Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Cast
Nat Geo TV Yes Yes Yes No Cast Screen/Tab Cast Screen/Tab
News
CNN Go Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Screen/Tab Yes
ABC News Yes Yes Yes No Cast Cast
Fox News AirPlay AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Screen/Tab Yes
CBS News Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Screen/Tab Yes
NBC News Yes AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Screen/Tab Yes
CNBC Yes Yes Yes No Cast Screen/Tab Cast Screen/Tab
Sky News Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Bloomberg TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
TWiT Yes AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Yes
Sports
MLB.TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
NFL Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
NBA Game Time Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
NHL Yes Yes Yes No Cast Cast
Tennis Channel Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Cast
WWE Network Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Screen/Tab Yes
UFC TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
CBS Sports Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
Fox Sports Go Yes AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Screen/Tab Yes
NBC Sports Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Screen/Tab Cast Screen/Tab
Music
Pandora Yes AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Yes
Spotify AirPlay AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Yes
Rhapsody AirPlay AirPlay No No Cast Cast
Vevo Yes Yes Yes Yes Cast Yes
TuneIn AirPlay AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Yes
iHeartRadio AirPlay AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Yes
Apple Music Yes Yes No No No No
Amazon Music AirPlay AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Screen/Tab Cast Screen/Tab
Google Music AirPlay AirPlay No No Cast Yes
Misc
SlingPlayer AirPlay AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Cast
Plex Yes AirPlay Yes Yes Cast Yes
Kodi No No No No Cast Yes
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