When comparing Google TV vs Roku, the Slant community recommends Roku for most people. In the question“What are the best media centers?” Roku is ranked 3rd while Google TV is ranked 4th.
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Pro Flexible Media Storage
You media can be stored on a variety of devices. The Google TV supports DLNA which allows for streaming from mobile devices, network attached storage (NAS), PCs, and more. Google TV can also access media from a simple USB storage device as well.
Pro Cross Platform Mobile App
The Google TV remote app is available on for both iOS and Android devices, making it easy to control your TV with whatever phone, or tablet you have.
Pro Extensible With Apps
Being build on the android operating system, the Google TV also has access to the Google Play app store eco system, meaning that any android app can be easily adapted for the Google TV, including direct apps from media providers and games.
Con Easy to accidentally change channel
It's very easy to accidentally sit on the remote, and stop your video, or exit the channel. Apple Remote does not have this problem.
Con Frustrating & complex remote design
For some apps like YouTube, left and right switches videos. While left and right on Netflix will fastforward/rewind. Apple Remote is a better & simpler design, a direction pad & select button is all you need.
Con Not a hobbyist platform
It's next to impossible to alter the core of the Roku, like create custom notifications. While new channels can be made, existing ones can't be modified.