Is there a reason you don't want to get an ATV3? Is it just cost, or the way ATV3 works, or lack of features?Thanks to all of you. Seems that both Roku and Chromecast can do what I need. I only have to decide which of them to buy. I guess I will try the Roku stick first. The main reason is the remote control; I don't think my wife would be happy if she would have to use her iPhone to control a Chromecast.
I am content with iTunes and appleTV personally. But I can also use it just like any other external monitor with Airplay from my MacBook Air if I want. Not sure if you can do that with a third party device. At $75 for a refurb, it's a good value IMO.ATV only works with iTunes
I had a jailbroken Apple TV 2 that I just sold for a good price. I hardly ever used the jailbroken part and wanted to sell while the prices are still good. I also missed some channels here like HBO and Showtime which are not available on an Apple TV with software version 5.2 (which is the highest version that can be jailbroken).Is there a reason you don't want to get an ATV3? ...
In my experience, just for ease of use, the ATV3 is hard to beat.
I do have a Smart TV (Vizio E601iA3). But I have never seen something like Plex among its apps, also not something like a "Vizio App Store" where Plex could be downloaded.If you've got a smart tv you could use plex or something like that for free.