This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
TheStreet Open House

YouTube for Roku Renders Chromecast Obsolete

Stocks in this article: GOOGYHOO

NEW YORK (TheStreet) --

I don't think Google (GOOG) even thinks twice about it, but the addition of a YouTube app to the Roku player means I can unhook my Chromecast. There's no need for the otherwise worthy device because the YouTube-Roku pairing actually works.

As much as I love my Roku, not all desktop and mobile experiences adequately transfer to it. For example, try adding a song to your collection when using Rdio on Roku. As far as I can tell, that's not possible. However, it appears you can pretty much do everything with the Roku YouTube app that you can do on the desktop or in a mobile environment.

You sign into your account and link up your devices. So I have my laptop, tablet and smartphone associated with YouTube on Roku. I can beam anything I play on YouTube from those devices to my Roku-connected television. Of course, you can also manipulate YouTube directly from your TV screen through Roku's YouTube platform just as you would on any other source.

As far as Google's concerned, my Chromecast can collect dust. It will serve the purpose of making YouTube more usable for people who do not have a streaming player such as Roku. Google wants you to be able access YouTube. It's really device and platform agnostic, as much as I despise that tech hipster buzzword.

And the more I think about it, the more I believe Google and Yahoo! (YHOO) via the emerging Yahoo! Screen will dominate streaming video. Not Netflix (NFLX). And, until it gets its act together and acts aggressively, not even Hulu.

They're both stockpiling the type of content we're used to watching via traditional television, the stuff television has ignored or neglected forever and the made-for-the-Internet variety YouTube deserves nearly all the credit for taking mainstream.

YouTube has the head start. But watch Yahoo! catch up by making itself just as accessible across devices. With that traction and mass consumer adoption comes what feels like the need for major media outlets such as NBC to share rights to premium content (appointment viewing) such as the Winter Olympics.

We're watching a shift that, uncritically, most of the media will assign to disruption by Netflix. But that's simply untrue. Watch Google extend its lead and Yahoo! establish itself as the clear new media video giants.

--Written by Rocco Pendola in Santa Monica, Calif.

Rocco Pendola is a columnist for TheStreet. Pendola makes frequent appearances on national television networks such as CNN and CNBC as well as TheStreet TV. Whenever possible, Pendola uses hockey, Springsteen or Southern California references in his work. He lives in Santa Monica.

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
DOW 16,594.23 +194.56 1.19%
S&P 500 1,936.16 +32.15 1.69%
NASDAQ 4,408.55 +92.4760 2.14%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs