Some different types of cable sticks include Google Chromecast, the Roku streaming stick and the Amazon Fire TV stick. These cable sticks allow users to connect a HDTV with the HDMI cable stick and stream media services or networked content such as Hulu or Netflix, reports PC Magazine.
As of 2016, the Roku streaming stick and the Amazon Fire TV stick allow users to plug the HDMI cable sticks into their televisions and connect to Wi-Fi, which enables them to stream Internet services and watch programming from the different media-streaming services to which they subscribe. With the free Roku app for iPhones and Android devices, users can stream media from their devices and use the devices as remote controls for the Roku. The Amazon Fire stick comes with a remote that controls the device and also allows users to play a selection of Amazon or Android games from the home screen.
The Google Chromecast is different from the Roku streaming stick or the Amazon Fire TV stick in that it does not have an onscreen menu or accessible remote control. Google Chromecast works with devices connected to the same Wi-Fi and enables the user to stream services from their computers or telephones and play them seamlessly onto their televisions, according to PC Magazine.