Proprietary vs Open Source Streaming Media Players

As streaming video content from the Internet continues to grow all over the world, consumers have more and more options on what streaming media player to purchase. With so many options on streaming media players it’s important to look at the platform on which the player runs. While there are many different variations of operating systems out there, we will keep it simple and look at the two main categories. Proprietary operating systems and Open Source operating systems.

Proprietary Streaming Media Player Software

Roku is by far the most well known proprietary streaming media player in the streaming space. Roku units run on a Linux-based operating system. Linux is a highly customizable, fairly simple operating system. While it’s a great operating system it has one major flaw in that it’s a proprietary system. This means that it can only run programs and applications specifically designed for that exact Linux build.

The reason this is such a large flaw is that with a proprietary streaming media player you do not have access to any third party applications or programs. There is no app store and no real third party developers creating programs for your streaming media player.

Another subsection of proprietary streaming media players are hybrid based operating systems. Some of the popular models of these hybrid streaming players are the Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire Stick, and the Google Chromecast. All three of these streaming media players use a proprietary version of the Android operating system. These streaming media players use a proprietary version of Android. Basically they use the Android operating system as a base for the firmware and then build their own proprietary system on top of it.

For this example of a hybrid streaming media player we will focus on the Amazon units instead of the Google Chromecast because the Chromecast is basically just a mirroring device.

While both of the Amazon Fire streaming media players run on a base of Android, they have basically locked down the Google Play store from their units in place of the Amazon App Store. Long story short; Amazon wants you to get all of your apps and programs from their app store instead of using Google’s. This means increased revenue for Amazon and less choices for the consumer. With this being said you can side load android apps onto an Amazon Streaming media player, but this requires using a computer and a less then secure unsupported third party app. At the end of the day do you really want to start hacking a brand new streaming media player?

Open Source Streaming Media Players

Open Source Streaming Media Players are exactly what they’re named after, Open Source. But what does open source mean? Open source means that you are basically able to get anything that you want with your streaming media player without any restrictions. In the current video content streaming world there is only really one truly open source streaming media platform. This would also be the number mobile platform in the world – Android.

One of the main reasons that Android is so wildly popular across the entire globe is that it is open source. Besides a few restrictions that certain phone and tablet makers place on their devices, Android users can customize their devices exactly how they want. We believe that this is the reason that Android has become so popular for phones and tablets.

This is also the reason it has become so popular in the streaming media player market. Android streaming media players can do almost anything you could possible want them to do.

We have always felt that by giving the consumer the ability to customize a device that they use every day to the way that they want it, they will have a better experience with their streaming media player. We believe that open source Android is by far the best streaming media platform now and in the future.

We hope that you have found this article about proprietary and open source streaming media player platforms helpful.

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