Today, most media we consume comes from the internet. Even if you get normal cable, you probably also want to watch Netflix or Hulu or some other service on your big screen. However, you’re wondering which streaming device you should use to stream this content to your living room. We’re going to help you figure out which one is right for you!
Keep in mind that many smart TVs already come with some manner of streaming service built-in. For instance, many newer 4K TVs already include support for Roku, Apple TV or Android TV out of the box, so you may not need to buy a separate device. However, our guide can help you figure out which type of smart TV you’d prefer to buy!
Best Media Streaming Devices
Roku is a big name in the world of streaming devices. The Roku Express is a wonderful budget option, often found for as little as $30. If you’re willing to spend a little more, however, you can get Roku Premiere for $40, which offers support for 4K streaming, voice controls for searching and control options through a smartphone app. In either case, Roku offers support for all major entertainment apps, such as Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now and Sling TV.
Roku is a great introductory streaming device for people who have yet to step into the digital content world. We recommend their affordable devices very highly for newcomers.
Amazon Fire TV
Amazon Fire TV is a great pick for people who love the voice controls of Alexa. Likewise, if you like Amazon’s content services, like Instant Video and Prime Video, you’ll love how integral these services are to the Fire TV menu. The Fire TV Stick is $50, while the Fire TV Cube, which allows for hands-free voice control, is $120. Much like all good streaming devices, many entertainment app options are available.
In our opinion, Amazon Fire TV is the best option for those who love voice controls and Amazon’s original content.
While Amazon Fire TV technically uses Android, it’s a very heavily altered version from what you find on Google’s own Android TV platform. There are several devices that run Android TV, but the most notable among them is the Nvidia Shield. Android TV is perfect for users who are already fans of Google’s Android system. Android is fast, user-friendly and supports all of the major apps.
We recommend Android TV for those users who like their Android phones or who love a very personalized streaming experience.