It is quite easy to watch your favorite Youtube videos or stream Netflix on your portable devices like smartphone or Tablets. What if you want to watch the same on a larger screen ? You either need a Smart TV that can connect to the internet or else the easier yet cheaper alternative is to setup a streaming set-top box or streaming stick. There are a bunch of such devices available and we can help you choose the best streaming device for your TV.
Each of these devices mentioned below have their own set of pros and cons and we would love to share with you so that you know which one suits you best. So, let’s get started:
Roku Streaming stick is tiny, fast and one of the best you can buy. It is a full-featured media streamer that comes with some interesting features and yet does not burn holes in your pocket.
Roku does not sell content from its own store, unlike other media streamers. Users can customize what the streamer should display. It comes with a clean and responsive user interface, and a useful search function. Roku streaming stick can stream HD media from almost all the streaming services and comes ith a handy small companion, a remote which works really great. You can cast media content present on your mobile using an optional app.
The 4th generation Apple TV comes with a sleek remote with touch and voice control, and support for Siri. It is a powerful gaming device if you pair optional wireless remote controllers. The Apple TV gives you access to Apple’s vast catalog of movies and TV shows but relies on AirPlay support for a few services.
Although the Apple TV does not support 4K content and is one of the costlier products The new app store isn’t as extensive yet. If you buy a lot of content from the iTunes Store then this is the best streaming device for you.
Thanks to Amazon’s smart home platform, Alexa, Amazon Fire TV is all the more smarter. Besides that if you have an Amazon Prime subsciption you can get access to free Amazon Prime content. The Amazon Fire Stick supports 4K and has an easy to use interface. The Fire Stick also supports Netflix, HBO Go, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Sling TV, Watch ESPN, Spotify, and Pandora, among others. You can get a voice-compatible remote for $10 extra.
With the device’s robust integration with Amazon services, it is the best choice if you are an Amazon Prime user. The Fire Stick will steer you toward Amazon content every time you search for something.
Xiaomi’s USP has been making high quality and beautifully designed tech products at an extremely affordable price. The latest version of Mi Android TV box looks really cool and comes with some top-notch features and specifications. Mi box supports 4K and HDR content delivery, DTS and Dolby Digital Plus audio and it also comes with a remote control with voice commands.
Google Chromecast is the most non-obtrusive and least complicated device of all. Although it is available in multiple colors like yellow, red, and black, it snugs behind your TV and is mostly invisible. It does not come with any remote just need to plug the device, connect to your home network and stream whatever you may want. It is very easy to use and economical and that is the reason it is on of best streaming device in the market right now. You can also mirror your smartphone on the TV or show content from your Chrome browser.
If you want a hybrid device that is a powerful Gaming console and an Android TV box than Nvidia Shield TV is the perfect device for you. It comes with powerful hardware like Tegra X1 chipset, 500GB of storage and a list of exclusive android games. Apart from 4K support on Netflix, you can watch youtube, HBO, HULU, ESPN, VUDU,Pandora, Spotify etc. You can also stream your PC games on Shield TV.
Roku 4 comes with 4K video streaming support and some useful interface tweaks and it is the comapny’s most powerful media streaming device yet. It is priced slightly higher than other products from Roku. The player’s excellent remote also features an audio jack for private listening.
Do let us know your experience, if you have any of these already or feel free to comment below if you want us to add your a device that you think is the best streaming device.