“A streaming device is a device that helps to stream videos and audio from the internet to your television.” Needless to say streaming devices are very popular nowadays and there are many options available on the market to choose from. A recent survey (Pew Research – 2017, August Survey), shows that about 6 in 10 young adults in U.S. primarily use online streaming to watch TV. It’s common to say most people enjoy online media content and wish view it on their favorite devices.
How do you know which streamer is right for you?
1. Roku Ultra
HD and 4K UHD Streaming Media Player with HDR, Enhanced Remote with Voice Search
The Roku Streaming Stick+ is a tiny, inexpensive media streamer that can put 4K and HDR10 content on your TV, monitor, projector or any HDMI compatible display device. This device lets you use the slew of apps and services available on the Roku platform. It has powerful Wi-Fi features. A downside of this device is the voice search, which is much more limited in features than other media streamers.
2. Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote
Streaming Media Player
The Fire TV Stick includes the Alexa Voice Remote that can read a user’s verbal commands. The Fire TV Stick includes 75 percent more processing power than its predecessors, includes a dedicated graphics engine, better Wi-Fi support, 2GB of memory and 8 GB of storage that’s expandable up to 200 GB. It supports 4K Ultra HD and features all of your favorite streaming channels like YouTube, Hulu and Amazon Video.
3. Apple TV 4th Generation
MSRP: $ 199.00
The new Apple TV delivers an all-new experience with Touch and Siri, powerful new hardware, great content and games. The Touch surface on the new Siri Remote offers innovative ways to interact with your TV, creating a connected experience with a screen that’s across the room. Main features included: lightning-to-USB Cable, Power Cord, Siri Remote. Siri Remote can now be used as a dynamic game controller, with the Touch surface acting as a virtual directional pad and also, effortlessly navigate through content and screens on Apple TV.
4. Roku Streaming Stick
Portable, power-packed player with voice remote with TV power and volume
Powerful. Portable. The Roku stick has a powerful quad-core processor and dual-band wireless that provides up to 8x more processing power than ever before. The Roku Streaming Stick gives you smooth streaming with channels that launch in a snap. Enhanced voice remote lets you use your voice to search across top channels by actor, show and more. There are some additional downsides, like the fact that not every included streaming app is up to date with its most recent UX changes or that its HDMI-only which can be bad news for older TV owners.
5. Google – Chromecast
One of the least expensive, this TV streaming device by Google is a better way to get video, music, and games to your TV. It’s compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows devices so you can use your phone to play, pause, control volume. Works with Google Home so you can stream and control content using just your voice: “Ok Google, play Stranger Things from Netflix on my living room TV.” One noticeable benefit is its portability (it’s very small device).