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Updated: Nov 23, 2015 23:42
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Amazon Fire TV Stick

Amazon has joined Google and Roku as a purveyor of tiny, stick-shaped media hubs with the Fire TV Stick. Like the Google Chromecast and the Roku Streaming Stick, the Fire TV Stick is a tiny bar that you stick into your HDTV's HDMI port and use just...

16 expert reviews | 165 user reviews

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Google Chromecast 2 (2nd gen, 2015)

In the end, the new design features are a step up, but not enough to make us trade in our old Chromecast — especially considering all of our favorite new features work just fine on the old version. But for those who still haven’t checked out a...

23 expert reviews | 283 user reviews

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Google Chromecast Audio (2015)

The Chromecast Audio is certainly extremely easy to use, and that’s good, because ease of use is its defining attribute. The problem we see with the Chromecast Audio is the sheer number of competing devices. Just about any powered speaker or A/V...

17 expert reviews | 48 user reviews

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Amazon Fire TV (2nd Gen) 2015

If you have a 4K TV and are an Amazon Prime subscriber, the 2015 edition of the Fire TV is worth the $100 you'll spend. If, however, you're looking for an OK video streaming device for as cheap as possible, you might want to hunt down last year's...

10 expert reviews

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Nvidia Shield Android TV

The NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV is based on the Tegra X1, which is, without doubt, a very powerful SoC. Ostensibly designed for mobile platforms - particularly tablets - Tegra X1 none the less finds itself in a very interesting (and perhaps unexpected)...

9 expert reviews | 37 user reviews

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TiVo Bolt

TiVo has been facing some stiff competition in the form of cable and satellite company-provided digital video recorders and streaming video services like Hulu, making its subscription plan and expensive hardware look less and less appealing. The Bolt...

2 expert reviews

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Google Nexus Player

The Nexus Player is a great, if imperfect, introductory showcase for Android TV. It doesn't have an Ethernet port and suffers from a few bugs, but Android TV's simple interface, intelligent voice search and Google Cast abilities more than make up for it.

28 expert reviews | 285 user reviews

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Amazon Fire TV Stick

We’re still big fans of Roku’s service-agnostic stance, and it has the best selection of apps and the best search feature on the market. But when it comes to games and access to Amazon’s universe of content, the Fire TV Stick is a far superior choice....

6 expert reviews | 167 user reviews

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Roku 3

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28 expert reviews | 43840 user reviews

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Apple TV (4th Gen)

The new Apple TV offers the most refined streaming interface yet, with a remote that's a step ahead of the competition. Its voice search actually works well, and even at this early stage, there are plenty of worthwhile apps and games. If you need 4K...

2 expert reviews | 85 user reviews

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Google Chromecast (1st gen, 2013)

. It’s perfect for quickly and cheaply adding Netflix or YouTube to additional televisions or adding streaming options while on the go. It’s now up to Google to broaden its content possibilities or risk watching Chromecast go the way of Google TV.

107 expert reviews | 15989 user reviews

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The NZXT Doko is a great idea but its execution left a lot to be desired. The experience as it stands is far from seamless unless all you plan on using the device for is remotely accessing your desktop. The movie watching experience doesn’t rival the...

4 expert reviews

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Roku 2

Editors' Note: This version of the Roku 2 has been replaced. A full review of the most current 2015 Roku 2 can be found here.

1 expert reviews | 1093 user reviews

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Roku 2 (2015)

The Roku 2 is yet another decent media streaming box from the market leader and we like the new Roku Search and MyFeed features. However, these are available on the other Rokus and the slightly high price means you'll want to pay the extra for the...

2 expert reviews | 1028 user reviews

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Apple TV (3rd Gen)

Released in March, Apple's third-generation puck ($100) retains the form factor of its predecessor while adding 1080p playback. The real draw remains the same, though:...

24 expert reviews | 26489 user reviews

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TiVo Roamio OTA

TiVo's latest is the best over-the-air DVR ever made, but the $15 monthly service fee (combined with the lack of a Lifetime Service option) means you're trading a low upfront price for some high long-term costs.

4 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Roku 1 Streaming Player

A tiny box to make your TV smarter, and a great first step into the world of video streaming

2 expert reviews | 6572 user reviews

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Apple TV MC572 (2nd Gen)

The hardware's there, but we're still waiting on the content

82 expert reviews | 627 user reviews

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Streamers have been around for quite a few years. It took them quite a while to reach maturity. When this field was at its infancy, HD was just starting to get popular and Streamers offered a way to play back a DIVX or TS file without requiring a Home...

7 expert reviews | 65 user reviews

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Apple TV (1st Gen)

If you’ve been waiting for 1080p, now’s the time to get an Apple TV, especially if you’re heavily invested in iTunes content and/or you want to beam your media from your Mac to your TV. But if your big-screen TV tops out at 720p, and you just want to...

103 expert reviews | 884 user reviews

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Sling Media Slingbox

Think of the Slingbox 350 as an updated, less-expensive Slingbox Solo. It's great for watching cable TV channels and recorded content on the go, but there's not much that's new, even four years later.

16 expert reviews | 508 user reviews

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Sony NSZ-GS7

The Sony Internet Player With Google TV (NSZ-GS7) is one of the better ways to get Google TV on your HDTV, even if the platform itself still suffers from a lack of polish.

22 expert reviews | 384 user reviews

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Popcorn Hour A-400

At £270, the Popcorn Hour A-400 won’t make a lot of sense tomost buyers, but it is a well-made little box that deserves a look if your oldbox has packed it in. What do you think? Are the days of these dedicated mediaplayers numbered?

12 expert reviews | 151 user reviews

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Philips HMP7001

Media player boxes have become popular in the recent years. The market is dominated by Apple, Boxee, Western Digital and Roku but Philips wants to get in on the act. Last year, Philips released HMP5000 but it never proved very successful so Philips...

8 expert reviews | 121 user reviews



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