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Updated: Oct 8, 2015 22:58
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Google Chromecast Audio (2015)

Google's Chromecast is an affordable, compelling media streamer that lets you watch video from your mobile devices on your television. But it only works with an HDMI connection, and that leaves anything without a big screen out of the game. Now Google...

8 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

alaScore 98

Google Chromecast 2 (2nd gen, 2015)

Lest we forget, Android's Chromecast app has gotten a small update in the form of a "What's On" tab. This was introduced to the press as a TV Guide-style way to flip through new and popular content on the Chromecast-compatible apps on your device.

5 expert reviews | 2 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.

106 expert reviews | 15852 user reviews

alaScore 97

Roku 3

Filed in Featured >Home >Reviews . Tags: roku, set top box and streaming.

25 expert reviews | 42528 user reviews

alaScore 97

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....

3 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

alaScore 97

Nexus Player

The $99 Nexus Player, the first set-top streamer to run Android TV, offers novel features for a big-screen platform. It's a work in progress, but a very promising one.

17 expert reviews | 206 user reviews

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It isn't perfect, but if you want to stream PC games to your TV the NZXT Doko does a good job for sensible money.

3 expert reviews

alaScore 96

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 | 1090 user reviews

alaScore 96

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

alaScore 96

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:...

23 expert reviews | 25904 user reviews

alaScore 95

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 | 6458 user reviews

alaScore 95

Apple TV (2nd Gen)

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

81 expert reviews | 627 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.

3 expert reviews | 1 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 | 64 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 | 505 user reviews

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Kingston MobileLite Wireless

However, most of these shortcomings can be overlooked due to the price of $70 - less than half of what wireless drives cost. So the Kingston MobileLite Wireless can be recommended at least for what it primarily delivers, a good overall multi-user...

6 expert reviews

alaScore 92

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...

102 expert reviews | 884 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

There are some things the Popcorn Hour does incredibly well - for example, picture quality. It's very good here and neglected on other media players and especially on laptops and the like. Plus, you get the power needed to play 3D or 1080p video...

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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Sony SMP-N100

Sony's SMP-N100 streaming-video box isn't the easiest to use, but it offers an unparalleled feature set at its price.

20 expert reviews | 91 user reviews

alaScore 91

AC Ryan Veolo

The AC Ryan Veolo manages to deliver something unique right out of the box. By using the Android OS, it manages to offer a range of features usually not present in most media hubs/players. With the operating system you get all the advantages of a...

17 expert reviews | 20 user reviews

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Verbatim MediaShare

Many of us now store photos, music and video on our PCs to stream to our TVs over a network. But doing so does have its flaws. Using a PC as a media server means coping with operating noise, power consumption and susceptibility to malware. A far better...

10 expert reviews

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Western Digital WD TV Live Plus

If you have a PC running Windows 7, you can use Microsoft’s Play To feature to “send†media from your PC to the WD TV Live Plus. Simply add songs or videos to the Windows Media Player 12 playlist, click the Play To button, and choose the WD TV...

6 expert reviews



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