Streaming has quickly become the medium of choice for consuming content nowadays. Be it videos, music, movies, or TV shows, gone are the days when people used to have USB sticks or hard drives with their favorite content saved on them. It is all available online now, with multiple streaming providers having huge catalogs of content to choose from. At the same time, there has also been a surge in the number of devices that can be used to watch this content on your TVs. While the best option is to probably buy a smart TV, which connects to the Internet and has its own interface and apps for streaming content, those cost a pretty penny and are not the most affordable. Streaming devices, on the other hand, allow you to turn any TV into a smart TV, as long as it has an HDMI port and there is a strong Wi-Fi connection. With that in mind, here are some of the best streaming devices to buy in order to satisfy your content cravings.
Roku Streaming Stick Plus
Priced at around $50, this is probably the cheapest of the devices available out there. However, it is also probably the best, making it incredibly value-for-money. It has an incredibly simple interface, with a plethora of apps meaning that almost every streaming service out there is available on it. It even offers 4K HDR support, and its remote control is superb as well, offering the ability to control your TV’s settings, like volume and power, and not just those for the device itself. At this price and with these features, Roku’s offering is by far the winner in today’s streaming wars.
Apple TV 4K
This offering is at the complete opposite end of the spectrum, costing over $100 more than the Roku Stick. However, it is for those consumers who appreciate the finer details, with Dolby Vision HDR, amazing voice control ability, a very slick UI, flexible upconversion, and a superb remote control being just some of the premium features available with the Apple TV. It makes sense for those who are not huge Apple product users as well, as long as they are willing to shell out upwards of $150.
Nvidia Shield TV
Now this one is for all the gamers out there. Priced at $150, without a controller, it still makes sense for a hardcore gamer to pick this one up. The Shield TV uses Android TV as its OS, and so has a built-in Google Assistant, Chromecast support so you can stream media directly on it from your phone or tablet, a huge array of games, Steam Link support, and all the usual streaming apps like Netflix and YouTube. It is an extremely attractive option if you are a gamer and want to take your experience to the next level.
Amazon Fire Stick
This one is for all the Amazon fans out there. Alexa is included, making voice commands the easiest thing you’ll ever have to do, and while it pushes its own content on Prime Video and Prime Music quite a bit through the menu screens, all the other streaming apps are available, making it another extremely strong option, especially given its competitive price of around $55.