Streaming services have made channel surfing cable T.V. obsolete, but you can’t access that sweet web-based content without the right hardware. Compact and convenient streaming devices provide a gateway to all your favorite shows and movies on Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, and more. Here are our top picks.
The tiny Apple TV provides a meticulous 4K HDR picture with Dolby Atmos audio on apps like Netflix, Prime Video, ESPN, and thousands more, plus a free one year subscription to Apple TV+. The Apple TV app lets you browse content from over 100 video services on iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV without switching from one app to the next. Turn your iPhone into an Apple TV remote, and AirPlay photos, presentations, websites, and more. And thanks to Siri, you can control everything with your voice.
With more power, a faster processor, and support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Fire TV Stick 4K allows you to enjoy a more complete 4K Ultra HD streaming experience. Choose from over 500,000 movies and TV episodes on Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Disney+, Apple TV, SHOWTIME, HBO, CBS All Access, and others streaming services in 4K Ultra HD, HDR, HDR10+, or Dolby Vision. Fire TV has more storage for apps and games than any other streaming media stick, and the Alexa feature provides the most comprehensive voice experience of any streaming media player. Plus Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV episodes.
Get to your favorite entertainment in a snap with Roku Ultra. Stream it all, including free TV, live news, sports, award winning shows, the latest blockbusters, and more than 500,000 movies and TV episodes. Whether you’re watching in HD, 4K, or HDR, you’ll enjoy picture quality that’s optimized for your TV with sharp detail and vivid color. Plus the free Roku mobile app turns your iOS or Android device into a 4K streaming companion that allows you to control your Roku Media Player, use voice search, enjoy private listening, and more.
Powered by the latest Android TV 8.1, Mi Box S connects you to more than 3,000 channels, apps, and games. Most of the content is presented in 4K HDR with DOLBY DTS for an immersive experience. With a built-in Google assistant, you can voice search for photos, check the weather, or set an alarm. Mi Box S also recommends videos based on your personal YouTube and Google Play preferences.