Check out our collection of the most popular media streaming devices which are sure to smarten up your old TV the moment you plug them in.
Most Popular Media Streaming devices – 2017
Roku Streaming Stick 2016
Best streaming device for the money
Roku’s 2016 stick proves the best device that offers speedy access to Roku’s unrivalled collection of apps. Available in small, cheap package, the device offers a simple interface around. If your HDTV doesn’t have a built-in streaming ecosystem, consider the new Roku Streaming Stick to get a much better experience.
With a quad-core processor and dual-band wireless, it delivers powerful performance. So now, enjoy your favourite shows fast with smooth, responsive navigation and channels that launch quickly.
Best for streaming in 4K and HDR
There isn’t much streaming content in 4K yet, and even less in HDR. The Premiere+ can get to almost all of it. Experience ultra-smooth streaming with a fast quad-core processor and 802.11ac dual-band wireless feature. In case you want to pair a 4K HDR TV with the beat in high-quality streaming, this is your box.
Enjoy your favourite shows fast, with smooth and responsive navigation and channels that launch quickly. The device handles 4K resolution and it includes access to more than 3,500 channels for varied subscription options. Just connect to the Internet and stream movies, enjoy music, and access a wide variety of other content. You also get an enhanced Remote with Headphone Jack for Private Listening. The Premiere+ costs less and offers most of the Ultra’s features, so we recommend it higher overall.
Best 4K streamer for legacy audio
If your system includes an AV receiver or soundbar that doesn’t pass the latest 4K HDR signals, the Ultra’s optical output might be worth it. The Roku Ultra lives up to its name as it offers with 4K resolution, HDR support, digital audio, USB connectivity, a remote control with voice search and a headphone jack, plus more than 3,500 channels.
The device can access more TV shows and movies in 4K and HDR than most rival devices. It has the most features of any Roku streamer, and unlike the Chromecast Ultra it actually includes a remote (and an Amazon Video app). The optical audio output means you can use it with older receivers and sound bars. If you own a 4K TV and an AV receiver or sound bar that doesn’t pass 4K HDR signals, the Roku Ultra is a great 4K streaming choice.
Amazon Fire TV Stick With Alexa Voice Remote
Best budget streamer with voice
The next generation of the bestselling Fire TV Stick from Amazon is currently the most powerful streaming media stick. Just plug Fire TV Stick & watch across more than 140 channels and apps including Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video with universal search. Prime members get unlimited access to Prime Video, and TV episodes at the same cost. Get Wi-Fi at blazing speed and most accurate voice search and watch movies start faster and stream smoother than ever.
Nvidia Shield (2017)
Best streamer for geeks, gamers
Nvidia Shield (2017) is a bit expensive however it offers myriad gaming, file-sharing geeky functions, that is really worth the extra money. The Nvidia an awesome gaming system but a mediocre set-top box that can deliver stunning 4K content to your living room TV without breaking a sweat.
Best streamer for old TVs
Roku’s Express+ is superb app ecosystem is great for TV’s that lack HDMI inputs is the best. Roku Express makes every TV in your home smart. No monthly equipment rental fees required and entertainment is free.
Best 4K streamer for non-HDR TVs
The basic Premiere is for those whose 4K TVs lack HDR and don’t care about the additional features. The Premiere offers more 4K apps than competitors at an affordable price.
Google Chromecast (2015)
Best value for phone-centric users
Best content selection for cheap
The Express delivers Roku’s best-in-class app selection, search and interface for the lowest price. Roku Express is the affordable way to make every TV in your home smart. So, if you are looking for 1080p upscaling, 4K streaming, HDR improvements or Dolby Digital+ output and night listening mode, the Roku Premiere+ seems like a good choice.