Best streaming experience, plus apps
Apple TV 2015
The new Apple TV's awesome remote and voice control make it one of the best entertainment devices, especially for anyone who already owns plenty of Apple gadgets.
Best value for phone-centric users
Google Chromecast (2015)
The innovative Chromecast might be the ultimate living-room accessory for your phone or tablet, but more traditional streaming devices deliver a better streaming experience.
Best streamer for Amazon fans
Amazon Fire TV (2015)
The Fire TV is a formidable streamer with 4K capability and oodles of features, but it tries too hard to serve up Amazon's own TV shows and movies.
Best value for playing local files
Western Digital WD TV Media Player (2014)
While not for everyone, the WD TV's adroit playback of video and music files makes it the perfect living room box for people with large digital media collections.