Media Streamers:

Best media streamers of 2015

Updated

With the rise of excellent streaming-media services like Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, Vudu, and Pandora, it's easier than ever to ditch your discs and embrace streaming content stored in the cloud. Below are our top streaming-media box picks. We've limited the list to standalone streaming boxes, but be aware that lots of other home theater devices are competent streamers these days, from Blu-ray players to game consoles.

Apple TV

While it's still a step behind the Roku 3, the Apple TV is an excellent streaming box, especially for those invested in the Apple ecosystem.

4 stars Excellent

Roku 2

The Roku 2 offers tons of content sources and an innovative remote with built-in headphone jack for just $80, but the Roku 3 is still our favorite pick.

4 stars Excellent

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.

Price: $99.00 - $149.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good