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VLC Media Player

Play audio and video files in real-time and streaming modes.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on Apr 17, 2014
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Google Nexus Player

Until it receives a major infusion of native apps and developer support, and better integrates non-Google services, the Nexus Player with Android TV offers no compelling upgrade over other streaming devices.

By November 3, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating November 3, 2014

MSRP: $99.00


Roku vs. Apple TV vs. Chromecast vs. Amazon Fire TV vs. Android TV

Fed up with your dumb "Smart TV?" Tired of waiting for your console to boot up just so you can watch Netflix? Lookng for a cheap tech gift? There are plenty of reasons to get a new dedicated video streamer. We'll help you choose one.

By November 5, 2015


Overcast: Podcast Player (iOS)

With solid basic features in the free version, you should definitely give Overcast a test drive, but check out the competition before paying the higher price.

By July 24, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating July 24, 2014

Here's why you shouldn't go to the store on Black Friday

Stores want you to believe you can get a great deal on the day after Thanksgiving, but is it better to stay at home?

By November 27, 2015


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.

By November 14, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating November 14, 2014

LookAway Player for iOS

LookAway Player's main feature works as advertised, but the muting features and limited YouTube browsing tools make it essentially a one-trick pony.

By April 11, 2013

3 stars Editors' rating April 11, 2013

When should you upgrade to a 4K TV?

This handy guide can help you figure out if you should upgrade to a new Ultra HD "4K" TV.

By November 25, 2015


Your ultimate guide to Black Friday

Here are the best Black Friday deals CNET has found -- and everything else you should know about the biggest shopping day of the year.

By November 27, 2015


Spotify, you make my streams come true (AKA, the making of my musical wonderland)

Commentary: A lifelong music lover, I've found that Spotify's streaming service is the best way to hear the songs I love most. To me, music services like this count among the most exciting technological achievements today.

By November 28, 2015


Best streaming TV player deals for Black Friday 2015

Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV and even Chromecast devices are all on sale this week. Here's where to get a streaming hot bargain. (Originally published earlier, last updated November 25, 5:30 a.m. PT.)

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