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Apple TV (2015)

Apple's new streaming-video box offers a real app store including games, a new remote with a touchpad, Siri voice interaction including cross-app search, and a revamped interface.

By September 9, 2015

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Best media streamers of 2015

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.


Sling TV

Sling TV's bargain price and freedom from contracts make it well worth a test-drive for prospective cord-cutters or "cord-nevers" who can live with its stripped-down selection of live TV channels.

By January 26, 2015

3.5 stars Editors' rating January 26, 2015

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Amazon Fire TV 4K

The new Fire TV streams 4K video and offers faster, more capable hardware. It'll cost £80 in the UK.

By September 17, 2015

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Android TV

Google is taking yet another shot at a living room software platform with Android TV, which runs on the upcoming Android L platform.

By June 25, 2014

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Nvidia Shield Android TV

While the Nvidia Shield's 4K video and solid gaming chops make it the most potent Android TV device yet, app shortfalls and a relatively high price limit its appeal.

By May 28, 2015

3 stars Editors' rating May 28, 2015

Fire TV

The Fire TV streaming-media box is an impressive living room debut for Amazon, with standout features like voice search, gaming, and superfast video streaming, but it falls short of being an elite streamer -- at least for now.

By April 3, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating April 3, 2014
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Razer Forge TV

Razer's Android TV device has its own PC game-streaming technology, and will be arriving in the first part of the year. Can it help define the iffy Android gaming space?

By January 6, 2015


Amazon Fire TV Stick

While it doesn't match the app selection or search capabilities of Roku, Amazon's Fire TV Stick's solid performance and mastery of Amazon content make it easily worth the $40 price.

By November 19, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating November 19, 2014

Sony PlayStation TV

The PlayStation TV sounds great on paper, but out of the gate, it underwhelms as both a gaming and an entertainment box.

By October 14, 2014

2.5 stars Editors' rating October 14, 2014

TCL FS4610R (Roku TV)

The best smart-TV suite combined with extremely aggressive pricing makes the TCL Roku TV a phenomenal value despite its so-so picture quality.

By August 28, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating August 28, 2014