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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.

By October 28, 2015

4 stars Editors' rating October 28, 2015
Best products

Best media streamers of 2015

We've limited the list to standalone streamers, but be aware that lots of other home theater devices are competent streamers these days, from Blu-ray players to game consoles.


Amazon, the king of e-commerce, gets primed for 2016

Amazon's Prime membership service will help the company continue to dominate online shopping, this holiday season and beyond.

By November 30, 2015


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

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.

By October 21, 2015

3.5 stars Editors' rating October 21, 2015

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
Editors' Take

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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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


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

TCL S3800 series (Roku TV, 2015)

Despite its "good enough" picture quality, the TCL Roku TV is one of our favorite entry-level sets, thanks to an awesome smart-TV suite and rock-bottom pricing.

By August 3, 2015

4 stars Editors' rating August 3, 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