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.
We've limited the list to standalone streaming boxes.
The world's largest subscription music service retools itself for broader appeal with new types of entertainment like videos and podcasts, as it prepares to fend off an expected rival from Apple.
Soon you'll don a high-tech headset as easily as you reach for your controller. Watch for blockbuster launches in the year ahead that pave the way to the brave new virtual world. Facebook and Valve lead the charge.
Netflix adds 58 titles, including the new season of "Orange Is The New Black," while dropping 55. Amazon Prime picks up 26 new titles including one of the worst movies ever made, "Troll 2."
Spotify wants to hook you up with more than just catchy beats. For that to work for the masses, the company must know what you'll like before you do -- even if it's not music.
Diptic Video creates an easy way to gather your videos and photos into a collage, but is probably geared more toward specific creative types who want to try something new with their media.
Taking on the tech industry's biggest companies might seem a fool's errand, but Russia's Yandex has reason to think its Web browser has a chance challenging Chrome.
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.
At Liverpool's Sound City conference, record business insiders discuss the world's biggest music platform and its "big scary lawyers".
The FMP-X10 is Sony's second-generation 4K media player, equipped with a 1TB hard drive, access to hundreds of 4K movies and Netflix's 4K streaming service. Previously proprietary, a software update makes it usable by multiple brands of compatible 4K TV.