Blu-ray Players

Samsung BD-H6500
REVIEW

Samsung BD-H6500

The Samsung BD-H6500 is simply the quickest Blu-ray player we've seen, delivering lightning-fast access to your movies on disc and streaming services like Netflix.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 5, 2014
1 star User rating out of 1 vote
Simple.TV 2
REVIEW

Simple.TV 2

As a streaming-based DVR the Simple.TV offers a lot of functionality including a novel sharing feature, but if you just want to watch on your TV, instead of a tablet or phone, there are better alternatives.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on September 5, 2014
Slingbox M1
REVIEW

Slingbox M1

The $150 Slingbox M1 brings TV streaming to nearly any mobile device, PC, or Mac, now with the convenience of built-in Wi-Fi.

4 stars Editors' rating on July 15, 2014
4.5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Sony BDP-S3200
REVIEW

Sony BDP-S3200

The Sony BDP-S3200 will play your Blu-rays just fine but it doesn't do enough to embrace streaming media like its competitors.

3 stars Editors' rating on April 17, 2014
2.3 stars User rating out of 2 votes
LG BP530
REVIEW

LG BP530

The LG BP530 has built-in Wi-Fi and a good selection of apps, but there are just enough quirks to keep it from being a top Blu-ray player pick.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on December 9, 2013
0 stars User rating out of 3 votes
Samsung BD-F5900
REVIEW

Samsung BD-F5900

The Samsung BD-F5900 is an excellent Blu-ray player with the right mix of usability, performance, and speed.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 21, 2013
3.5 stars User rating out of 2 votes
Sony BDP-S5100
REVIEW

Sony BDP-S5100

The Sony BDP-S5100 Blu-ray player offers a wealth of services and very good image quality for the money.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 5, 2013
3.2 stars User rating out of 6 votes
Panasonic DMP-BDT230
REVIEW

Panasonic DMP-BDT230

The Panasonic DMP-BDT230 is a mostly solid Blu-ray player, except it serves up obnoxious ads in its onscreen interface.

3 stars Editors' rating on October 11, 2013
0 stars User rating out of 4 votes
Slingbox 500
REVIEW

Slingbox 500

While you'll pay a premium for its extra features, the Slingbox 500 is an excellent way to watch your TV or DVR video content anywhere.

4 stars Editors' rating on December 21, 2012
2.2 stars User rating out of 3 votes
Slingbox 350
REVIEW

Slingbox 350

The Slingbox 350 is an excellent way to watch your TV or DVR video content anywhere.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 23, 2012
0 stars User rating out of 3 votes
TiVo Stream
REVIEW

TiVo Stream

For TiVo Premiere owners with iOS devices, the TiVo Stream is a cool addition to your AV setup and mobile life.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 30, 2012
4 stars User rating out of 11 votes
Google Nexus Q
REVIEW

Google Nexus Q

The Nexus Q's striking, orblike hardware can't outweigh the extreme limitations of this Android-only, Google-only media streamer.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on June 28, 2012

No longer available for sale

Roku HD
REVIEW

Roku HD ( 2012)

With its ability to stream hundreds of audio and video channels (including Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, and Hulu Plus), the $60 Roku HD would be our top pick for those seeking an ultra-affordable Internet media box -- if not for the fact that it's nearly identical to the slightly cheaper Roku LT.

4 stars Editors' rating on May 7, 2012
3.2 stars User rating out of 15 votes

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Apple TV
REVIEW

Apple TV ( 2012)

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 Editors' rating on August 14, 2013
3.6 stars User rating out of 39 votes
Elgato HD HomeRun
REVIEW

Elgato HD HomeRun

The Elgato HDHomeRun is a decent way to get over-the-air TV on your Mac, but its high bandwidth requirements mean you're better off opting for wired rather than Wi-Fi streaming.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on February 23, 2012

MSRP: $179.95

SiliconDust HDHomeRun Dual
REVIEW

SiliconDust HDHomeRun Dual

The Elgato HD HomeRun Dual is a decent way to get over-the-air TV on your PC, but its high bandwidth requirements mean you're better off opting for wired rather than Wi-Fi streaming.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on February 21, 2012
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

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Netgear NeoTV
REVIEW

Netgear NeoTV ( NTV200)

While it's a capable streamer the lack of any expandable memory and its limited connectivity really limit its universal appeal. It's also priced too high compared to the most recent Roku offerings.

3 stars Editors' rating on November 4, 2011
2.2 stars User rating out of 6 votes
LG BD690
REVIEW

LG BD690

The LG BD690 has a superb feature set and unique CD-ripping functionality, but it's expensive and a little more complicated to use than it needs to be.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on September 20, 2011
2 stars User rating out of 1 vote

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Philips BDP5506/F7
REVIEW

Philips BDP5506/F7

We wouldn't recommend the Philips BDP5506 over competing Blu-ray players.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on September 8, 2011

MSRP: $149.99

Uebo M400
REVIEW

Uebo M400

While we recommend the Uebo M400 to the DIY streaming and content guru, the M400 is certainly not for novices. It's also desperately in need of some sort of QWERTY input remote.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on July 17, 2011
2 stars User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $190.00

Samsung BD-D6700
REVIEW

Samsung BD-D6700

The Samsung BD-D6700 is an excellent all-around Blu-ray player with dual HDMI outputs, but for most buyers its upgrades won't justify its high price.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on April 12, 2011
0 stars User rating out of 2 votes

MSRP: $299.99

Monsoon Vulkano Flow
REVIEW

Monsoon Vulkano Flow

While the experience isn't as polished as the Slingbox, the Vulkano Flow offers an impressive amount of streaming and recording features at an unbeatable price point.

3 stars Editors' rating on March 31, 2011
2.5 stars User rating out of 3 votes

MSRP: $100.00

WD TV Live Hub
REVIEW

WD TV Live Hub ( 1TB)

While it lacks integrated Wi-Fi and is more expensive than the Roku or Apple TV , the WD TV Live Hub's combination of snazzy interface and built-in 1TB hard drive will appeal to advanced users who have a lot of existing files they want to view on an HDTV or stream to other PCs on a network.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on December 13, 2010
2.6 stars User rating out of 5 votes

MSRP: $199.99

Roku XDS
REVIEW

Roku XDS ( 2100X)

Thanks to its wide range of content offerings--including Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus, and Pandora--the Roku XDS is the best all-around streaming media box you can get for less than $100.

4 stars Editors' rating on December 3, 2010

MSRP: $99.99

Sony SMP-N100
REVIEW

Sony SMP-N100

Sony's SMP-N100 streaming-video box isn't the easiest to use, but it offers an unparalleled feature set at its price.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on December 3, 2010
2.2 stars User rating out of 3 votes

MSRP: $129.99

Sony NSZ-GT1
REVIEW

Sony NSZ-GT1 ( Google TV)

The Sony NSZ-GT1 combines Google TV and Blu-ray in a single box, but Sony's frustrating controller, the high price, and Google TV's content issues make it a tough sell.

3 stars Editors' rating on November 12, 2010
4.8 stars User rating out of 2 votes
Turtle Beach Ear Force DSS
REVIEW

Turtle Beach Ear Force DSS

Though the DSS has its moments of excellence, most are less than stellar. Factoring in the clutter associated with setting up such a device, we think gamers who are passionate about surround sound are better off buying something that natively supports that feature.

3 stars Editors' rating on July 22, 2010

MSRP: $89.99

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex TV
REVIEW

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex TV

The inclusion of Netflix and other online-streaming options make the FreeAgent GoFlex TV a compelling option for file hoarders who also want access to cloud-based media.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on July 22, 2010

MSRP: $129.99

WD TV Live Plus
REVIEW

WD TV Live Plus ( summer 2010)

If you don't already own an Xbox 360, PS3, or Blu-ray player and you're serious about networked streaming, the WD TV Live is one of your best choices for getting content to your TV.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on June 11, 2010

MSRP: $149.99

Sony BDP-S570
REVIEW

Sony BDP-S570

The Sony BDP-S570 has all the features of other midrange Blu-ray players, plus future 3D support and best-in-class operational speed, but its streaming-video performance over Wi-Fi is spotty.

4 stars Editors' rating on March 24, 2010
2.5 stars User rating out of 5 votes

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