Roku Streaming Stick 2016
The new Roku Streaming Stick is the best value in streaming-video hardware, period.
Yamaha has announced its first 2016 receiver, the RX-V381, which offers four HDMI inputs with 4K support and Bluetooth streaming.
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101
Pioneer has announced that its 2016 Elite receivers will include next-generation surround technologies Dolby Atmos and DTS:X in addition to Google Cast.
Onkyo has announced its 2016 range of receivers, which include features such as Dolby Atmos, Google Cast and the company's first multiroom system.
Roku's latest video streamer is basically just the Roku 1 with a different name, but you can buy it for less than the Chromecast.
The TiVo Bolt makes a strong claim to the throne as king of DVRs and streaming media, but those pesky TiVo service fees keep it short of perfection.
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.
Google Chromecast 2015 ( Lemonade)
The innovative Chromecast might be the ultimate living-room accessory for your phone or tablet, but more traditional streaming devices deliver a better streaming experience.
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Nvidia Shield Pro
The Nvidia Shield's 4K video and solid gaming chops will appeal to geeks, and software updates have made it more stable, but app shortfalls and a relatively high price limit its appeal.
Roku 3 ( 2015)
Voice search makes the Roku 3 the best video streamer in its price class, but it's no longer as good a value as the Streaming Stick.