Media Streamers:

Best media streamers of 2015

Updated

With the rise of excellent streaming-media services like Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, Vudu, and Pandora, it's easier than ever to ditch your discs and embrace streaming content stored in the cloud. Below are our top streaming-media box picks. 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.

Roku 3

The Roku 3 is the best streaming-video box yet, with tons of content sources, lightning-fast performance, and an innovative remote with built-in headphone jack.

Price: $79.95 - $93.69 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding Roku's speedy streamer is the best box yet

Roku Streaming Stick (2014)

Roku's Streaming Stick offers tons of apps, a real remote, and a compact design for just $50, making it the best streaming stick and an outstanding value.

Price: $39.99 - $49.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Apple TV

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.

Price: $86.99 - $99.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Roku 2

The Roku 2 offers tons of content sources and an innovative remote with built-in headphone jack for just $80, but the Roku 3 is still our favorite pick.

Price: $60.95 - $64.95 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

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.

Price: $39.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Amazon 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.

Price: $84.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Western Digital WD TV Media Player (2014)

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.

Price: $84.93 - $110.21 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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