Media Streamers

Roku Streaming Stick 2016
REVIEW

Roku Streaming Stick 2016

The new Roku Streaming Stick is the best value in streaming-video hardware, period.

5 stars Editors' rating on April 19, 2016
2.8 stars User rating out of 2 votes
Yamaha RX-V381
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Yamaha RX-V381

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
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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 TX-NR656
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Onkyo TX-NR656

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 SE
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Roku SE

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.

TiVo Bolt
REVIEW

TiVo Bolt

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.

4 stars Editors' rating on October 30, 2015
Amazon Fire TV
REVIEW

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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on October 21, 2015
1 star User rating out of 1 vote
Google Chromecast 2015
REVIEW

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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on October 3, 2015

Pricing not available

Nvidia Shield Pro
REVIEW

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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on May 28, 2015
Roku 3
REVIEW

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.

4 stars Editors' rating on April 10, 2015
2.3 stars User rating out of 12 votes
Razer Forge TV
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Razer Forge TV

After a false start, Razer's Android TV device is adding new games and a long-awaited couch-friendly keyboard and mouse.

Google Nexus Player
REVIEW

Google Nexus Player

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.

3 stars Editors' rating on November 3, 2014
2.5 stars User rating out of 4 votes

MSRP: $99.00

Visit manufacturer site for details.

Philips Blu-ray Surround Base HTB3525B
REVIEW

Philips Blu-ray Surround Base HTB3525B

The Philips HTB3525B packs Blu-ray, Smart TV, and Bluetooth into an affordable sound bar, making it a great choice if you're looking for an all-in-one system.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on July 25, 2014
LG LAB540W Sound Plate
REVIEW

LG LAB540W Sound Plate

The LG LAB540W SoundPlate packs Blu-ray and Smart TV functionality into an impossibly thin audio package, but you'll pay for the all-in-one convenience.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on July 3, 2014
Razer Android TV
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Razer Android TV

At Google I/O, the first hardware to run Google's new Android TV software was announced, including a gaming-centric "micro console" from Razer.

Pricing not available

Amazon Fire TV
REVIEW

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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on April 3, 2014
2.9 stars User rating out of 4 votes
Roku Streaming Stick
REVIEW

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.

4 stars Editors' rating on March 28, 2014
2.1 stars User rating out of 5 votes
Hisense Pulse Pro
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Hisense Pulse Pro

The Hisense Pulse Pro runs "Android TV" software and sports a refreshed user interface and an impressive remote.

Pricing not available

Roku LT
REVIEW

Roku LT ( 2013)

The Roku LT is the best budget streaming-media device, easily topping the $35 Chromecast.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 5, 2013
PLAiR 2
REVIEW

PLAiR 2

Plair 2 is an interesting Chromecast alternative that offers access to the full suite of Android apps, but it's just not reliable enough to recommend.

2 stars Editors' rating on November 1, 2013

MSRP: $49.00

Visit manufacturer site for details.

Roku 1
REVIEW

Roku 1

The Roku 1 offers the same excellent experience that's found on other Roku boxes at a new low price, but there aren't many reasons to choose it over the new Streaming Stick or step-up Roku boxes.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on March 10, 2014
Roku 2
REVIEW

Roku 2 ( newer model available)

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

4 stars Editors' rating on October 25, 2013
Vizio Co-Star LT
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Vizio Co-Star LT

Vizio's new Vizio Co-Star LT smart-TV box has an HDMI input for integrating cable and onboard apps.

Google Chromecast
REVIEW

Google Chromecast

Google's $35 Chromecast stick is a cheap and easy way to add streaming video and music to your TV, but it still isn't as fully featured as similarly priced Roku boxes.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on July 25, 2013
3 stars User rating out of 45 votes
Fan TV
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Fan TV

Fan TV is the latest box promises to unify cable TV, streaming video and movies, but it faces an uphill battle to get cable companies on board.

Pricing not available

Cobra AirWave
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Cobra AirWave

Cobra's AirWave music receiver lets you effortlessly connect your smartphone with your car's audio system via a Bluetooth connection.

MSRP: $39.95

Visit manufacturer site for details.

Roku 3
REVIEW

Roku 3 ( newer model available)

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.

4.5 stars Editors' rating on March 11, 2013
3.4 stars User rating out of 41 votes
Samsung HomeSync
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Samsung HomeSync

Combining your Android handset with your home theater, the HomeSync media hub lets your stream and play games on your TV.

Western Digital TV Play
REVIEW

Western Digital TV Play

The WD TV Play is the best alternative to Roku and Apple TV for viewers looking to access their personal media collection.

4 stars Editors' rating on February 12, 2013
Asus Qube with Google TV
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Asus Qube with Google TV

The Asus Qube runs the newest version of Google TV and features a custom, Asus-designed user interface.