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.
Amazon Fire TV
A great media streamer that will suit you perfectly if you buy everything from Amazon. If not, Roku makes better value boxes.
Roku Streaming Stick ( 2014)
Unless you have very little to spend, this is one of the best streaming devices you can buy in the UK today.
Samsung Shape M7 ( black)
The Samsung Shape M7 is a versatile streaming speaker that sounds better than the Sonos Play:3 but lacks a rich ecosystem of products and supported services.
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.
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Sonos Play:1 ( black)
Ideal for first-timers or people with existing Sonos systems that want to expand it into smaller rooms, the Play 1 is a great way into wireless audio. If you've been dithering about getting Sonos, now is the time.
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.
Sky Now TV Box
A streaming TV box for £10 is astonishing value, although if you can afford an extra £40 you should pick up a Roku Streaming Stick instead.
Technically, the Chromecast is a wonder to behold. If all you want is a cheap way to get iPlayer and Netflix, it's a good choice, but it needs more content before it becomes a must-buy for most.
The Roku 3 is quick and easy to use for accessing online video services but it's pricey. It's also disappointing that it lacks support for key movie and catch up TV services including 4oD and Lovefilm.