Roku 2 ( 2015)
A nearly perfect mix of speed, features, price and ecosystem make the Roku 2 our favorite streaming device yet.
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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.
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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.
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.
Roku 3 Streaming Media Player
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.
Popcorn Hour C-300
The Popcorn Hour C-300 has excellent video file format support and allows you to browse through your video files by poster art. But its line-up of smart apps is relatively poor, it has buggy software and it costs way too much.
Typical price: £350.00
Sony NSZ-GS7 Internet Media Player with Google TV
The Sony NSZ-GS7 Internet Media Player with Google TV brings the world of Android apps to your TV, including web browsing while still watching live TV, but the software is buggy and frustrating.
Typical price: £200.00
Crystal Acoustics MediaMatchBox
Crystal Acoustics' MediaMatchBox media player can deal with pretty much any format you throw it at. It's ideal if you want to add file playback capabilities to a TV or take your downloads on the road.
Typical price: £55.00
Toshiba StorE TV+
The Toshiba StorE TV+ is a competent multimedia streamer with an ill-judged interface that few would want to live with. Despite broad file-format support and a capacious hard drive, it's frustrating to use.
Typical price: £110.00