Please be more specific about the whole scenario. Hotel room during business travel, or second residence where there is unrestricted broadband service, etc.?
For example, when I travel to my vacation home, I bring along a WDTV live and utilize the wifi there to display Netflix (and other content) by connecting via HDMI to a small HDTV. My family prefers to stick to their tablets and stream their content that way (at least I get my own TV for a change!).
Really though, it depends on what specific content you need/want to view. When you say something 'didn't work', you fail to list any details which is really the crux of the matter here in figuring out why one could be 'better' than another one for your needs. I have used most of them and the devil is in the details
Road trips take me to many different cable providers and listings. Would like to take a Roku or Apple TV, attached it to the room's tv
and watch what I'd like. Had a Google stick that didn't work and an Apple TV that worked only with my laptop. Suggestions to make
away-from-home evening tv viewing better?