The Good The Apple TV 4K delivers the best streaming video available to compatible 4K, HDR and Dolby Vision TVs. It offers the most polished streaming experience today, the best remote on the market and excellent Siri voice options. It's just $30, £30 or AU$40 more than the non-4K box.
The Bad The Apple TV 4K is expensive. It doesn't stream YouTube in 4K or offer Dolby Atmos audio. Cheaper streaming devices from Roku and others offer similar image quality and capabilities, as well as more 4K apps.
The Bottom Line If you can swing the price and want the best streamer available today, get the Apple TV 4K.
The best TV streamer -- if you're willing to spend up
Now that it finally includes, Apple's 4K streaming box is the hands-down best product of its kind. But you should only buy one if you want a premium experience and are willing to pay for it.
It combines the best streaming video quality available today -- including 4K HDR TV, the price of stepping up to an Apple TV might seem like a very worthwhile drop in the bucket., which no other streamer offers -- with the smoothest, most polished feel. It's as quick and capable as any streamer around. And if you just bought an expensive
My favorite streamer is the, because it costs less than half as much and is almost as good. Both do basically the same things very well, and Roku has its own substantial advantages beyond price. It has more 4K apps, including YouTube, whose numerous 4K videos aren't available on Apple TV 4K, and Vudu, which has more first-run 4K HDR movies than iTunes. Roku's platform is more content-neutral, and I love its price-centric search results.
ESPN Plus to stream MLS Live soccer matches
In an exclusive deal, the upcoming $5 per month sports subscription service will carry major league American kicks.
YouTube TV adds CNN, TNT and more, raises price to $40
The cable TV alternative now has Turner networks and is available in more cities, but new users will have to pony up $5 more per month.
Cord cutters: Now Roku and Apple TV can stream YouTube TV
YouTube's $35-per-month alternative to cable TV comes to a pair of popular streaming platforms.
Which streamer should you buy?
Plenty of options exist for streaming Netflix, YouTube, Amazon and the rest. We've reviewed almost all of them. Here are our picks.
YouTube TV will launch Roku and Apple TV apps in early 2018
Cable TV cord-cutters expecting YouTube TV's full app for Roku and Apple TV devices this year will have to wait a little longer.
Amazon Prime Video comes to Apple TV
The addition makes Apple TV one of the most complete streaming platforms.
Get an Apple TV for $84.55
That's by far the lowest price anywhere for the fourth-gen 32GB model. Plus: the lowest price to date for a Sonos Play:1.
Philo charges just $16 for 35 channels, but no sports or locals
Headlined by AMC, Comedy Central, HGTV, TLC and A+E, the inexpensive new streaming service aims for cord cutters who don't care about sports, news or local broadcast channels.
Black Friday Roku deal: Get our favorite 4K streamer for $50
At its regular price of $70, the 4K HDR-capable Roku Streaming Stick Plus is an outstanding value and our highest-rated streamer. It's $20 cheaper for Black Friday.
Apple TV 4K update will fix this one major flaw with HDR
Apple's high-end TV box converts everything to high dynamic range, and that's a no-no. A forthcoming software update will fix the issue.
YouTube TV app coming soon to Roku, Apple TV, Xbox and more
Rejoice cord cutters: You no longer have to use Chromecast to watch YouTube's live TV streaming service on an actual TV.
Nvidia Shield TV gets a $20 price cut after Apple TV 4K debuts
The 4K and HDR-compatible streamer is down to $179 -- the same price as the Apple TV 4K.