The FMP-X10 is Sony's second-generation 4K media player, equipped with a 1TB hard drive, access to hundreds of 4K movies and Netflix's 4K streaming service. Previously proprietary, a software update makes it usable by multiple brands of compatible 4K TV.
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.
The Caavo does a great job simplifying the complexity of home theater, but this pricey system is fatally flawed by lack of HDR support.
D-Link's DCS-5300G is no real match for a dedicated wired and monitored video security system, but it's also nowhere near as expensive.
The Hisense Pulse Pro runs "Android TV" software and sports a refreshed user interface and an impressive remote.
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.
Like its little brother, the WD TV, the Western Digital WD TV Live is a bargain-basement media streamer capable of handling video up to 1080p. Unlike the more basic WD TV, the Live adds an Ethernet connection and the ability to stream files over your home network. While it's not as simple or well-designed as the Popcorn Hour A-110, it does its main job well, easily moving video from your computer to your TV
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.
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.
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.
The DMA-1000's low price, broad file format support and easy-to-use interface make this high-definition media streamer a decent budget option. Still, it's a shame it can't play DRM content such as the videos you can now download using the BBC’s iPlayer service
This device is useful because it acts as an external 500GB hard drive, but with drives this size costing as little as £70 it's hard to justify spending so much more
The Wyplay Wyplayer is a very good device. It's rather expensive but you get plenty of functionality for your money. We're annoyed that it only outputs at 1080i, despite being able to decode 1080p, but the picture quality is very good nevertheless. If Wyplay were to fix the awful remote and speed up the user interface, we'd score the Wyplayer even more highly. Although its media-streaming capability isn't quite as compelling as that of the Popcorn Hour A-110, it offers more features. As a version 1.0 device, it's terrific, and we think that the Wyplayer has a bright future
The Elgato EyeTV Netstream DTT allows computers and other devices to access TV channels that otherwise wouldn't be easily available on them. It's also terrific for people using Windows Media Center PCs with home-cinema systems. Apart from the price, we can't really find anything to complain about. It's a top-notch device
The second-gen Apple TV is an appealing prospect, but we'd like to see a lower price tag and more UK content.
Considering how little it costs, it's hard to complain about the Western Digital WD TV. And, as much as we like the Seagate Freeagent Theater, it doesn't have anywhere near the same playback capabilities as the WD TV, which can play back proper 1080p video. The WD TV is also cheaper. All in all, this is a really good entry-level media player
Archos TV+ is too expensive, lacks support for some key codecs out of the box and doesn't offer any form of HD functionality. Its ability to record from DVD or Freeview/Sky/Cable STB might interest some with Archos PMPs