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Home video for the holidays

Maybe a TV is too expensive to give this year, but worthwhile stuff to connect to a TV starts at £30. Check out our favourite picks to go with a TV this year, including video streamers, universal remotes, Blu-ray players, soundbars and more.

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Roku 3 (2015)

In the spirit of "if it ain't broken, don't fix it," Roku added voice search to its £99 Roku 3. It also removed a couple of features from its second-best box, the £60 Roku 2, while turbocharging its response time. The Roku 2 is now just as fast as the Roku 3, and as snappy as any other streamer we've tested.

Meanwhile the features reserved for the Roku 3 all reside in the remote: voice search, point-anywhere Wi-Fi control and the headphone jack for private listening. All are pretty cool and work well, but not one is essential. If you won't use them much, and want to save 30 quid, then buying a new Roku 2 instead is a no-brainer.

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Samsung BD-J5900 Bllu-ray player

Looking for the perfect gift for that guy who went out and bought a curved TV? How about a curved Blu-ray player?

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Yamaha YAS-203 sound bar

The Yamaha YAS-203 offers great price- and class-leading cinema sound with a convincingly wide soundstage from a compact unit.

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Harmony Home Control universal remote

All that stuff needs a coffee table worth of remotes, right? Not so fast. Behold the ultimate gift for the home cinema nut who wants to control everything at once.

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Roku Streaming Stick media streamer

If you're looking to save a bit over the Roku 3, the slick, small Stick is a great alternative.

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Google Chromecast media streamer

The cheapest recommendable streamer around, the Chromecast makes a great gift for anyone who doesn't let go of their phone while watching TV.

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Apple TV media streamer (2015 version)

The ultimate gift for the Apple fan who has everything, the new Apple TV lets them get many of their games and other apps onto the big screen, and includes an awesome touchpad remote with Siri voice search.

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Apple TV media streamer (2012 version)

So you want to get that Apple fan on your list a streaming device, but you don't want to spend £129 on the new version? No problem. The original is a lot cheaper and still a great choice.

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Logitech Harmony Elite universal remote

The Harmony Elite is the ultimate remote control if you can afford it (£279.99).

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Beats Studio Wireless Bluetooth headphones

With Bluetooth audio common in devices from TVs to media streamers and beyond, a nice set of wireless cans lets you listen without being disturbed at night while everyone else is asleep.

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LG Tone Infinim Bluetooth headphones

Can't find the £319 for those Beats? Here's a more affordable option, complete with sleek retractable earbuds.

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Amazon Fire TV media streamer

What if the Amazon fan in your life won't be satisfied with a little stick? The box adds better gaming chops and 4K capability to the festive mix.

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Nvidia Shield media streamer

It's not for everyone, but the relatively expensive Shield will probably please the gaming-happy, 4K TV-owning file-hoarder on your list.

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Sony BDP-S5500 Blu-ray player

Sure, it streams Netflix too, but the real appeal of the Sony is for people who still play actual discs. And maybe a game or two via PlayStation Now (controller not included).

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Pioneer SP-SB23W sound bar

One of our favourite sound bars from designer Andrew Jones. Now that he's jumped ship to ELAC, try to get this while you still can.

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