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Apple TV 4K

If you can swing the price and want the best streamer available today, get the Apple TV 4K.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

It flogs Amazon content too much to beat Roku, but for Alexa fans or 4K HDR TV owners who insist on Dolby Vision, the Fire TV 4K Stick is a great value.

Roku Express 2017

Quick, simple and less expensive than the competition, the Roku Express is the perfect basic streamer.

Apple TV

Beautifully designed and incredibly easy to use, Apple TV is a top-notch product for those who are happy to rely on iTunes and Netflix for their TV and movie content. However, it still lacks support for UK services such as BBC iPlayer, which is frustrating.

Google Chromecast

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.

DVICO TViX HD M-6500A

The DVICO TViX HD M-6500A is a brilliant machine that performs exactly as it should. The only hesitation for us is the high price in comparison with rivals like the Popcorn Hour A-100

HDX 1000

The HDX 1000 is a great machine and well worth your hard-earned money. The 1000 doesn't offer a massive amount of functionality over the Popcorn Hour A-110 though, plus you lose the valuable DTS decoder -- at least, for the time being. But which device you go for is really a matter of personal preference. We found the 1000's multi-format card reader handy, and prefer its design to that of the A-110

Asus O!Play HD2

The Asus O!Play HD2 looks just like its name suggests -- a right mess. Aesthetics aside, this is a serious media streamer for enthusiasts, and it does its job extremely well.

Popcorn Hour A-110

The A-110 is a decent improvement over the original A-100, with a few useful features that will be attractive to some. The price increase is quite significant, but if you must have HDMI 1.3, DTS decode and SATA support, you'll think it worthwhile

Elgato EyeTV Netstream DTT

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

Sony SMP-N100

The Sony SMP-N100 networked media streamer gets pretty much everything right. Its codec support could be more comprehensive, but its Internet features really shine.

Google Chromecast 2015

The innovative Chromecast might be the ultimate living-room accessory for your phone or tablet, but more traditional streaming devices deliver a better streaming experience.

Xtreamer iXtreamer

The Xtreamer iXtreamer isn't the most stylish media streamer we've ever seen, but the integrated iPod, iPhone and iPad dock is pretty cool. We also found the device easy to use, and had no major concerns about video quality.

Denon AVR-S920W

The Denon AVR-S920W is an excellent mid-priced Atmos-ready receiver, with plenty of home cinema muscle and excellent usability.

Amazon Fire TV 2015

The 2015 Fire TV is a potent streamer with 4K capability, voice search and a solid selection of UK apps, but it tries too hard to serve up Amazon's own TV shows and movies.

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.

Roku Express Plus 2017

If you want to stream video to an old TV, your best (and pretty much only) option is the Roku Express Plus.

HDX Bone

We like the HDX Bone a great deal. It does a terrific job of playing all sorts of media. It's at its best when you fit an internal hard drive -- using it as a USB storage device makes a great deal of sense. Its networking ability also means that you can stream files from your home PC, although this does require some messing around with Samba shares. As a media streamer, it's an excellent device and quite good value for money too