If you can swing the price and want the best streamer available today, get the Apple TV 4K.
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.
Quick, simple and less expensive than the competition, the Roku Express is the perfect basic streamer.
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.
This is the best media streamer we've reviewed. Videos in 1080p look crisp and detailed. It's flexible and supports virtually every codec commonly found online. You don't need a computer science degree to operate it and it won't break the bank
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.
The MCE DMA2200 is probably the best media streaming device we've ever tested. It's a shame you can only use it with Windows Vista, but for those who want to send media from their PC to their TV, it's the ideal solution
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
Apple TV is a gorgeous gateway to Apple's world of movies and TV, but the absence of major apps at launch hampers its appeal in the UK.
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 Conceptronic Grab'n'Go Full HD Media Player is a good machine, offering solid picture and sound quality. It's also easy to use, although it's about £70 too expensive, as the Western Digital WD TV Live does everything this machine does for less than £100. It does have one massive advantage, though -- its dead simple networking set-up, which worked first time for us. That's truly a rarity
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 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.
If you want to stream video to an old TV, your best (and pretty much only) option is the Roku Express Plus.
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.
The Denon AVR-S920W is an excellent mid-priced Atmos-ready receiver, with plenty of home cinema muscle and excellent usability.
The WD TV Live (2011) offers a solid combination of must-have streaming services and excellent USB and network file support, making it one of the best devices of its kind available for under $100.
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.