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Best Media Streamers of 2017

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    CNET's Rating

    • 10 Design
    • 9 Ecosystem
    • 9 Features
    • 10 Performance
    Apple TV (2015)

    Best streaming device for Apple users

    If you've already invested in iTunes TV shows, movies and music, not to mention games on your iPhone or iPad, the updated Apple TV is worth the extra money. Siri voice commands and a best-in-class remote seal the deal.

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  • Google Chromecast (2015)

    Best value for phone-centric users

    If you can watch it on your phone or tablet or computer, the dirt-cheap Chromecast can probably put it on your TV. The downside? There's no separate remote, so you'll need your phone or tablet or computer to use it.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 7 Ecosystem
    • 6 Features
    • 8 Performance
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    CNET's Rating

    • 7 Design
    • 7 Ecosystem
    • 9 Features
    • 9 Performance
    Amazon Fire TV (2015)

    Best Amazon streamer with Ethernet

    Fire TV devices push Amazon stuff pretty hard, but maybe that's OK with you, or you like the games, or you want a cheap 4K streamer, or your Wi-Fi isn't great. Here's your box.

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