Best Streaming Device: Best Devices to Use on Netflix, Stream, Amazon and More

If you're a cord-cutter - or you plan to be in the future - a streaming device to watch movies and TV shows and stream music is a must. For people with older smart TVs, and those who want a reliable way to stream, you just can't beat the value, performance, and convenience of a streaming device.

Now, however, the term streaming device is rather vague. These days, laptops, computers, phones, tablets, consoles and just about every internet-connected device is capable of receiving YouTube, Netflix and Hulu and more - but what sets streaming devices apart like Roku Ultra, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV only in that they are designed for streaming players. Their jobs to bring you content.

In this regard, we believe that the best streaming devices are those that have the best user interfaces with little or no time span, capable of playing the video of almost every major streaming service and staying up to date when a new release comes out.

We are here to help you make your next buying decision the best rated top consoles in two categories - for 4K TVs and for full HD TVs – and tell you which one will best fit your home entertainment center.

The Best Streaming Devices for 4K TVs

In years past, it's incredibly easy to choose the best 4K streaming device. Because, well, there were only two of them on the market.

These days there are a ton of 4K streaming devices. And while each is capable of pushing millions of data points to the TV, they are not exactly the same in terms of their content libraries and format support. So we looked at the amount of content available on the system - not just in terms of the number of apps, but also in terms of quality, as well as the feature set, convenience, and potential for growth in the coming year.

Unfortunately, with so many new streamers to choose from, however, some great 4K streaming boxes have been squeezed out of our favorites. super talented Google Chromecast and ultra just does not get on the podium, as Roku Ultra do and even one xbox. However, it is clear that the remaining trio is the best streaming box for 4K and HDR content.

At three times the cost of entry-level 4K and HDR streaming players, NVIDIA Shield (2019) isn't cheap, but it's an incredibly powerful streaming player, thanks to its advanced AI upscaling technology and support for HDR10 and Dolby vision content. With it, you'll also get a newly redesigned shield remote that's been redesigned to be more user-friendly and the latest version of Android TV that acts as the gateway to Nvidia's game-streaming service, GeForce now.

But the main feature that puts it miles ahead of the competition is the new AI zoom feature, which is one of the coolest features in any streaming device. It is powered by a neural network that has been fed thousands of hours of footage and can extremely sharpen content, making HD content from the last 20 years look like it was filmed earlier this year with a 4K video camera. It's wild.

It has a few limitations - most notably that it doesn't have an Apple TV on there and costs a bit more than a Roku streaming stick - but you get what you pay for here.

Read our full review: Nvidia Shield (2019)

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Yes, it's locked into the Apple ecosystem, but iPhone users love the tvOS operating system, which just looks flawless. It packs in pixels and looks sharper than ever, while the run-of-the-mill A10X processor navigates and loads apps quickly.

Whether you go for 32GB or 64GB version storage, each streaming application you might think is here, with one glaring omission; no Amazon Prime video. However, we like room in 4K with HDR in our movies in the iTunes app, which makes it easier to explore hi-res videos. Dolby vision is a real asset that several other streaming devices support now (with Dolby Atmos to follow, we've already said), just impressive is the versatile search and addition of Apple Music, the latest one that makes Apple TV a literate machine as well as a top-tier movie streamer. And the integration of branded Apple homemade smart home appliances may be a feature to look at. Our only criticism is that Siri makes too many mistakes.

Read the full review: 4K TVs (2017)

While it may not match the AI ​​upscaling NVIDIA Shield or Apple TV 4K usability, the New Fire TV Cube is by far our favorite Amazon streaming device – better in many ways than the Amazon Fire TV Cube that was released in 2017 and every Amazon fire TV box in front of him.

For the 2019 version of Cube, the processor upgrade and the inclusion of Dolby Vision audio are great new additions and, despite some shortcomings, help solidify Cube's place as one of the top streaming players to be released this year.

Yes, technically speaking, you could do just about anything fire a TV cube with an Amazon Echo Dot and an Amazon Fire TV 4K stick, but the processor-powered hexacore box moves faster and creates less frustration. It's a cliché to say, but the Fire TV Cube is more than the sum of its parts.

Read the full review: Amazon Fire TV Cube (2019)

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If you're still investing in a 4K TV, streaming devices deal in 4K, HDR and Dolby vision/ambiance optics and no more is specified for your needs. So roll up the high prices for 4K streamers and head to the discount department, where you'll find some great value streamers for all the same content, just in fewer pixels. It also comes with miniaturization; Either look for a full high definition 1080p streamer quickly turning into the 'best dongle' dogfight.

Google is almost not giving away its flagship streaming device. Essentially, the app is an incredibly obvious device you should consider if you have a full HD 1080p TV… and don't subscribe to Amazon Prime Video. One of the easiest ways to stream video on any TV, this puck plugs into the HDMI port on the back of the TV, is powered by micro USB, and is controlled by your smartphone.

No remote control then. And even the user interface. However, it's devilishly easy to use; fire-in compatible apps (which now has an efficient universal search function) on any smartphone, and press the 'throw' button to immediately stream content to the big screen. Easy. Whatever is on your phone, or accessed through apps on your phone, can be streamed to your TV. What makes it very different from its main competitors in performance and it outperforms Amazon Fire TV devices thanks to its new and improved 802.11ac Wi-Fi antenna.

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There are thousands of Chromecast apps that come with a cast button built in, from Netflix, HBO to Spotify, NFL Sunday Ticket, Tide and Twitch here in the US to Supermarket Movies and TV, Blinkbox, Sports, NowTV, Napster and of course BBC iPlayer and BBC Sports in the UK. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

However, there is one small problem; If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, you won't be able to watch the service on a Google streaming stick – Amazon's mobile app doesn't support Google's cast functionality.

Read the full review: Google Chromecast devices

Amazon's Fire TV set-top box doesn't have to be a top-of-the-line streamer company, but just because you're buying a budget streaming stick doesn't mean you have to accept a slow interface and meager apps. The stick is designed to connect directly to the HDMI port on the back of your TV, the Amazon Fire TV Stick interface - including its Alexa voice search via Alexa Voice Remote - is punchy and fast, and allows you to access most of the apps you would need on on a regular basis.

What will happen to Amazon Video and Netflix. With these two apps, it's almost flawless, and if you're just looking at Amazon or Netflix content, then the interface is a dream come true. It's fast, the voice search works well, and it's easy to find what you want to watch. However, as an enterprise in a niche, streaming services and stick functionality is much more straightforward, offering only a custom interface for each application rather than the functionality of its portal. The basics for a solid streaming device, but it's a bit too controversial to be the ideal budget streamer. Oh, and it doesn't have access to YouTube, thanks to a corporate dispute between Amazon and Google.

Read the full review: Amazon fire tv stick

If you're using an iPhone and not a 4K TV, older TVs from 2015 will be just fine. All about Apple; you'll be shown the latest hits on iTunes movie and TV showcases, and be directed to music for all your audio needs. It can be a bit overwhelming if you're not used to Apple's lush, content-rich financial minefield, but anyone who's used an iPhone or iTunes in the past few years will be able to navigate (although a finicky remote won't help).

However, find the epicenter of the new Apple TV app store and you'll enter the world of streaming video apps (HBO Now, Showtime Anytime, Netflix and Hulu are all here) and many of the top sports apps including, NHL GameCenter live , League Pass and watch ESPN.

OK, so it's expensive for a streamer that doesn't deal in anything above full 1080p high definition, and besides, it concentrates mostly on Apple's own video stores to find content. However, taken individually, it's good - if aging - a streaming video player that's perfect for iPhone owners with full HD 1080p TV who want to stream and enjoy a little twisted awesome.

Read the full review: Apple TV

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