Media streaming has become a very popular way to watch movies and TV shows, listen to music and so much more. Many have decided to choose media streaming devices instead of paying for cable or dealing with regular TV. Here are some of the top devices and the pros and cons for each.
Roku 1, 2 and 3
Roku is a media streaming device you may not be very familiar with because it doesn’t have the big name of Google, Apple or Amazon behind it. However, it may be the best choice for you. Choose from Roku 1, 2 or 3 and receive more apps than any other streaming device out there.
With Roku, you gain access to more than 1,200 apps such as YouTube, Netflix, Pandora, MLB.TV, Showtime Anytime and so many more. The user interface is very simple, as well. If you’re looking for one of the easiest streaming devices, Roku may just be the right choice for you.
Price: $49.99 (Roku 1), $69.99 (Roku 2), $99.99 (Roku 3)
One of the major pros of Google Chromecast is the very low price of just $39. This makes it easy to get a ton of streaming options for super cheap. However, Google Chromecast isn’t a stand-alone media streamer. It only comes with a short list of apps, which could have you wishing you chose a different media streaming device.
One of the top choices for your streaming needs is Apple TV. This streaming device isn’t the cheapest, but it does provide access to a ton of content. You will be able to get just about anything you can imagine when it comes to movies and TV shows for one subscription price. You can also store files and even physical discs with Apple TV.
Some of the most popular apps you will get with Apple TV include Sirius, RDIO and Netflix. You can also watch regular TV and listen to regular radio without any restrictions. You won’t have to worry about any interruptions or ads with Apple TV, either.
Even with a powerful streaming system like Apple TV, there are some limitations. The content isn’t always the freshest and it depends on the agreement made by Apple with content providers. The connection can also be a struggle if you don’t have a strong internet connection. You may find that you need more data with your internet, as well.
Price: Starts at $69
Other Streaming Options
A few other media streaming devices to consider include:
- Amazon Fire TV Stick – A very affordable option and great for traveling. Has 4x the storage and 2x the memory as Google Chromecast. ($39)
- Amazon Fire TV – More expensive than the stick, but a good choice for those wanting to stream content at home. ($99)
- Boxee Box – Doesn’t give you access to a ton of content, but does provide access to Netflix and a few other apps. ($190)
- WD TV Live – Provides plenty of inputs and outputs, along with many apps, but many have also said this streaming device loads very slowly.
There are many choices when it comes to media streaming devices. If you’re ready to cut the cord with your cable or satellite company, choosing a streaming device is a step in the right direction.