It’s 2017 people. That means that cable is slowly starting to fade, and media streaming is taking the throne. Today, we’ll list the best streaming media players of the new year so you can choose what works best for your needs.
1 Amazon Fire TV
Amazon’s very own media player is one of the most premiere devices and best sellers on the market. Choose between the Fire TV box or stick depending on your needs. The box version supports 4K Ultra HD, while the stick offers the most simple yet effective media streaming out there. Enjoy 7,000 apps and games with the ability to search over 300,000 TV episodes on Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu and more.
Even if you don’t have cable this sleek black box can deliver the best of live TV with a subscription to a variety of providers. Fire TV has blazing fast Wi-Fi, loads of storage space and voice activated features that allow you to control content and even get food delivered to your door!
2 Roku Premiere
Similar to Amazon Fire, Roku offers a few different media player models depending on your needs. The premiere is the most popular and for good reason. It delivers crisp and detailed images with vibrant colors that are sure to impress. It’s got tons of access and is compatible with Netflix, Hulu, Pandora and more. As a special bonus, Roku provides you with a free mobile app that allows you to voice search, share photos, and enable private listening on headphones all through your phone!
3 NVIDIA Shield TV
As we make our way down the list, the NVIDIA is sure to provide exceptional performance for games, music, TV and more. Explore thousands of apps for video watching needs and enjoy your favorite PC games on this 4K HDR compatible device! Plus get exclusive access to tons of Android games with the all-new redesigned controller!
4 Sony PlayStation 4
Moving more into the gaming spectrum of media streamers, it’s impossible to overlook Sony’s classic system. The PS4 not only offers top-of-line gaming access with breathtaking HD display, it also delivers high quality media streaming through TV and music apps. All of which are at the your fingertips with their lightweight controller.
5 Xbox One
Rivaling Sony in the gaming realm, is Microsoft’s Xbox One. Essentially offering the same features as the PS4, your decision will come down to few different factors. First it comes down to your preference on Sony’s or Microsoft’s exclusive games. The second factor is if you own a Windows computer, you may want to stick with Xbox because it is easier to sync all of your photos, games, music etc. with one cloud account. Other than that, Xbox delivers the same quality of streaming as PlayStation.
6 TiVo Bolt
Next on our list is the smooth curved white design of the TiVo Bolt. TiVo stays true to it’s strengths by allowing you to record four shows at once and up 75 hours of HD programming and Streaming apps such as Netflix, Pandora and HBO GO are already programed onto the device and high definition is a given. They have also added several modes that allow you to skip commercials with one button and watch shows 30% faster with pitch-corrected audio.
7 Sony BDPS3700 Blu-Ray Player with Wi-Fi
Maybe you don’t need Sony’s fancy gaming system. Well look into this reliable Wi-Fi enabled Blu-Ray player for your media streaming needs. Dual-band wireless connectivity allows you to stream from popular apps with full HD quality. It even includes Dolby TrueHD and dots-Master Audio for optimal sound quality.
8 TCL 32S3800 Roku Smart LED TV
Roku also carries another powerhouse in streaming media players in the form of a television. 32 inches of LED HD quality for $170 is hard to beat. Smart functionality allows you to hop between streaming apps effortlessly. Remote, batteries and a TV stand all come with this package.
9 Samsung UBD-K8500 3D Wi-Fi Blue Ray Player
You read that right. A 3D, Wi-Fi Blu-Ray player. It doesn’t get much better than that people. Although it may be a little bit more on the pricey side of media streamers, Samsung’s product will cover all of your needs with dual-band wireless capability. It supports 4K HD quality and is also equipped with DTS-HD Master Audio.
10 Slingbox M2
The Slingbox M2 is a perfect fit for anyone who has or wants to hold on to their cable or satellite provider. It allows 100% control of all the channels you pay for with live and recorded features from your tablet, phone or laptop. For a hundred bucks, it just can’t be beat.