Video Streaming Devices

What is the Best Streaming Device Available? Lets take a Look.

Video Streaming Devices Review

Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to this question, as it really depends on what features you are looking for. So let’s take a look at all the most popular devices on the market, so that you can make an informed decision.



chromecastChromecast – Many of us already enjoy video entertainment from online sources such as YouTube, Netflix and Google Play, but without a video streaming box we are not able to watch it on our Televisions. To solve this problem, Google recently unveiled a new device, Chromecast, an affordable HDMI adapter that turns any TV into a Smart TV.
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Roku Streaming Stick vs ChromecastRoku Streaming Stick – Roku or Google – Which One is Better? At the end of the day, it really depends on what you’re looking for in a streaming device. If you want a no-hassle, ready-to-go out of box experience, then Roku is the device for you. If you want an open-platform device that effortlessly integrates all your content spread on your multiple devices, then it’s Chromecast all the way.
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Amazon Fire StickAmazon Fire Stick: This powerful little stick connects to your TV’s HDMI port just like the Roku Stick and Chromecast. All you need to do is plug it in and you can enjoy Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix,, Pandora, and much more.
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Roku Streaming Players Roku 1, 2, 3 and now 4, allows you to instantly streamWhat is Roku tons of entertainment on your TV. Watch over 100,000 movies and TV shows from Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, Hulu Plus and more. The all-new Roku XD delivers the highest quality HD video, in the smallest box, at the lowest price. No wonder Roku is the best selling streaming player ever. Even though the Roku does not have a Blu-ray disc drive, internet browsing capabilities or gameplay, it’s prices and user-friendliness makes it a great buy.
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Amazon Fire TVAmazon Fire TV – I think this quote best sums it up: “In reality, the Fire TV is a small, flat, matte black Trojan horse intended to sell you even more Amazon goods than you already buy. I prefer streaming that is content-neutral, or that at least allows me to find the best deal. This is not that box.” Molly Wood – New York Times
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WDTVWD TV – the new WD TV devices allow for Live TV broadcasts to be picked up and viewed on tablets or computers. The WD TV works with Internet streamer Hauppauge to allow live broadcasts to be picked up via the WD TV unit. Anyone who has a WD TV device with the hub hard drive can record the live broadcasts for later viewing. Live broadcasts includes sporting events as well as basic cable programming.
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Apple TVApple TV  – A digital media receiver that allows consumers to use an HDTV set to view photos, play music and watch video.  The bottom line: the low price makes this a very popular impulse buy for people looking to bring Netflix into the living room, but it is best suited for people that are already invested in Apple products (iPhone, iPad, Mac book).
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Nexus PlayerNexus Player  – was co-developed by Google and Asus and is a digital media player; as some would call a Video Streaming Device. The player runs on the Android 6.0 (“Marshmallow”) operating system, and it is the first device of it’s kind that employs the Android TV platform.  ~ As of May 2016 the Nexus Player seems to be out of stock everywhere I look. I am not sure if this means. Stay tuned.
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HDHomerunSilicondust HDHomeRun – a digital television tuner box that connects to your network, allowing you to stream video (including an OTA signal) to all your internet connected devices. Hint: DVR capabilities are coming soon…
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Hauppauge TV Tuner CardHauppauge TV Tuner Card – A TV Tuner Card allows you to pause, record, and of course watch an OTA signal on your PC.  This is an internal card that you would need to install inside a PC tower.
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Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner for Xbox OneHauppauge Digital TV Tuner for Xbox One – A digital USB TV Tuner stick that works with the Xbox One; allowing you to watch free over-the-air broadcast TV on your gaming device.
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Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner for Windows PCHauppauge Digital TV Tuner for Windows PC – A digital USB TV Tuner stick that plugs into your PC; allowing you to watch free over-the-air broadcast TV on your computer.
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Are they the Future of Home Entertainment? Everything is getting smarter today – home security systems, phones, TVs. New generation of TVs available today come ready to go without a cable connection, stocked with Netflix, Hulu, Vudu and other apps. Smart TV or web-connected TV sets are rapidly coming to market from likes of […]
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Roku TVRoku TV – Roku recently released a new form of Roku Player and it is called Roku TV.  The Roku TV is smart TV that brings the Roku experience to your television with no cable bill required.
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PlayStation 4: The gaming industry has advanced drastically sincePS4 Review the PS3 was released seven years ago, and the PS4 is the proof of that. From the streamlined look to the more inexpensive price, the PS4 proves that the gaming industry is moving forward at a truly fast pace.
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PS3PlayStation 3 (PS3 Review)  – This system delivers an experience beyond anything you know today. With a built-in Blu-ray Disc drive, PlayStation 3 video streaming invites you to a whole new generation in high-definition graphics and media capabilities. Whether your looking for the best games console, Blu-ray movies, music or online services, PlayStation 3 takes you where you’ve never dreamed possible – a place where you can play beyond. With access to over 100,000 movies and TV shows from Netflix, Hulu Plus and more, it’s hands down the best value for you buck! And one of my all time favorite digital streaming devices.
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xbox oneXbox One – The Xbox One is the newest game console, replacing the Xbox 360, to be released by Microsoft on Nov. 13, 2013. The device has been called an “all in one entertainment system,”… All in all, it looks like the Xbox One may be a force to be reckoned with as long as you are satisfied with purely streaming your video content. But at a price point of $500, unless you are a gamer, there are far less expensive cable TV alternative videos streaming devices out there.
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Xbox 360Xbox 360 – The Xbox is a video game console produced by Microsoft. It was Microsoft’s first foray into the gaming console market. Though this system will provide a great gaming experience and it’s ready for the controller-free experience of Kinect (motion sensor-driven – simply step in front of the Kinect and it recognizes you and responds to your gestures) it lacks in controller usability, it does not contain a Blu-ray player, and there is no Hulu access (though this may be changing soon). For these reasons I cannot suggest this console.
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LeafLeaf Indoor Antenna – Provides FREE access to locally broadcasted Over-the-Air (OTA) HD channels. Get free HD streaming without cable. Before purchasing one you need to find out if you are within range of broadcasting towers and if your TV has a DTV Tuner. Once you’re ready to get, the best antenna for your money is the paper-thin Leaf Indoor TV Antenna (by Mohu). Currently the #1 selling Indoor Antenna on Amazon. Takes 5 minutes to plugin and you’ll gain access to HD Broadcast TV for Free, with access to local television shows.
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Mohu SkySky Outdoor Antenna – The Sky’s unique design allows for easy mounting. This antenna includes a tightly integrated low noise state-of-the-art digital amplifier which greatly increases it’s signal range .
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*** Note: There are dozens of other antennas out there by various manufacturers… too many to list here. Do you research and figure out which one best fits your needs.


DVR + SmallChannel Master DVR+ – DVR Free Live TV With No Subscription Fee. One of the things cord cutters miss the most about cable is the awesome DVR (Digital Video Recorder) feature that many cable subscription packages come with. With a DVR, you never have to worry about missing your favorite show because you got home from work a little later than usual.
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Tivo Roamio OTATiVo Roamio OTA – If you are looking for a way to record OTA TV, the TiVo Roamio OTA could be a great choice due to its full set of features and easy-to-use interface. When purchasing you want to be sure to buy the lifetime service, or the monthly fee will add up quickly.
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TiVo Bolt ReviewTiVo Bolt – TiVo’s top tier iteration to the OTA DVR Streaming Box brings together your OTA signal, DVR and all your streaming options via a single smooth interface. No need to switch from device to device in order to find the show you want to watch.
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Tablo ReviewTablo – A OTA DVR that works seamlessly with your HDTV Antenna. Tablo is system designed to stream and record your Over-The-Air (OTA) TV broadcast signal, to  any device – anytime, anywhere in the world.
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Monster Standard RF SplitterMonster Standard RF Splitter – Effectively split your Cable TV and over-the-air antenna signals. These splitters allow you to break up your signal into three separate outputs, while losing minimal signal strength.
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Channel Master AmplifierChannel Master Distribution Amplifier – works to boost your digital TV and HDTV OTA broadcast signals, increasing their overall signal strength. This device comes in very handy when you dont have enough signal strength to get either a clear picture, or connect your antenna to multiple TVs.
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Channel Master Amplify Adjustable Gain PreAmplifier – Amplify Adjustable Gain PreamplifierProfessional grade, easy to install, TV antenna amplifier. By design, this PreAmplifier can boost signal strength on any Indoor or Outdoor Antenna on the market.
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Concerning the legality of set-top TV boxes that stream content for free, that is otherwise only available through subscription pay services.

In short, it is safe to say that anyone accessing content from a pirate site is involving themselves in unlawful behavior.

A few years back a spokeswoman from the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) said:  “If a device provides access to that content without a valid subscription from the recognized provider, then anyone using that device needs to be aware that they are accessing that content unlawfully.”

“Our strong advice to the public is to steer clear of any service other than the recognized provider which appears to be offering access to these channels and programs at a discounted cost.”

Because the jury is still out on this topic, we have decided to take the high road and not promote or discuss devices that seem to profit from providing access to illegally obtained content. 

** If you dont see the box you are looking for, please tell me about it in the comments section and I will do my best to add it. Also make sure you check out our Stream TV Scams page, as there are a lot of Streaming Boxes hitting the market that my readers have reported issues with.

Your comments are really appreciated.



47 thoughts on “Video Streaming Devices”

  1. Hi Nick =- thanks so much for reaching out. I admit i do need to look into RCA more.. and as for HTPC this is also something I really need to speak about. Thanks for the great ideas. I should have something about Plex on the site in the next month or so. But in the mean time – what can you tell us about ITX motherboards?

  2. Hello from a fellow cable cutter. I’ve been cable free for over 6 years now. I’ve been using OTA/Netfiix/Hulu/Amazon. To stream HTPC/DVR, Rokus in the bedrooms, and the RCA Streamers (great little bang for your buck, got mine for ~$22 on groupon) for the kids bedrooms.

    I wanted to Say a blurb about the RCA boxes. While they only do Netfix/YouTube/Hulu/Pandora/(maybe one more I’m forgetting), they do it in 1080 (kids’ TVs are only 720anyhow) They were great for the price, and easy to use menu for the kids.

    Also, I think for the more advanced techy, you should do some write ups on the HTPC. With the ITX motherboards, you can get a very small case and great for using with downloaded movies/plex. I still have the honken huge receiver sized full atx case, but I also double it up as a server for storage space as well.

  3. Catherine Heinsohn-Hamrick No problem. That is what we are here for. Please help spread the word by sharing our content on your favorite social platforms. And as always, please come back and ask for help as questions come up, or just to give us a status update. Our readers love to hear from other people in similar situations as themselves.

  4. KilltheCableBill thank you for responding! the Comcast is the best we have had and the kids r always watching Netflix on the PS3 downstairs with very few problems if any, so I would imagine the speed is good. I am upgrading for a twice as fast speed with Comcast. Thank you again for having such a great place to come for answers.

  5. Maurice Andrews Not that I am aware of. But i think with all the press that Aereo generated, i expect new companies to come out of the wood work – over the next few years – looking to take advantage of the huge demand for such a service. One thing I reccommend is reading comments by Joshua Peck on this article: He uses a service called USATVNOW combined with PlayOn scripts – and is reporting great success.

  6. Hi Catherine Heinsohn-Hamrick – thanks for reaching out. Roku is just a streaming box that gives you access to streaming services. Some streaming services have commercials and some do not. For example: Netflix = No Commercials, Hulu = Commercials. Secondly, Roku will work with any internet connection you have. The only thing you want to confirm, is that you have a fast enough internet speed to support video play back online. Hope this helps! please check back in soon.

  7. hey Dave – loved reading this article and the comments- I have Comcast intranet and DISH, and am contemplating a ROKU cause I am fine with seeing everything later – i usually record and watch later on purpose to zip thru the commercials – with ROKU are there commercials in the programs you watch or are the shows and movies commercial free? also I actually just do not know if comcast is broadband or satellite – will ROKU work with either/or?

  8. Hi Renee – thanks for the kind words. I really appreciate that.
    As for Roku – yes I have a great post you need to read:

    After that i think the first thing you should do is find out if an Antenna will work for you. Using an Antenna you can access major network channels in HD for free. Read this posts in the Over-the-Air Broadcasting section to learn more:

    Then check back in with me and let me know what questions you have.

  9. Just stumbled across your site…best site I've seen on the subject.

    I am looking at either completely ridding myself of cable or at least having just a basic service. Living in an apartment, my solutions seem to be somewhat limited and I'm just beginning to research options.

    I had been looking at the Amazon Fire instead of Roku or similar devices. Have you any information on it? I already have an Amazon Prime account and stream movies on my Kindle, so was wondering about their device and service. Thanks for any help you can render. PS: You're site is bookmarked on my laptop…will be coming back often!!! 🙂

  10. Wow what an offer. thanks Steven. Folks – you would be wise to take Steven up on his offer. He is a true pioneer for the cord cutting movement and really knows his stuff.

  11. cable tv is way too high ,am thinking of roku, but need to know what i will be able to watch and do i need a monthly movie streaming program /

  12. If there is anyone here who is from Canada that would like to know how to get American content on their streaming devices in Canada feel free to send me a message and I will help you on a one-on-one basis…

  13. If there is anyone here who is from Canada that would like to know how to get American content on their streaming devices in Canada feel free to send me a message and I will help you on a one-on-one basis…

  14. Hey John – thanks for reaching out. First of all, YES get a leaf or one of the many other MOHU antennas. (you get 10% off by using our links by the way) As for streaming content to your TV you have several options: laptop with HDMI out, gaming system (ps3), or a set top box like Roku. As for which one will work best for you, that really depends on your budget and viewing preferences. If you like to play video games, then get a ps3. If you like simplicity and easy navigation, the Roku is great. If you are looking to stream downloaded movies in addition to services like Hulu, and Netflix, a Laptop works really well. Please take some time to read through our site – as we aim to answer these exact questions in detail. And if you need any more help deciding please dont hesitate to post more questions.

  15. Broadband you are absolutely correct. Mohu makes the best antennas on the market and if you link to their site using any of my Mohu links you automatically get 10% off your purchase!

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