What You Need to Know When Shopping for a Video Streaming Device
HDTV Leaf Indoor Antenna ♥♥♥♥♥ (5/5) – Provides FREE access to locally broad-casted Over-the-Air (OTA) HD channels. Getfree HD streaming without cable. Before purchasing one you need to find out if you are within range of broadcasting towers and and if your TV has a DTV Tuner. For more details click here.Once your 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.
Extended Review: HD Without Cable – Using a Simple Indoor Antenna
PlayStation 3 (PS3) ♥♥♥♥♥ (5/5) – 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, its hands down the best value for you buck! $250
Extended Review: Hulu Plus and Netflix on PS3
Roku Streaming Player ♥♥♥♥♥ (5/5)– And now the Roku – 2, allows you to instantly stream 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 game play, it’s prices and user-friendliness makes it a great buy. $80
Extended Review: What is Roku?
TiVo Premiere DVR♥♥♥♥ (4/5) – Pause, rewind slow-mo, instant replay, or record two shows at once while watching a third. Connect it to the Internet through your home network and you have access to movies, TV shows, music videos, podcasts and more. With the stunning HD interface, browsing, exploring and discovering online programming is easier than ever. Access virtually any movie or TV show with Amazon Instant Video, Hulu (coming soon), and Netflix. $100
Extended Review: Dumping Direct TV for Tivo
Chromecast ♥♥♥♥♥ (5/5) Many of us already enjoy video entertainment from online sources such as YouTube, Netflix and Google Play, but without a video streaming device 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.
3D Blu-ray Disc Player ♥♥♥♥ (4/5) – Enjoy Blu-ray Disc movies in Full HD1080p and improve the quality of DVDs to near HD with a 3D-ready Blu-ray Disc Player. With BRAVIA Internet Video content, you can connect to the Internet and instantly stream a wide variety of movies, TV shows, videos and music from leading content providers including Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube, Slacker, and more. Great 1080p picture and good upconversion of dvds. Dont be afraid of 3D, this player will work even if you dont have a 3D TV. And with where technology is going this player will keep you current for several years to come. $150
Apple TV ♥♥♥ (3/5) – A digital media receiver that allows consumers to use an HDTV set to view photos, play music and watch video. The problem is it does not connect to older TV’s, and the amount of content available is very limited as it doesn’t support a full suite of video streaming providers such as Amazon, Hulu, and Pandora. The bottom line: the low price makes this a very popular impulse buy for people looking to bring Netflix into the living room, but if you spend some time researching you will find there are better options out there. $99
Xbox ♥♥♥ (3/5) – 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. $250
Boxee ♥♥ (2/5) Boxee is cheaper version of Google TV that can play back every file type imaginable, as well as stream internet videos through its browser + Flash player setup. In reality, it only does one of those things well; it is “Good at one thing, bad at everything else“. Boxee can handle any random video file you throw at it. It is a fantastic box for playing back downloaded video, and most likely the most robust file streamer out there. But there is no Hulu access (as of now), so what you are left with is Netflix and a mish-mash of random internet videos. Unless you torrent a lot of shows and movies and need one box to play back all the various formats, this box is not for you. $200
Streaming Videos Device Guide – Compare Devices and Platforms from: Apple, Boxee Blockbuster, ESPN, Hulu Plus, Logitech, MLB.TV, Netflix, Nintendo, Playstation 3, Roku, Seagate, Sony, Syabas, TiVo, Vudu, Western Digital, Xbox 360, and Zune.
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