Video Streaming Devices

What is the Best Streaming Device?

Depends on what your requirements are. Let’s take a look at your options

VIDEO STREAMING BOX / STREAMINDEVICES

Best Streaming DeviceMohu Channels – The recently released Mohu Channels offers cordcutters the opportunity to combine all of their favorite video services and OTA signals into a single, polished interface. If you are in the market for a one-stop option for all of your cordcutting needs, Mohu Channels is a worthy contender for its centralized approach to OTA and streaming content.
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Chromecast – 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 vs Chromecast – A Streaming Stick Review – Roku or Google – Which One is Better? At the end of the day, what really matter is 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. At the end of the day, you honestly can’t go wrong with either one; what really matter is what you’re looking for in a video streaming box.
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Roku Streaming Player And now the Roku – 2, 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 game play, 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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Tivo Roamio OTATiVo Roamio OTA – If you are looking for a cheap device for OTA recording and the pricy recurring fees aren’t an issue, the TiVo Roamio OTA could be a great choice due to its full set of features and easy-to-use interface. For everyone else, however, there  are better options out there.
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DIGITAL STREAMING DEVICESTiVo Premiere DVR 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.
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WDTVWDTV – the new WDTV devices allow for Live TV broadcasts to be picked up and viewed on tablets or computers. The WDTV works with Internet streamer Hauppauge to allow live broadcasts to be picked up via the WDTV unit. Anyone who has a WDTV 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 TV  – 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.
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Smart TVs – Is it the Future for 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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GAMING & VIDEO STREAMING DEVICES

PlayStation 4 (PS4 Review): 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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PlayStation 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, its 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 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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ANTENNAS

HDTV Leaf Indoor Antenna ♥♥♥♥♥ (5/5) – Provides FREE access to locally broad-casted 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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OVER-THE-AIR DVRs

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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Do you agree or disagree with any of my reviews on digital streaming devices or antennas?

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  • http://www.killthecablebill.com/ KilltheCableBill

    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?

  • nick

    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.

  • http://www.killthecablebill.com/ KTCB

    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.

  • http://www.killthecablebill.com/ KTCB

    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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