Samsung Smart TV
One of the easiest and most hassle free ways to get your streaming media content without the hassle of a separate device is a Samsung Smart TV. Samsung Smart TV’s have your favorite streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, and Amazon Instant Video built right in so you can just use your TV remote and watch whatever you like over your wireless internet connection.
Amazon Fire TV
Amazon Fire TV is retail giant Amazon’s first venture into having their own streaming media player to go along with their Amazon Prime Instant Video streaming media service it is possible to make Amazon your one stop shop for online content. I haven’t had a chance to get one of these for review yet but everything I have read is very positive. I am particularly interested to know how well it handles gaming with the optional video game controller.
The Roku 3 is the premiere device for streaming media for people that have chosen to get rid of cable. It has access to over 700 different channels including the major ones like Amazon Instant, Netflix, and Hulu+ as well as hundreds of other channels for movies, news, sports, tv, live events and every other interest you can imagine . For around $100 there just isn’t a better value for your streaming media needs. If you are serious in your decisions to get rid of cable the Roku 3 is the place to start.
Starting with the Apple II, continuing on to the iPod, and progressing to the iPhone Apple has been the leader in creating revolutionary technology for decades. Now they are continuing this trend with the Apple TV streaming media player. Apple TV brings the same quality we have come to expect from Apple for decades.
Google Chromecast is a streaming media stick that can plug directly into the HDMI port on your TV and offers many of the same streaming options as larger devices for a fraction of the cost. Streaming Media sticks are an emerging market and Google Chromecast is going to be a player for sure.
Another competitor in the streaming media stick market is the Roku 3500R. This streaming media stick has much of the functionality of the Roku 3 for roughly half the price. It is extremely compact and great for people that travel heavily or have a wall mounted TV as it plugs right into the HDMI port and doesn’t leave any ugly wires visible. The Roku3500R is quickly becoming the preferred streaming media stick.