Have you started to feel like you already missed the boat with regards to the streaming video revolution? If so, don’t worry at all. It is the perfect time to find out more about this new sensation and to actually get started with Internet streaming devices in your own home. There are new models available that are quite literally changing the way that people view their favorite shows and programs. And you can even save some money in the process by choosing the most affordable device for your current household entertainment needs.
There are lots of streaming providers – some free and some that cost you – but to get any of them, you need a streaming device to get started. Here are some of the top streaming TV devices you need to know about:
Amazon Fire TV
You are probably already familiar with retail giant Amazon.com. The Amazon Company is no longer just about selling physical goods online, though. They have launched one of the most successful streaming devices – the Amazon Fire TV. The most recent model streams video at 4K Ultra HD and even allows viewers to play video games on it. You can get access to up to 3,000 content channels. However, if you plan on gaming with it, you’ll have to shell out a bit of additional cash for a controller. The model that comes with a controller costs $139.99 the basic model costs $99.
Apple always has their fingers in the pot when it comes to cutting edge media services. As such, their new Apple TV is a sleek set-top streaming device that even lets you use Siri to allow you to find your favorite content online. Apple continues to increase its content offerings, and the included remote allows you to play video games online. You can also purchase an additional Bluetooth controller if you want to. The basic model costs just $69, while the most expensive model costs $199.
Google is not going to let Amazon and Apple be the only companies providing streaming TV devices to the masses. The company now offers its Chromecast stick to budget-minded media lovers. The Chromecast plugs directly into the HDMI port on your TV and allows you to “cast” content from your smartphone, tablet or PC directly onto the big screen. This streaming device does not have all of the bells and whistles of some of the other devices, but at a price of just $35, it is a good entry-level device for people who are just getting started with streaming Internet TV devices.
Roku may not be a familiar name to some, but this company is producing some of the most talked-about streaming devices on the market. From their basic Roku Stick to the new Roku 4, there is a streaming device from Roku that should fit anyone’s budget, while supplying all of the best online content you could ask for. Roku devices are easy to use, and range in price from $39.00 to $129.99.
There you have it – a detailed breakdown of all the most popular Internet TV streaming devices on the market. As streaming media continues to grow in popularity, you can rest assured that new devices will be hitting the market in the near future. For the time being, though, you can hop onboard with the streaming video revolution using one of the devices we just told you about above. With so many to choose from, and prices that run the gamut, there is sure to be a streaming device that is just right for you to enjoy all of your favorite online media content.