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The Top 7 Streaming Devices [To Satisfy Your Binging Needs]

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We’d be lying to ourselves if we said we don’t thoroughly enjoy a good TV binge session every once in a while. Have you ever gotten that pop-up from Netflix that says, “Are you still watching?” Chances are, if the show is good, the answer is yes.

No matter what your streaming service of choice is, you need a top-notch streaming device to watch your favorite movies and tv shows. Smart TVs are great and all, but they don’t always offer the same functionalities as a streaming stick.

From gamers to movie lovers and everyone in between, here are the top seven streaming devices to satisfy all the binging you could imagine.

Google Chromecast with Google TV

It might have taken a bit for Google to get into the streaming device game, but with the upgrade to Google Chromecast with Google TV, it is probably one of the most straightforward interfaces to navigate. With over 6,500 Android TV apps, you can stream pretty much anything you want, from new movies on Peacock to the Disney classics. If you want to use your streaming device for fitness videos, you can do that too! They have Nike Training, Adidas Training, Peloton and more.

And if you are still rocking the Chromecast ultra, now might be a time for an upgrade to a new Chromecast.

Price: $49.99 

Ports: HDMI and USB-C

Features: 

  • Over 6,500 apps
  • Crystal clear 4K HDR Video
  • Remote included
  • Google Assistant voice search
  • Easy to organize
  • Over 400,000 movies and TV shows
  • Supports Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital Plus

Apple TV 4K

If you are one of those people who can’t imagine using anything else but Apple, you are in luck. The Apple TV 4K is definitely not a budget-friendly streaming device, but would you expect it to be?

With its meticulous iOS integrations, you can easily connect all your other Apple devices to your streaming device. You can sync your favorite iTunes playlist to your streaming device and have a living room dance party whenever your heart desires. And then once you are tired you can get back to binge-watching Game of Thrones.

Price: $179.99 or $199.99

Ports: USB and HDMI

Features:

  • Available in 32GB or 64GB
  • Siri remote included
  • Supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos
  • AirPlay features to connect your iPad or iPhone to the TV
  • Free Apple Music for 4 months
  • Free 30-day Showtime Trial
  • Free Apple News for 4 months

Roku Streaming Stick+

With a long-range wireless receiver, the Roku Streaming Stick+ is the perfect streaming device to use on your outdoor TV, in a big basement or bringing along on your next vacation. It is compatible with iOs and Android devices plugging into your HDMI TV port, meaning you don’t need a smart TV to use it, making setup so easy your Grandma could figure it out.

With thousands of apps and channels, you can stream anything from HBO to Amazon Prime Video to Showtime and more.

If you are looking to up your home entertainment game, you can upgrade to a Roku Ultra, which comes with a voice control remote finder, headphone jack, micro SD and more. If you are looking for something more simple, you can opt for a Roku express.

And if you really want it to seem like you are at the theaters, you’ll want to grab a Roku Streambar with a subwoofer for your new soundbar system. Roku gives you lots of options for your streaming needs.

Price: $49.99

Ports: HDMI and USB

Features: 

  • More than 5,000 channels
  • Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Built-in WiFi
  • 4K HDR
  • Apple AirPlay compatible
  • Supports Dolby Atmos and 4K HDR10
  • Remote included

Nvidia Shield TV Pro

As the most expensive streaming device on this list, the Nvidia Shield TV Pro can do it all. If you are searching for a streaming device that also integrates with your thermostat, security cameras and more. It’s also the best streaming device if you are looking for something to use GeForce Now gaming platform. Equipped with all your go-to streaming apps and then some, like YouTube TV, Playstation Vue, Sling TV and more.

Once you level up with this robust streaming box, you are never going to look back.

Price: $324 

Ports: 2 USB-A ports and Gigabit Ethernet HDMI 2.0b with HDCP 2.2 and CEC support

Features:

  • Ample amount of storage
  • Live TV and live sports streaming
  • Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Supports Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision
  • Voice commands
  • Remote control included (add on controller for additional cost)
  • Best streaming device for gamers

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Fire TV Stick 4K

The Fire TV Stick 4K from Amazon is the perfect compact streaming device. You can ditch all of your remotes because the remote it comes with will control the TV, volume and streaming functions, making it even easier to navigate. Nothing is worse than having a remote to turn on the TV, one of the volume and another to navigate your streaming services.

This streaming device is also excellent for connecting to other smart home features, like checking your baby nursery camera, front door camera, ordering delivery and more. All you have to do is sit back and relax and give a few voice commands!

The Fire TV Stick 4K comes with many add ons if you are interested. They have a Fire TV Stick 4K with an Echo dot, Fire TV Stick 4K with accessories and a Fire TV Stick 4K with Food Network kitchen, depending on your needs. If you are looking for something a little more simple, you can always opt for the budget-friendly Fire TV Stick Lite.

Price: $49.99

Ports: HMDI and micro USB

Features:

  • Alexa voice remote
  • Over 100 different channels
  • Over 500,000 movies and TV shows
  • Bluetooth compatible with speakers, video game controllers, headphones and more
  • Supports Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR 10
  • 8 GB of storage
  • 4K HDR video
  • Free cloud storage for Amazon content
  • Low power mode to conserve energy
  • 1-year warranty
  • Smart home compatible

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TiVo Stream 4K

As far as streaming devices go, the TiVo Stream 4K is exceptionally reasonably priced. With its easy to use HDMI dongle, you can sync your regularly watched shows easily. TiVo has everything from Disney+, HBO Max, Peacock, Netflix and more.

If you are a live TV junkie and can’t miss things like the morning news or your evening sitcom-like This is Us, a TiVo Stream 4K might be the best streamer for your family. This is just like the DVR you know and love, but better.

Price: $39

Ports: USB-C and HDMI

Features:

  • Voice remote
  • 4K UHD, Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision HDR
  • Built-in Chromecast
  • Over 5,000 apps with Google Play
  • Compatible with Google Assistant
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Android TV streaming media player

Amazon Fire TV Cube 

It is no surprise there is another Fire TV device on this list. The Amazon Fire TV Cube is a little more robust than the Fire TV Stick. It is an Echo, IR emitter and a Fire TV Stick all in one device with a much faster processor than any other Amazon streaming device.

With its Alexa plugin, you can control the lights, volume and check the weather all from the comfort of your couch.

Like the Fire Stick, you can add on the Food Network Kitchen to your Amazon Fire TV Cube.

Price: $119.99

Ports: HDMI and micro USB

Features:

  • Alexa voice control
  • 16 GB storage
  • Over 500,000 movies and TV shows
  • Play music with Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora and more
  • Supports Dolby Atmos and surround sound
  • Dolby Vision, HDR10+ and HDR
  • 4K HDR video
  • Built-in privacy controls
  • Built-in speaker for Alexa even when the TV is off
  • Easily switch TV inputs
  • Bluetooth connectivity
 

Streaming devices are a must-have for watching your favorite TV shows, movies or playing your specialty curated playlist on Spotify.

Things to consider before buying your streaming device are what port you need for setup, like a USB port or an HDMI port and make sure your TV is compatible. They do not all come with an HDMI cable, so make sure to understand what comes in your streaming device ecosystem package.

If you want to sync with your mobile device and playback some of your favorite tunes, there is a streaming device for that. If you want to watch your movies with surround sound, you will want a quality soundbar.

Enjoy your hours of binge-watching, and don’t forget there are some fitness streaming options too if you need to move your body and get the blood flowing in-between seasons of The Great British Baking Show.

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Christine Devereaux Evangelista

Christine Devereaux Evangelista

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