A Brief Overview of Streaming Devices
Below is a list of some of the most popular streaming devices available today. In addition to this list there are also television monitors with built-in streamers however I’m only listing popular plug and play devices. I have only personally used the Roku (2 & 3) and the Sony Playstation 3 for streaming. I recommend getting a streaming device or stick over a gaming console because the transition from traditional TV to streaming is much easier (not to mention faster and less expensive). With a gaming device you have to navigate through several menus with clunky controllers to start streaming versus just turning on the TV and selecting the channel with a sleek remote.
- Sony Playstation Console
- Nintendo Wii
- Microsoft XBOX – requires an XBOX Live membership at an additional cost
Plug and Play Streamers
- Google Chromecast – around $40
- Apple TV – between $65 – $85 (with accessories). If you currently use several Apple devices in your household you should definitely look into this option.
- Amazon Fire TV stick ($40) or box ($100)
- Roku – The Roku stick is the least expensive option at around $50 (about $35 for certified refurbished). Roku
also just released their new, top of the line Roku 4 ($130) that has all the bells and whistles you’d ever need including a lost remote finder! I have a Roku 3 ($90-$100) in our living room and a Roku 2 ($65) in my bedroom. Several of the Roku devices (Roku 2-4) have a headphone jack which is great for me because I can quietly listen to my shows when I’m working out on my noisy elliptical machine instead of blasting the volume way up. For picture quality, ease of use and general speed I highly recommend the Roku 3 – especially if you plan on streaming children’s shows on Netflix. Read my Netflix section on the next page for more info about this.