Best Streaming Devices to take your TV Experience to the Next Level

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Many people might be happy with watching movies and TV shows on a regular TV with a set-top box, and indeed, the graphics and quality of content today is much better than ever. But the biggest problem with this method remains the schedule. You should tune in at the right time and make do with whatever is being played on the TV when you tune in.

Not anymore!

In today’s world, more and more people have started opting for a convenient way of watching video content – through streaming.

Streaming is definitely the best way today to access high-quality video content through apps on your smartphone or tablet that either uses your mobile data or connects to the Wi-Fi. But the biggest issue with this is the screen. Your smartphone’s screen is way too small and it doesn’t really offer a great viewing experience.

Best Streaming Devices – Changing the way people watch TV

This is where streaming devices or casting devices come in and save the day! These gadgets only need power and a fast Wi-Fi connection to fetch online content from premium streaming services, giving you access to a massive catalog of high-quality video content that includes movies, TV shows, and more while enjoying the best viewing experience on your TV screen.

Here are five of the best media streaming devices that you can purchase and take your TV experience to the next level –

Amazon Fire TV Stick

What makes the Fire TV Stick different from other devices is that it comes with a voice remote (Alexa), so you can just give commands like, “Hey Alexa, give me recommendations on action movies” or “Fast forward 2 minutes” and the command will be accepted.

Amazon Fire TV Stick
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It’ll also come with 8 GB of storage that can be expanded to 200 GB. The device will be great for people who swear by Amazon Prime Video, as you’ll get unlimited access to movies and TV shows available on it. You can also use Hotstar and Netflix – that’s where Amazon Fire TV Stick steals a march on its competition.

Key features

  • Easy to set up
  • Alexa voice remote
  • Content from smartphone, tablet, or laptop can be mirrored on TV
  • Access to prime video, Netflix, Hotstar, Apple TV, and more
  • Parental control

Pros

  • Easily affordable
  • Dolby vision
  • Supports 4K with HDR10
  • Alexa voice control
  • High and quick Wi-Fi streaming range
  • Best menu navigation

Cons

  • No Ethernet adapter
  • No Google play apps

Price – ₹3,999

 

Roku Streaming Stick Plus

This one is a great casting device but it comes with certain catches. It doesn’t officially operate in India, so you’ll have to import it from the USA when you’re purchasing it online, which means the price will be doubled. Secondly, unless you use an authentic VPN, some of the available services won’t work, even though Amazon Prime Video and Netflix will still work.

Roku Streaming Stick Plus
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Its design does prevent it from fitting in the HDMI ports, so you’ll probably require an extension cable (available for free in the USA). It’ll come with a nifty remote control but you’ll be better off purchasing something that is officially certified in India.

Key features

  • It features HD, 4K, and HDR
  • Great connectivity
  • Streams Netflix, Prime Video, HBO NOW, and more
  • Compatible with Ethernet port and dual-band wireless

Pros

  • Quick performance
  • Supports HDR

Cons

  • A bit expensive
  • No voice assistance

Price –₹6,548

 

Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast gives you a massive bang for your buck. This is a great media streaming device that can be plugged into your TV’s HDMI port and boom, you’re ready to go. It is very easy to use and you can easily enjoy tons of great movies and TV shows on Netflix and Hotstar.

Google Chromecast

Key features

  • Access to applications like Netflix, YouTube, Hotstar, SonyLiv, and more
  • Higher hardware speed
  • Google Assistant support
  • Compatible with Android smartphones, iPhones, Mac, Windows, and Chrome book

Pros

  • Compact
  • Great design
  • Ethernet port for reliable 4K streaming

Cons

  • Doesn’t offer support for Amazon Prime

Price – ₹3,399

 

Apple TV 4K

Apple TV is another exciting casting device that you’ll fall in love with. It comes with a remote that has a touch surface that is very responsive. You’ll have Hotstar and Netflix but it does miss out on Amazon Prime Video. You’ll need an iTunes account for using Apple TV 4K.  Some might find it a bit cumbersome as it isn’t that intuitive to use. Apple TV 4K comes in two versions – 32 GB and 64 GB.

Apple TV 4K
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Key features

  • Easy remote access
  • HDMI, Ethernet ports
  • 32/64 GB of storage
  • Watch your favorite movies and shows on Netflix, Hotstar, and HBO with easy streaming
  • Great gaming platform
  • Rechargeable battery

Pros

  • Great streaming quality
  • Affordable
  • High storage capacity

Cons

  • A bit costly
  • Doesn’t support Amazon Prime Video

Price – ₹13,500 (32 GB version) and ₹17,900 (64 GB version)

 

Xiaomi Mi Box 4K

One of the best and most affordable media streaming devices, Xiaomi Mi Box 4K will offer diverse apps and games, making it a great all-round performer. It is compact, easy to install, and the picture quality will blow you away. You can easily plug it into the HDMI port and stream movies and TV shows. It is loaded with a quad-core processor to offer faster and better programming.

Xiaomi Mi Box 4K

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Key features

  • Compact design
  • Easy to install
  • 4K and HDR streaming
  • Can allot 5000 apps
  • Quad-core high-speed processor
  • 8 GB internal storage

Pros

  • Easily affordable
  • Portable
  • High performance

Cons

  • None

Price – ₹3,499

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