Buying the Best TV Streaming Device -- Savings Experiment

Buying the Best TV Streaming Device
Buying the Best TV Streaming Device

When it comes to streaming videos from your computer to your TV, there are many devices to choose from. So, how do you find the best one for your needs, at a reasonable price?

For those of you who want a device for $50 and under, the two top contenders in this category are Google Chromecast and the Roku Streaming Stick. While the Chromecast is a bit lower in cost, the Roku Stick carries Amazon, Vudu and Showtime, as well as a great cross-platform search that scans through major TV and movie services for content. It also comes with an actual remote for an easier, traditional TV experience. So even though it costs $15 more, these extra features make the Roku Streaming stick a better value.

In the $100 category we have Roku 3, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. Once again, the Roku 3 came out on top in terms of channels and cross-platform compatibility. The main disadvantage of Apple and Amazon is that they both tend to favor content from their respective companies, so your channel options won't be as vast as the Roku 3. As added bonus, it even has a headphone jack so you can watch that late-night movie without waking anyone up.

In the end, it's really about content and how much it's worth to you. If you just want to stream YouTube and Netflix videos for the lowest price, go with Google Chromecast, but if more channels and features are what you need, the Roku 3 and Streaming stick are the best deals for your money.


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