4 Best Streaming Devices for Your TV
Did you know you can stream all of your favorite content, even if you don’t have a smart TV? These streaming devices hook up directly into the HDMI or USB port of most TVs so that you can enjoy movies, TV, music, games and more! Here are some of our favorites:
Google’s Chromecast allows you to stream video and audio content straight from your mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet. All you have to do is make sure your device is on the same wi-fi network as the Chromecast and use the Cast button to stream it straight to your TV. The Chromecast is compatible with thousands of different apps and platforms, including Hulu, Spotify, Netflix, Google Play, Disney Plus and more! You can even control your Chromecast using your voice via your Google Home app or device. The basic Chromecast is $35, but you can also upgrade the Chromecast Ultra for $69 to stream in 4K.
The Roku Streaming Stick is super portable, so you can take it with you wherever you go. All you have to do plug it in and start streaming, whether you are in a hotel room, your friend’s house or a dorm room. With the Roku Streaming Stick, you gain access to hundreds of apps and channels. It also includes a voice control remote that can control your TV power and volume. They also have a mobile app that lets your phone act as a TV remote! The Roku Streaming Stick starts at $49.99, but they also have other streaming devices available.
If you are already an Amazon customer, this could be the perfect streaming device for you! You can stream tens of thousands of channels including, Prime Video and all of the streaming services you love. You can also listen to music using Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora or more! The Amazon Fire TV Stick can be controlled via Alexa; simply tell Alexa what you want to watch via any Alexa device or your Alexa Voice Remote. If you have compatible smart home devices, you can also use your Amazon Fire Stick and Alexa Voice Remote to view live camera feeds, control the temperature of your home and turn lights on and off. You can get an HD Amazon Fire TV Stick for $39.99 or upgrade to 4K for $49.99.
While the Apple TV is among the more expensive streaming devices, if you are Apple loyal, it might be a great option for you! Like other streaming devices, Apple TV connects to thousands of apps and channels. But, what sets it apart is that you can use Apple AirPlay to mirror any of your Apple devices to the TV, whether it be your Mac, iPad or iPhone. You can use the voice commands on your Siri remote to find what you want to watch. Also, use the Apple TV app on your Apple devices to continue enjoying your favorite content on the go! You can grab the HD Apple TV for $149 and the 4K version is available starting at $179.
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