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Which TV Streaming Device Should You Buy?

When it comes to TV streaming, which device will best suit your needs?

By
Eric Escobar,
Episode #203

Roku

The next most popular streaming device is the Roku. The Roku is another small form factor device that fits in the HDMI slot of your TV in its base form. There is a more expensive version that is about the size of a hockey puck. Like the devices I mentioned before, it comes with many apps due to its popularity. Also, it can screen mirror Android and Windows phones. So if you have a Windows phone and aren’t in either the Apple or Google camp, this is the device for you.

The Roku is a cross between the Apple TV and the Chromecast, because it has its own apps installed on it, but it’s pretty inexpensive at just $40 for the base model. Now if you wanted to scale that up to 4K (ultra HD) and want to have the ability to play some games on it like angry birds, they have a more expensive model that’s $129. I really like Roku because of how easy it is to use their apps, and because they have been around for so long.

Amazon Fire TV Stick

Lastly is the Amazon Fire TV Stick. This device in the same fashion as the others can mirror your Amazon Kindle. However the only real reason I am mentioning this device is that, if you are an Amazon Prime user, it's the easiest way to watch your Amazon Instant Video on your TV. What it comes down to is that Amazon doesn’t want you to watch video from its service on anything but an Amazon Fire TV Stick, which means they limit their video service to pretty much only work with their device. There are workarounds to this, but I personally don’t think it is worth buying unless you are a heavy user of everything Amazon.

Now I’d love to hear from you! Do you have any of these devices? Do you wish they had certain features? Do you own multiple of these devices? Let me know on the Tech Talker Facebook page.

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Until next time, I’m the Tech Talker, keeping technology simple!

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