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Updated: 20-04-2018 06:11
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Apple TV 4K (5th gen. 2017)

4K and HDR have finally arrived on Apple’s streaming box

31 expert reviews | 499 user reviews

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Amazon Fire TV Stick (2nd gen. with Alexa, 2017)

We can't fault Fire TV's redesign. Moving to be a more compact package is always good news, although the need to buy that Ethernet accessory sets it at a minor disadvantage to Chromecast Ultra. However, the addition of the Alexa remote, a stable and...

18 expert reviews | 926 user reviews

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Roku Streaming Stick Plus

If you’re in the market for a 4K streamer that works with both Amazon and Google’s services, though, has a remote control and a silky smooth interface, the Roku Streaming Stick+ is a highly appealing option.

5 expert reviews

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Sky Q

Sky's top-of-the-range service is here and has now had time with it in one of our own homes.

11 expert reviews

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Google Chromecast Ultra

There’s almost no refuting it: Chromecast Ultra offers one of the best values for streaming video devices for 4K TV owners. There’s not as much benefit for the 1080p crowd, but if you’re looking for powerful, fast streaming in a device the size of a...

30 expert reviews | 676 user reviews

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Roku Express (2017)

A simple and affordable way to get HD streaming smarts to a not-so-clever telly

16 expert reviews | 32 user reviews

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Google Chromecast 2 (2nd gen, 2015)

Owners of the original Chromecast have very little reason to upgrade the new model. Google has improved the design with the Chromecast 2 and added better Wi-Fi. We also like the new app and, in general, the device is a bargain at £30. However, the Roku...

45 expert reviews | 2314 user reviews

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Google Chromecast Audio (2015)

We weren't sure that Chromecast Audio would offer enough to be worthwhile. But having setup this dinky device, we're using it every day. It's affordable enough to buy without really thinking about, simple to setup and use, and supports a range of...

46 expert reviews | 728 user reviews

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Nvidia Shield Android TV

Number of Android TV-supported apps aside, the Nvidia Shield Android TV is the best media streamer out there bar none. There are devices that profess to offer more content and channels, such as those by Roku, but when it comes down to it there are only...

40 expert reviews | 426 user reviews

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Amazon Fire TV Stick (1st gen. 2014)

Amazon has made its intentions clear with the Fire TV Stick. It has priced it aggressively (a touch more expensive than the Chromecast, quite a bit cheaper than the Roku) but offers a lot more for the money – certainly in terms of internal tech.

57 expert reviews | 15679 user reviews

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Apple TV (4th Gen, 2015)

As a day one device the new Apple TV feels a bit half-baked, especially in light of the strengthening competition. And as it's taken a couple of years for a refresh to appear, so we feel Apple should be a step ahead of the game.

28 expert reviews | 1856 user reviews

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Amazon Fire TV 4K (2nd gen. 2015)

Amazon's second-generation Fire TV box is a real step forward in the media streaming sector and considering the popularity of the first one is bound to be the device chosen by many families up and down the UK as their main living room device.

35 expert reviews | 3159 user reviews

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Google Chromecast (1st gen, 2013)

There is simply nothing out there quite like the Google Chromecast. It's a brilliant and cheap way to get smart apps onto your older TV, and comes highly recommended.

139 expert reviews | 29639 user reviews

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Roku Express+

If you want to stream video to an old TV, your best (and pretty much only) option is the Roku Express Plus.

4 expert reviews

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The Probox2 EX Android based Media Player is armed with Quadcore processing, 2GB of RAM, and everything but the kitchen sink. But the user experience was as lacking as the multi-channel audio support.

5 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Roku 3

The new Roku 3 is certainly a top-of-the-line streamer, but the Roku 2 is just as cool and even more affordable. Sure, the cheaper model doesn't have the voice search-enabled microphone or dedicated listening via the remote's headphone socket, though...

40 expert reviews | 44631 user reviews

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Roku Streaming Stick, HDMI (3500)

If you are looking to enhance your living room, or as we more likely suspect "smarten" a second TV in the house, then the Roku Streaming Stick does a good job. With full support of services like Netflix, Now TV, Sky Store, Demand 5, and 4oD, the Roku...

31 expert reviews | 29211 user reviews

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Amazon Fire TV (1st gen. 2014)

Alongside the Chromecast Ultra, it's great value for 4K HDR support - but you'll probably need Amazon Prime

61 expert reviews | 6415 user reviews

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Now TV

The Now TV Box may have its limitations, but at this price, it still wins our Best Buy award, not as a fully-fledged media streamer per se, but as a simple way to add some great content to an aging TV. There's no simpler way of adding the catch-up...

4 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Synology DiskStation DS415play

Is this the NAS you're looking for?

19 expert reviews | 88 user reviews

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Apple TV (3rd Gen, 2012/2013)

The new Apple TV has a new interface and glorious 1080p content

42 expert reviews | 29020 user reviews

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Amazon Fire TV with Alexa (3rd gen. 2017)

Amazon’s new $70 Fire TV dongle is powerful, easy to install, and adds support for HDR content. With Alexa at the helm, Amazon’s Fire TV is a more compelling streaming option than ever before.

2 expert reviews

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Google Nexus Player

Nexus Player is an oddity. It's a method for adding Android TV to an existing television set, but it doesn't bring a huge amount with it for UK users. It's neither a full TV offering, nor a full set of catch-up TV services. It isn't a bristling array...

38 expert reviews | 455 user reviews

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Roku 2 (2720) 2013

The Roku 2 is available from the link below for £54.99 with free delivery.

2 expert reviews | 3555 user reviews

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SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive

This drive is great for the travelling person who wants to share media content in a dead zone, but it does seem more geared for home and family use.

14 expert reviews | 80 user reviews