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Updated: 15-10-2018 04:35
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Apple TV 4K (5th Gen, 2017)

The slickest TV streaming box around got the 4K HDR upgrade it needed. If your smart TV is a bit thick and you’re an Apple user then the Apple TV 4K is an essential addition to your entertainment arsenal.

44 expert reviews | 555 user reviews

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

It may be small in size but this streamer is kind of a big deal

18 expert reviews | 981 user reviews

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Roku Express (2017)

For an even-handed approach, and the cheapest of its kind on the market, the Roku Express is hard to beat.

20 expert reviews | 32 user reviews

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Roku Premiere+

For 4K HDR TV owners fed up of using built-in smart TV apps, the Roku Premiere+ is my top pick.

2 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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Roku Stick+ / Stick Plus

One of the best 4K streaming sticks around, but make sure you actually need it

6 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

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Nvidia Shield Android TV

The Shield TV is still the best streaming box around, but its best features haven’t arrived yet.

39 expert reviews | 421 user reviews

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Sky Q

When Sky rolled out the Sky+ HD box at its last major hardware launch, most of us were still using dumb phones with physical keypads. The PS3 hadn't launched – and, more importantly, Netflix was still mailing out DVDs.

11 expert reviews

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

Amazon is on fire with its second streaming box

36 expert reviews | 3160 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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Synology DiskStation DS415play

During the setup DSM checks for the latest firmware and lets you specify your username, password and RAID type. It will also automatically configure ‘QuickConnect’ for remote access to your NAS’s content and offers a tutorial once you hit the desktop....

18 expert reviews | 64 user reviews

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Roku Ultra

If you own a 4K TV and an AV receiver or sound bar that doesn't pass 4K HDR signals, the Roku Ultra is a great 4K streaming choice.

6 expert 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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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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Sky Now TV box

The Now TV box is primarily a way to get more people hooked on Sky's on demand movie service. But as it also gets you access to iPlayer, 5 Demand and a bunch of (less essential) streaming services for £10, it's one of the tech bargains of the year.

12 expert reviews | 22 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 | 67 user reviews

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Boxee Box by D-Link

It may be overpriced, but the Boxee Box has unparalleled codec support, a slick UI and looks fantastic sitting under your TV. The fact Boxee has committed to regular firmware updates also means it should keep improving while third party app support is...

69 expert reviews | 287 user reviews

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Pipo X7

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2 expert reviews

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Naim SuperUniti

Provided you can afford speakers able to make the most of it, the SuperUniti is the best all-in-one streamer system to date

10 expert reviews

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This is one of the quickest and easiest ways to access the full power of your PC from your living TV. It can literally do anything your PC can. However, its low framerate and high response time means it isn’t the best option for video playback or gaming.

5 expert reviews

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Apple TV (1st Gen, 2007)

Computex 2007: Philips previews upcoming set top multimedia box.

125 expert reviews | 970 user reviews

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Amazon Fire TV nätverksmusikspelare

The fire stick is amazing, the amount of different features and things to download is just amazing! I'll never be lost for something to watch again

1160 user reviews

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Naim UnitiQute

Naim's Qute ‘n' cuddly all-in-one audio player is pricey but polished

12 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Panasonic SCHC297EBK

Easy to set up and use.

30 user reviews

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1Byone SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime

The 1byone Belt-Drive 3 Speed Stereo Portable Turntable is your retro tech buy for anyone who still loves to spin vinyl and looking good doing it.

1 expert reviews | 260 user reviews