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Updated: 24-06-2018 05:48
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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.

33 expert reviews | 541 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 | 977 user reviews

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Roku Streaming Stick Plus

All the apps, none of the hassle.

5 expert 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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Google Chromecast Ultra

The latest Chromecast works a treat with 4K and HDR, but it’s a little pointless.

34 expert reviews | 696 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.

16 expert reviews | 32 user reviews

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Google Chromecast 2 (2nd gen, 2015)

We couldn’t ask for more from the new Chromecast. It’s a faster, more refined experience, and doesn’t cost a penny more

46 expert reviews | 2368 user reviews

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Google Chromecast Audio (2015)

The Chromecast Audio does what it promises in a really simple way, but it's the future software updates that could make this a truly affordable way to create a multiroom speaker system.

45 expert reviews | 739 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.

40 expert reviews | 427 user reviews

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Amazon Fire TV Stick (1st gen. 2014)

They might be subtle improvements, but the new Fire TV Stick is all the better for having them.

58 expert reviews | 15679 user reviews

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

Amazon is on fire with its second streaming box

35 expert reviews | 3159 user reviews

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Google Chromecast (1st gen, 2013)

The Chromecast is one of the best-value streaming sticks on the market, even if it doesn’t feel terribly original.

139 expert reviews | 29631 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 Roku 3 is my favourite way to watch TV and, pending a miracle, will remain so until I can get my scone-fondling British mitts on a Roku 4.

40 expert reviews | 44631 user reviews

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Roku Streaming Stick, HDMI (3500)

In the top right hand corner is a drop down where you can move from Remote view to look at ‘My Channels’ the ‘Channel Store’ and send content to the Roku from your phone: specifically music and photos. The music has to be stored on the device so it...

31 expert reviews | 29171 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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Amazon Fire TV (1st gen. 2014)

Amazon’s little black box of wonder is back and better than ever.

62 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

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....

20 expert reviews | 71 user reviews

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Apple TV (3rd Gen, 2012/2013)

So with such a limited feature set, what can the Apple TV do?

43 expert reviews | 28858 user 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 4

When it comes to streaming 4K content, the Roku 4 offers one of the most compelling solutions out there - well, out somewhere, as it's not available in the UK just yet. But for those in the US it's an ideal way to watch 4K content, if you have a...

8 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

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Naim Audio ND5 XS Network Player

A fully featured, insightful and captivating streamer that does it all – one of the best high-end streamers we’ve ever tested

8 expert reviews | 3 user reviews