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Updated: 18-01-2018 06:00
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Apple TV 4K (5th gen. 2017)

If you can swing the price and want the best streamer available today, get the Apple TV 4K.

28 expert reviews | 395 user reviews

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Amazon Echo Dot (1st Gen., 2016)

Amazon Echo Dot is a great product. It maintains almost everything that made the original Echo so great, while also bringing a substantial cut in price.

27 expert reviews | 1438 user reviews

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Amazon Fire TV (2017)

The Amazon Fire TV (2017) is the latest version of Amazon’s streaming box, and comes with a fantastic new redesign, plus support for 4K HDR content and Dolby Atmos soundtracks.

13 expert reviews

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Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa (2017)

The first-generation Fire TV Stick was great, but lacking oomph. This new stick is more versatile, and thanks to its quad-core processor it’s super quick. Alexa is a great addition too, though not quite on the same level of intelligence as the Apple...

2 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.

10 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 | 467 user reviews

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Amazon Fire TV Stick

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

61 expert reviews | 15689 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 | 2182 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.

34 expert reviews | 693 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 | 659 user reviews

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Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Gen., 2017)

The new and improved Echo Dot takes Amazon's best-in-class smart home speaker and wraps it in an ultra-affordable package.

9 expert reviews | 1177 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...

29 expert reviews | 29211 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.

27 expert reviews | 1853 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.

134 expert reviews | 29072 user reviews

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PROBOX2 has just released an updated streaming media device, and our PROBOX2 Air review takes a look to see what's changed with their latest Android TV box.

4 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...

39 expert reviews | 44631 user reviews

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Amazon Fire TV (1st Gen) 2014

Faster than an Apple TV and thinner than a Roku, Amazon's Fire TV streaming player is a little box with big appeal. It's so good in fact, that it might make Prime Instant Video subscribers out of all of us.

58 expert reviews | 11448 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 | 29005 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...

7 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

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Naim Audio ND5 XS Network Player

Its ability to cope with 24-bit/192kHz streams future-proofs it for some considerable time and allows the lovers of hi-res to pursue their studio-master fix. The n-Stream app adds all the convenience to the package for which one could ask. In an...

8 expert reviews | 3 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.

13 expert reviews | 80 user reviews