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Updated: 26-07-2017 05:37
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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.

9 expert reviews

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Amazon Fire TV Stick

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.

55 expert reviews | 15657 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 | 631 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...

44 expert reviews | 1165 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 | 499 user 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...

19 expert reviews | 79 user reviews

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If you’re looking for a streaming device to stream local and online content, you should definitely pick up a PROBOX2 Air Android TV Box. Priced right and easy to use, this was another easy addition to our Top Picks of 2016.

4 expert reviews | 1 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...

28 expert reviews | 29186 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.

17 expert reviews | 1353 user reviews

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Google Chromecast (1st gen, 2013)

With better Wi-Fi and far better performance, Chromecast 2 has ousted the original as one of our favorite devices of all time.

134 expert reviews | 26163 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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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...

37 expert reviews | 44621 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.

56 expert reviews | 11448 user reviews

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Now TV

Sky's Now TV Combo and Smart TV Box are a match for Netflix – Find out when Game of Thrones Season 7 airs

4 expert reviews | 1 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 | 29003 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...

39 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...

6 expert reviews | 9 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

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13 expert reviews | 80 user reviews

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Western Digital WD TV

We check out the latest and dinkiest media player

69 expert reviews | 442 user reviews

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Sky Now TV box

The NOW TV Box is a great little device, offering a simple, mostly cost-effective way of getting Sky content into your home without you having to sign a pact with the devil.

12 expert reviews | 22 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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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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Apple TV (2010, 2nd Gen)

The new Apple TV is a really great, smooth, easy media box – right up until it does something which leaves you scratching your head.

95 expert reviews | 1928 user reviews