Think of more than 5,000 apps and games, voice search, and superfluous screening time with access to streaming services and all-time favorite subscriptions, movies, television shows, news, sports updates, music, games, and so much more—and that’s what you get from the top streaming devices in 2016. While smart TV prices continue to soar, you can now convert your older television sets into astounding boxes by simply plugging in these equally smart and intuitive devices. So, what are they?
1. Apple TV 4
Apple is one of those tech companies who never stop innovating. After stopping its 3rd gen Apple TV, the fourth-generation phenomenon swiftly comes in. The Apple TV 4 boasts of bullet-fast hardware and sleek remote system with one-touch features and voice control with full support for Siri. While its 4k content is not formally launched yet, this streaming media box offers excellent movie, music, television, news, and sports catalogs. It is also known to be a great ally in gaming with its seamless wireless connectivity. Definitely, this is one hardware ecosystem you won’t say no to.
2. Roku Elite Force
Though second on the list, this does not necessarily mean that Roku Ultra comes second-best to Apple TV 4. Not really. The top streaming device from Roku offers not just astounding streaming media mileage, it does the deed by delivering 4k screen time at 60fps plus HDR content support and digital audio output. If you want private audio, this one comes with an audio jack for your privacy’s sake.
For a handier yet still powerful streaming, the Roku Express is your best bet. Fits in your breast pocket, this tiny streaming device does not only boast of ease in setting up and usage but also in streaming full HD content. Of course, we need not mention the remote’s capabilities, too.
3. Amazon’s Best
With its 4k Fire TV set-top box, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Gaming Edition, powerhouse Amazon never ceases to impress. The latest Fire TV above delivers astounding internals, 75% more processing power, expandable memory up to 200GB, private listening, Alexa voice system, Dolby audio sound, 1080p streaming and 4K video support. Add to that parental controls + Amazon Prime access.
The All-New Fire TV Stick is Amazon’s portable bestselling streaming stick. Think about fast Wi-Fi, Alexa voice search, 7,000 apps and games, 90 channels, unlimited access to Prime Video and specialty subscription channels. Simply plug into an HDMI port and connect to a reliable Wi-Fi to start streaming.
For the ultimate gamer, the Amazon Fire TV Gaming Edition is not just built for speed and topnotch video streaming, it also delivers most number of games available to any top streaming devices in 2016. Think of 1400++ high-quality strategy, action, racing or trivia games with 8GB of internal storage plus 32GB expandable storage on a microSD card to host your fave games and apps.
4. TiVo Bolt
The world of streaming all started with TiVo and the BOLT never ceases to impress. The first of its kind and perhaps, the most modish of them all, this streaming device features 4k content support on top of a 500GB built-in storage PLUS simultaneous recording of up to 4 shows at a time.
5. Xiami Mi Box 2016
Though made by Chinese tech-giant Xiaomi, the Mi Box is built in the US. Surprise! Surprise! It features 4K and HDR content delivery, Bluetooth-enabled voice remote control, DTS/Digital Audio support system, compatible with any iOS and Android smartphone and tablet, 8GB built-in storage, and many more.
6. NVIDIA SHIELD 4K
NVIDIA SHIELD – 4K HDR Streaming Media Player is another one of its kind. More than being a topnotch Android TV streaming box, it is a robust gaming console that makes any avid gamer ogle with glee. It boasts of 500GB storage, Tegra X1 chipset, and other equally astounding exclusive list of Android gaming titles.
7. New Chromecast Ultra
Set to be unveiled this week, the Chromecast Ultra is Google’s new favorite fit-in-your-palm streaming device in town. It features 4K content support, HDR content, fast connectivity, and other topnotch features as the others—only at a lesser price. Watch out!
TV Like Never Before
Television viewing has never been this dynamic. Year after year, new streaming devices come in the market as the competition continued to be fiercer than ever. While you may be anticipating new innovations in the years to come, these top streaming devices in 2016 will definitely give you the topnotch screen time you want for now.