Americans spend big dollars on entertainment. And many of us are aware of just how much we do spend. In fact, it might make you cringe when you look at your bank statement at the end of the month.
With streaming in such demand for the last decade, just about every brand has developed its own services.
What all began with Netflix has morphed into a digital empire of streaming television. And now we can watch anything from new or early release movies to sitcoms from the ’80s and 90’s all from the comforts of home, without having to buy a boxed DVD set.
But what’s the best way to access these streaming services? With all of the streaming devices and app installers on the market today, which one is the best and most convenient?
Well, while all of the devices mentioned here have their own unique features, the following 4 devices stand out from the crowd.
Not only does Roku come with thousands of channels, you can download as many channels as you want, and the device also comes in several styles and interfaces. Whether you prefer the streamlined streaming stick or the display models, each device has a set of features that suit a multitude of users’ needs.
As of 2021, the Roku Streaming Stick 4K stands as one of the fastest models and adds Dolby Vision as an additional perk. Additionally, Roku operates an app-first operating system, making it user-friendly across multiple streaming channels.
If you’re not watching Lasso on Apple TV, you’re probably missing out on one of the greatest sitcoms ever created. But let’s not get into what makes a good TV show.
Apple TV offers a different variety of entertainment, but this isn’t unlike Hulu or Netflix at all. It’s just another option that you can consider. But getting the Apple TV shows requires getting the Apple TV box, which can be costly.
However, some manufacturers of smart TVs such as LG and Vizio are offering Apple TV pre-installed, which means that you only need to pay for the Apple TV service itself.
Perhaps one of the most popular and robust of all streaming devices is Amazon’s Firestick line. And for very good reasons.
With the popularity of Amazon, it’s a no-brainer that the company’s streaming devices would be a huge success. And though there is a ton of Amazon self-promotional content that comes along with the Firestick line and there are many mixed reviews, the device offers top speed and is streamlined to plug directly into your HDMI port on your TV, which is easily concealable.
Additionally, the Firestick also allows you to access Amazon Music, and to search for items by voice command, with Alexa as an assistant. But it does have limitations, which is why many with this device are turning to learning how to jailbreak, allowing access to all your favorite shows and movies.
If you live in Google’s world, you’re going to have to check out Chromecast if you haven’t already done so.
Chromecast has been ranked alongside the Roku 4K as one of the best streaming devices in 2021. And this device doesn’t fall short on delivery.
The Chromecast device offers Dolby Vision just like the Roku, and also has a Google assistant voice search feature. Chromecast also allows you to integrate other Google services such as Google photos and YouTube TV, making your entertainment experience comprehensive and competitive. Google’s latest version of Chromecast is largely the most popular, with mobile apps available.
The options we have for entertainment today would make a child of the 70’s head spin around in circles. In less than 50 years we’ve gone from a standard 8 channel box television to devices which offer thousands of channels. And who knows what the future holds!