How To Choose Media Streamer Among The Most Popular Streming Media Devices

Date: 2015-07-29   Clicked: 2437
      About the most popular streaming media devices, the answer must be them, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Nvidia Shield Android TV, and Roku 3. Below We'll talk about reviews for them, that help us to know the potential factors for our purchase.
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About Content
    Without question, apps and services should be the biggest factor in any set-top box purchase, because nothing else matters if you’re not getting the content you want.
     The good news is that every set-top box covers the basics, like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, and YouTube. Still, each platform has its quirks and missing pieces, so you’ll want to pay close attention to our app comparison chart at the bottom of this section.
     Roku 3, for instance, has the most complete app selection, but like all other non-Apple devices it can’t access iTunes purchases. Meanwhile, Apple TV is missing apps for Amazon Instant Video, Sling TV, and Plex. The Nvidia Shield Android TV covers for its ho-hum app selection through Google Cast support, which lets you launch content from a phone or tablet (marked GC on the chart), but it lacks support for Amazon Instant Video.

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About Remote controls
     The remotes that come with most streaming boxes are exercises in minimalism compared to the traditional cable-box clunker, but each of the remotes we’re comparing is unique in its own way. The Apple TV remote is the slickest looking, but lacks voice search and dedicated fast forward/rewind buttons.
     Both Roku’s and Amazon’s remotes have voice and playback controls, but the Roku 3 goes further with dedicated buttons for launching Netflix, Amazon, Rdio, and Hulu. It also has a headphone jack for private listening, whereas the Amazon Fire TV requires a set of Bluetooth headphones.
     Nvidia's Shield Android TV is a different beast altogether, as it ships with a game controller instead of a standard remote. You can still voice search and plug headphones into it, but a less-intimidating remote for non-gamers costs an extra $50. Alternatively, the Shield supports full HDMI-CEC controls, which means you can control it with your existing TV remote.
    The line-of-sight requirements of infrared remotes can be an issue if you’re planning to hide your set-top box inside your entertainment center. The Apple TV uses infrared, and therefore must be in plain view, though the use of IR means you can program other remotes to control it. Signals from an RF (radio frequency) remote can penetrate cabinet doors, although their range is not unlimited.
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