The watching behavior of consumers has been changing for the past couple of decades now. Today, we’ve reached an age when people don’t even need to have TV subscriptions anymore. The technological advancement of streaming media players has completely disrupted the television and movie industries. More and more people are abandoning cable companies to opt for something that gives them more flexibility at the end of the day. Streaming media players offer personalized media viewing like never before. If you’re looking to join the cancellation movement of cable subscriptions, here are the five best streaming media players to get you to the next level.
1. Amazon Fire TV
The empire of Amazon has already taken over television screens. You don’t even need to have a Smart TV in order to have Smart TV capabilities; the Fire TV can do that for you. Amazon features its very own Prime media heavily on the device, but it also offers a lot more. You can get some of the best video streaming applications such as Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube right on your Fire TV device. You also get options of paying for some television cable channels that will give you up to date content. However, most cable channels offer free content anyway. Regardless, the Fire TV is so cheap that you wouldn’t mind paying any extra fees. The device itself is around $30, but in order to make the most of it, you’ll have to sign up for Amazon Prime, which will only cost you about $13 per month.
2. Google Cast
Google is smart enough to eliminate the remote control in the situation. The Google Cast is highly unobtrusive. It connects to your Chromecast, so you can just do everything on your smartphone or tablet. If you prefer HDR, the Chromecast Ultra will give you the most HDR options compared to other brands. When you connect everything to Google Home, you can even just voice your commands and your searches, and Google will just do them for you on screen. Some people feel like Google’s platform is too complicated to use, but it really isn’t as long as you are familiar with other Google Home products.
Roku has channels instead of apps, and currently, it offers channel options in the thousands. Not that you would need that many, but what’s important is that Roku offers the bigwigs: Hulu, Netflix, Sling TV, and plenty of other movies, sports, and news channels. The good thing about Roku is that it’s extremely easy to use. You pretty much just plug it into your TV like the Amazon Fire TV. However, what Roku offers that Amazon doesn’t is a 4K video with HDR streaming stick. This one is called the Roku Streaming Stick+ and Ultra. This model is some of the best there is out there at the moment—that is if you have a 4K TV to match.
4. Android TV
While it may be the least popular option, Android TV is completely dedicated to Android-based products. There isn’t that many app choices you could get on the Android TV, but there is one that might automatically convince you to opt for this streaming media player instead. If you happen to be a huge Netflix fan, then listen up. Android TV is the first media streaming device that offers a built in Netflix 4K app. What this means for you is that you can view all the Netflix shows you are obsessed with in 4K—better quality videos. If you watch nothing else apart from Netflix, this might be a good option for you. And don’t say you don’t care about 4K if you haven’t experienced it yet. It might blow you away when you get a chance to experience it.
5. Apple TV
Apple TV is the first streaming media player on this list, but it took them a while to catch up to the latest consumer demands. Maybe Apple was too busy working on their iPhone and iPad products. We don’t need to guess what media player you have if you’re a diehard Apple fan. Chances are that even if you have one of the other streaming media players, you might still have the Apple TV just because. That’s not to say that Apple TV doesn’t have its own perks. The latest models of the device do support 4K, HDR, and Dolby Vision. The app selection is still sparse compared to Amazon’s and Roku’s, but they have enough to get you by.