There are various ways are available to watch online content on your TV. Most of the media streamers will permit you to configure your TV through online or any local media streaming services. Some of the best media streaming gadgets are Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Google Cast, and Roku. All of these platforms have on-screen menu systems and dedicated remotes except Google Cast. So, you can watch whatever you want without a mobile device to control everything. The Google Cast should rely on a PC, smartphone, or tablet, with Cast-compatible apps to stream the media contents. Now let us see the list of best streaming gadgets of 2018 on below.
List of Best Streaming Gadgets of 2018
- Amazon Fire TV
- Google Cast
- Android TV
- Apple TV
Amazon Fire TV
Amazon’s Fire TV is one of the most popular and well known media streaming gadgets platform. It mainly focused on Amazon Prime media along with Amazon Instant Video and Amazon Prime Music built prominently into the menu system. There are variety of content services are available through the Fire TV as individual apps such as YouTube, Netflix, Hulu Plus, etc. The main advantage of this Fire TV is having all Prime content right at fingertips.
Roku calls the services and apps available on its devices Channels, and currently offers thousands of choices in the Roku Channel Store. The Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Netflix, Sling TV, and Twitch are some of the big streaming media names, niche apps and services for movies, sports, weather, news, and international content.
The Google Cast is physically a complicated media streaming platform. You can take a Chrome Cast and plug it into a power source and then plug it into your TV or sound system, and finally you can control everything by using your mobile device. There are no remotes, no on-screen interfaces, and no app stores are available to navigate. You can connect your Chrome Cast to your home network and then stream whatever you’re watching on your smartphone or tablet.
The Android TV is basically an Android-based media streamer menu system which is completely different from the new version of Android that is used in Amazon’s Fire TV products. It provides more powerful and feature-rich interface than Apple TV or Roku. Its app store is very tiny compared with Google’s conventional Android app store and also the Apple TV, Fire TV, and Roku stores.
The Apple has been very slow to update its Apple TV media streamer, but it’s finally brought up with the Apple TV 4K. The latest Apple TV offers 4K video with HDR10 and Dolby Vision. Still, the app selection is little bit compared with the Roku device and it tends to expand the certain on-demand and subscription services that compete with the Apple such as Spotify that is against Apple Music. However, the Apple TV is always having a rich feature and also very capable to handle.