Great media streaming devices for your favorite fall TV shows
Fall is pretty much here, and aside from the football and color changing leaves, that means fall TV. There are tons of great shows to keep up with, from sitcoms to dramas, and everyone has their favorites. But in this day and age, you don’t need satellite or cable to keep up. With services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and plenty of others, you could probably cut your cable out of your life entirely! Thanks to the wonders of the internet, you don’t have to be sitting at your computer to enjoy these services either. I’ll be focusing on that always important living room experience, but portable computers like a Kindle Fire, iPad or Tablet are great options.
Stream everything straight to your TV with these dedicated devices.
There are some devices out there designed specifically so you can use streaming services on your TV, with few other attachments or functions. One is the always popular Apple TV. It won’t really work with older TV’s, but it’s a great option if you’re already a big iOS user, since it gives you access to plenty of stuff on iCloud, plus Apple AirPlay. The more brand neutral option and popular choice is the Roku, now on its 3rd iteration. For about the same price, you’ll have access to an insane amount of streaming channels, including HBO GO, Vudu and more.
Don’t forget about all the gaming consoles that offer even more functionality.
If you need a Blu-ray player, most of the big name options come with internet support anyway, and also support things like Netflix and Hulu, though their interfaces are usually clunkier. One option is the Samsung BD-F5900, but there are tons, each with different strengths and weaknesses, so shop around. Or, you could cut out the middleman entirely. There are plenty of Smart HDTVs out there that connect to the internet all on their own, though they can be crazy expensive and not really worth it. One example is the Samsung UN40EH5300
Finally, if you’re a gamer (and even if you’re not) getting something like an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 is a no brainer these days. Though you can find a 360 cheaper than a PS3, I’m recommending the PS3, since it doubles as a Blu-ray player, and doesn’t require a premium subscription like Xbox Live does. It’s a pricier option than something like a Roku, but it really is an ultimate all-in-one home entertainment center device, and I say that as an Xbox fan. Also, I’d never ever recommend someone buy a Nintendo 3DS for these services, but it gets a special note for being able to play Netflix 3D videos, and I find that amusing.
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