Wanna netflix and chill? Well, who does not want it. Streaming devices have made it easier for us to stream our favourite entertainment. We can enjoy a variety of content without worrying about monthly bills using a streaming device.
Although any device that is connected to an internet connection can be used to stream content. For example, desktops, laptops and even our phones can be used to watch Netflix, YouTube etc. So, why do we need a streaming device?
Streaming devices are exclusively made for the purpose of streaming content. They have only one job that is to present you with movies, TV shows, etc. And this is what sets them apart.
Dive into the blog and know about the best streaming devices for this year.
CHROMECAST WITH GOOGLE TV
When it comes to streaming, Chromecast is a preferred choice of many. Chromecast with Google TV has completed the traditional streaming device. Coming alongside Google TV, it supports more than 6500 Android TV Apps. 4K UHD streaming with support for HDR and Dolby Vision enhances the picture quality and Dolby Atmos plays a huge role in audio quality. Chromecast 3 was minimal than this device. The remote control consists of power and volume control buttons, and also a TV input button for you to switch to your gaming console or some other device. It is priced at $49.9.
|Number of Apps||Over 6500|
|Size||6.4 x 2.4 x 0.5 inches|
|Supported HDR formats||HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision|
|Supported audio formats||Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby Atmos|
Roku Streaming Stick+
Roku Streaming Stick+ is the best streaming device out there. Period. Bring out anything and it is here to serve you. The device costs about $50 and offers more than 5000 channels, which is a huge number. In addition to this, you also get generally inaccessible Amazon Video. Since, the Roku Streaming Stick+ offers a myriad of channels at a low price, you don’t have to worry about choosing between price and content, you have it all here. Also, the device is compatible with 4K HDR making it the best option for all the folks who don’t want to spend a lot on a streaming device. Its small size and wireless amplifier. Capable of getting signals from anywhere in the house, makes it a very adjustable device.
|Number of Apps||Thousands|
|Size||3.7 x 10 x 1.0 inches|
Nvidia Shield TV (2019)
Let’s talk about another premium streaming device, the 2019 Nvidia Shield TV. It is not your regular streaming device. Because it looks more like a mobile charger than any typical streaming device. Being small in size, it does not take much space and sits perfectly even in the usually over-crowded space near the TV. The remote control that comes along with it illuminates in the dark giving a very cool vibe while streaming with lights off. The 2019 Nvidia Shield TV supports 4K HDR streaming, making it the best streaming device for those looking to game and watch. Moreover, it houses thousands of apps which gives a wide range of content for you to watch.
|Number of Channels||5,000|
|Size||6.5 x 1.6 x 1.6 inches|
|Supported HDR format||4K, Dolby Vision HDR, AI upscaling|
|Supported Audio format||Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus|
Amazon Fire TV Cube
Known for the best voice control, Amazon Fire TV Cube is as amazing as it could be. It comes along with a virtual assistant offering numerous exciting options to play with. For example, switching HDMI inputs and tuning to cable channels. Amazon Fire TV Cube works very smoothly and fast, all thanks to the processor that the new model has been equipped with. The swift reaction to voice commands cancels the irritation of finding the remote every time you plan to stream content.
|Number of Apps||Hundreds|
|Size||3.4 x 3.4 x 3.0 inches|
|HDR Support||HDR10, HLG, HDR10+, DoVi|
Apple TV 4K
Apple TV 4K is considered the best streaming device for Apple owners, reason being its 4K HDR support. Apple owners loved every bit of the last iteration of the box, and now the Apple TV 4K has taken the streaming game a notch higher. You can not only watch iTunes movies and TV shows on the big screen, but also watch different streaming apps, play games and AirPlay content from other Apple devices. Moreover, you can control your smart home devices from a Siri-enabled remote. This is how cool this gadget is. Another interesting feature that separates the Apple TV 4K from its competitors is the refined voice search and this is what makes it a little expensive. Apple TV 4K has a fantastic integration with iPhones. Through the Remote app, you can directly enter passwords into the apps.
|Number of Apps||Thousands|
|Size||4.0 x 4.0 x 1.3 inches|
|Video Format||H.264/HEVC SDR, HEVC Dolby Vision, H.264, MPEG-4|
|Audio Format||HE-AAC (V1), AA, protected AAC, MP3 VBR, Apple Lossless, FLAC, AIFF and WAV; AC-3 (Dolby Digital 5.1), E-AC-3 (Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound) and Dolby Atmos|
The blog lists the best streaming devices for 2021. I hope it helps you choose the best for your entertainment needs.