A streaming media player is a device that can help your TV or home theater connect to the internet and free or paid online service so that you can easily watching videos or listening to the music. Basically, a streaming player is a basic device and it only need a number of connections like video (HDMI and/or composite), audio (RCA and/or digital), and Ethernet networking jacks. Today, most streaming media players have been equipped with wireless connectivity and these players also have own dedicated remote control.
Best Streaming Media Players for 2018
1. Roku 4 4400R 4K UHD
2. Roku Express
3. Roku 1 Streaming Media Player
4. Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote
5. Amazon Fire TV
6. NETGEAR NeoTV Streaming Player
7. Roku Streaming Stick (3600R)
8. NVIDIA SHIELD TV Streaming Media Player
9. Roku Premiere+ Streaming Media Player
10. Roku 3 Streaming Media Player
The media streaming players also comes with various great features like the ability of view images or photos which is stored on media storages like flash disks, external hard drives (USB) or anything on local network. These devices let you to play musics that stored on similar mediums, other streaming devices also allow you to enjoy the videos that you already downloaded to PCs on your home network and other additional apps including YouTube or Twitter are also packed into these devices.
Some manufactures like Apple, Roku, Western Digital, Sony, Netgear as well as D-Link has their own media players and if you visit online stores like Amazon, bestbuy, etc, you can see that these media players are offered in very affordable price, usually not more than $100.
Popular Streaming Media Player Choices
There are many good media players on the market but there are three of the most popular media players, they are Amazon Fire TV, Roku Player and Apple TV. The Amazon Fire TV (stick) and Roku player offers a variety of excellent features and allow you to watch favorite movies and TV shows from popular online streaming services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, HBO Go, Vudu, and much more. These media players are also easy to setup, easy to use and configure and offers additional services.
Apple’s streaming media player also offers features like Amazon Fire TV and Roku Player but the owner of this device are also able to stream directly from the iTunes store. Apple TV uses their own technology called AirPlay that can make you easily stream video or audio content from iOS device (iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad) to your TV.
What You Need to Use a Streaming Media Player
If you want to use streaming media players, the first thing you will need is an HDTV (Some media players support a resolution of up to 1080p video), Fast internet connection as well as a home network (wired or wireless). Once you have these deviceand they are ready to use, you will also need to subscribe to online streaming provider like Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus, or Netflix, you can subscribe to these three services to get different content.
One thing to consider is, this would be a substantial investment for you so if you have other entertainment devices such as your TV, game console, or Blu-ray player, make sure these entertainment devices do not offer the same features with the streaming media player is all about.