Streaming Media Part Two :The Players, Appliances and Boxes

ImageStreaming media has exploded in popularity in the past several years, consumer demand has been increasing for devices that allow people to watch streaming Internet content more easily from their televisions. Part of your decision should rest on which streaming media services you’re interested in using (Netflix, Vudu, Amazon, Hulu etc..)  The Streaming media appliances are straightforward streaming media consoles. The function of these devices is to simply stream media,  The most popular console in this category is the Roku, the first player to work with the Netflix streaming service. It has since come out with more advanced models and offers an array of streaming services in addition to Netflix.

Roku –  Cost is around $110 The Roku is the top dog of the streaming Media appliance market and features More than 750 channels are supported, including Netflix, Amazon Instant, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, Pandora, MLB.TV, Amazon Cloud Player, and Vudu. Roku also has a search feature which scans several major TV networks for programming.

Apple TV –  Cost is around $100 and if you are already invested in I-Tunes then Apple TV is the way to go. It lets you stream all of the movies and TV shows available in the iTunes store to your HDTV on a rental or purchase basis, with purchases stored in the cloud.  Services such as Hulu, Netflix and Major League Baseball are available.

WD TV – Cost is around $90 Has built-in Wi-Fi. Its broad selection of streaming services includes Spotify, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu.

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