Complete Streaming HDTV / Video Media Players

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1) All my friends chose a ROKU Box (I preferred a TiVo ROAMIO / BOLT OTA, but it's not for most people - plays with existing Digital Tivos, has a great Service that lists the available OTA shows, and the best interface, costs more). HOWEVER I AM FINDING THAT YOU NEED AN HDMI CONNECTION BETWEEN THE TIVO MINI AND YOUR HDTV - Otherwise, you will probably find that your display becomes muddy (NOT very clear). I SUSPECT that the constant slight changing of the display size, when switching from source content of different resolutions, the TiVo and the HDTV display become confused and they do not synch the display specifications. I am also using three TiVo Mini's with which to stream TiVo recorded content to other rooms in the house. The Tivo Minis are VERY FAST TO SETUP and NETWORK. Tivo Minis quickly stream requested content, no video lags or dropouts for me. I LOVE how Tivo Minis work. NOTE: TiVo has just released the 4K Ready, full commercial skip, TiVo BOLT DVR. to replace ROAMIO Models 2) The technology changes so fast, by the time you can read a review, there is a better product on the market. 3) ALL my TV's, DVD Players and Tivo's come with some Streaming already built-in (Netflix, Hulu,...) 4) If possible, do NOT buy older products - ensure you will be satisfied.

COMPARISONS - STREAMING VIDEO/TV BOXES

Best media streamers of 2015 - CNET.com - 4/20/2015 Roku 2 - Best Streaming Device for the Money ~ $ 70 Roku 3 - Best Streaming Device, PERIOD ~ $ 94 - $ 99 Roku Streaming Stick - Best Streaming Stick ~ $ 35 - $ 65 Apple TV - Best Streamer for Apple users ~ $ 64 - $ 69 Amazon Fire Stick - Best for Amazon content and hotel Wi-Fi ~ $ 40 Amazon Fire Stick Streaming Media Player Amazon Fire TV - Best for casual games, voice search ~ $ 99 Western Digital WD TV Media Player (2014) - Best for playing local files ~ $ 84 - $ 109 Google Chromecast - Cheap, innovative alternative ~ $ 35 Roku 1 - Best option for ANALOG (NTSC) TV connections ~ $ 48 18 Streaming TV Boxes Ranked from Worst to First - TIME MAGAZINE - May 2014 18. Sony NSZ-GS8 - DISCONTINUED? 17. TiVo Roamio OTA $ 50 and ROAMIO OTA/Cable $ 200+ Service NOTE: 4K Ready, fully commercial skipping TiVo BOLT DVRs have replaced TiVo Roamio DVRs. 16. ASUS Cube 15. Roku LT (2013) - lacking features Roku LT (2013) review - CNET 14. TiVo Roamio Pro ~ $ 600 + Service 13. TiVo Roamio Plus ~ $ 400 + Service TiVo - Wikipedia 12. Philips HMP2000 11. Samsung Smart Media Player 10. VIZIO Co-Star LT 9. Matricom G-Box Midnight MX2 8. PLAiR 2 Network TV - Time's comment - May 2014 7. Roku 1 (NTSC ANALOG) 6. Roku 2 Cable TV - Time's comment - May 2014 5. Google Chromecast 4. Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI Version) Emmy Winners - Time's comment - May 2014 3. Apple TV 2. Amazon Fire TV ($ 100) The All-Time Classic - Time's comment - May 2014 1. Roku 3 7 Best TV Streaming Devices - DIGITAL TRENDS - January 2015 1. Roku 3 ($ 100) Best Roku Channels 2015 2. Roku Stick ($ 50) 3. Fire TV ($ 100) 4. Apple TV ($ 100) 5. Google Nexus Player ($ 100) Best Streaming Players: Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV & More - TOM's GUIDE - JAN 22, 2015 1. Roku 3 ($ 100) - Best Streaming Media Player Overall 2. Google Chromecast ($ 35) - Best Streaming Media Player for the Money 3. Roku Streaming Stick ($ 50) - Best Streaming Stick 4. Google Nexus Player ($ 100) - Best Android TV Player 5. Slingbox M1 ($ 119) - Best Live TV Streamer - by Sling Media Record Your Favorite Shows on Sling TV with New Cloud DVR, Now in Beta - Thnx Dwain - 3/14/2017 6. Sony Playstation 3 ($ 175) - Best Game Console for Streaming 7. Samsung Smart 3D Blu-ray Disc Player ($ 140) - Best Blu-ray Player for Streaming 8. Apple TV ($ 90) - Best Streaming Player for Apple Users 9. G-Box Midnight MX2 ($ 83) - Best Device for XBMC (Xbox Media Center) LATEST REVIEWS:: 10. TiVo Roamio OTA ($ 50) - OTA ONLY 11. Razer Forge TV ($ 100) - promises to be everything Five Best Streaming Set-Top Boxes - LIFEHACKER - JUNE 2014 1. Roku 3 ($ 100) - Best Streaming Media Player Overall 2. (Amazon) Fire TV ($ 100) 3. Apple TV ($ 90) - Best Streaming Player for Apple Users 4. Game Consoles (PlayStation 4/3, Xbox One/360) SONY Playstation 3 SONY Playstation 4 Xbox One compatibility with Xbox 360 and original Xbox: FAQ Yes, you can: How to play Xbox 360 games on Xbox One GTA 5 on Xbox One!! (How to play Xbox 360 games on XB1 ... Best movie streaming box for under £100? Fire TV vs Apple TV vs Chromecast and more - MAR 2015 1. Apple TV ($ 90) - Best Streaming Player for Apple Users 2. (Amazon) Fire TV ($ 100) 3. Amazon Fire TV Stick ($ 100) 4. Roku 3 ($ 100) 5. Roku Streaming Stick ($ 50) 6. Now TV ($ 25 ??) 7. WD TV Play ($ 125 ??) 8. Google Chromecast ($ 35) 9. Prestigio MultiCenter ( £61 ) 10. Xtreamer Multi-Console (more expensive?)

BUILD / CREATE / DIY - OTA HDTV DVR

Cut the Cord on Cable TV - Make your Own OTA HDTV DVR

OTHER OTA DVRs

TV antenna tricks for the modern-day cord cutter - TechHive Aereo alternatives for recording free over-the-air TV (roundup) Cut the Cord on Cable TV - Make your Own OTA HDTV DVR The Best OTA DVR for your Antenna - Grounded Reason - MAY 2016

ALPHABETIC ORDER - Streaming HDTV / Video Media Players

Remember, these days almost every device will have some streaming options, such as Netflix

Usually Requiring an Ethernet Internet connection and probably a monthly Fee

Amazon Fire TV - Best for casual games, voice search ~ $ 99 Amazon Fire TV Stick - Best for Amazon content and hotel Wi-Fi ~ $ 40 Plugs into your TV's HDMI port. Use to mainline your Amazon shows and some others. HBO GO is coming in Spring of 2016? Also compatible with 300+ video games, but you need a $40 remote. Apple TV - Best Streamer for Apple users ~ $ 64 - $ 69 Easy access to your iTunes content. Families can pool content. Can share up to Six (6) iTunes Libraries. Allows you to mirroir you Apple devices' screen onto your Apple TV. Access to some third-party content: Hulu and Netflix (subscription probably required). ASUS Cube Google Chromecast - Cheap, innovative alternative ~ $ 35 Has NO REMOTE - Use Apps on your SMARTPHONE. Supports content providers such as YouTube, HBO GO and Netflix. Transfers content to your your set. Your (smartphone) controls Volume and Playback. Using the Chrome Browser you can cast websitres from your computer to your TV. Google Nexus Player ($ 100) - Best Android TV Player Matricom G-Box Midnight MX2 Now TV Philips HMP2000 PLAiR 2 - 2013 Plair 2 review - Page 2 - CNET Prestigio MultiCenter Razer Forge TV - $99 Roku 3 - Best Streaming Device, PERIOD ~ $ 94 - $ 99 Roku 2 - Best Streaming Device for the Money ~ $ 70 Roku 1 - Best option for ANALOG (NTSC) TV connections ~ $ 48 Roku Streaming Stick - Best Streaming Stick ~ $ 35 - $ 65 Has a wide range of niche selections - more than 1,800 channels. Has an excellent Remote. Roku LT (2013) - lacking features Roku LT (2013) review - CNET Samsung Smart Media Player Samsung Smart 3D Blu-ray Disc Player Slingbox M1 ($ 119) - Best Live TV Streamer Review: Sling TV wins a battle for cord-cutters, but not the war... yet - gizmag - FEB 2016 I AM EXTREMELY INTERESTED IN THIS SERVICE: SLING TV - Click HERE. The BEST ADD-ON CHANNELS to SUPPLEMENT OTA CHANNELS (my opinion). NOTE: SLING TV USES AN HDMI PORT - makes me suspect we will NOT be able to record any of these shows, by any means. I am attempting to confirm this. OBVIOUSLY, YOU NEED AN HDMI PORT (SlingTV mentioned using one on an HDTV). For twenty dollars a month Sling offers live-streaming networks, mostly Turner and Disney properties, including EPIX, ESPN, TNT, TBS, CNN, ABC Family, HGTV, HLN, the Food Network, the Travel Channel, ABC Family and the Disney Channel, with AMC set to be added to the core package. What Channels are available on Sling TV? MAY 25, 2016 “THE BEST OF LIVE TV” base package includes top rated Nielsen-rated sports, lifestyle, family and news networks, including: ESPN, ESPN2, AMC, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC Family, CNN, El Rey, Galavision, Makers, IFC, A&E, HISTORY, H2, Lifetime and Bloomberg TV for just $20 a month. Plus you get access to our extensive VOD library. When you sign up for the Best of Live TV or select Sling International packages, you can also add HBO® for only $15 a month more. Sling TV reportedly has over 600,000 subscribers - SCROLL DOWN - 2/19/2016 Cord Cutting Service Sling TV Gets Its First Broadcast Channel With Addition Of ABC - 2/19/2016 HBO®: Sling TV customers with HBO® will have access to the live HBO® channel as well as the same long form Video-On-Demand titles available on HBO NOW® and HBO GO®. Also, when you sign up for the Best of Live TV, you can add on the following Extras for only $5 a month more each: Sports Extra – Networks include: SEC Network, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Bases Loaded, Univision Deportes, Universal Sports, and beIN Sports. Deportes Extra – Networks include: Univision Deportes, Univision, UniMás, beIN Sports en Español, beIN Sports HD, and Azteca. Kids Extra – Networks include: Disney Junior, Disney XD, Boomerang, Baby TV, and Duck TV. Hollywood Extra – Networks include: EPIX, EPIX 2, EPIX 3, EPIX Drive-in and Sundance. Películas & Novelas Extra – Networks include: Univision TL Novelas, Cinelatino, De Película, De Película Clásico, Pasiones, Az Corazón, Univision, and UniMás. World News Extra – Networks include: HLN, News 18, Euro News, NDTV 24/7, France 24 and Russia Today. Lifestyle Extra – Networks include: Cooking Channel, DIY, we TV, truTV, FYI and LMN. A few of the lifestyle networks (HGTV, the Food Network and the Travel Channel) also make some of their flagship shows available to watch on-demand through Sling TV, and there's also movies that can be rented on demand. Not Ready For Most TV Screens Yet When Sling was announced, Dish (owns Sling) said users could stream the service to their TV screens through gaming consoles, Amazon Fire streaming devices, and through Roku boxes and streaming sticks. But as of now, only the Roku products work to bring Sling directly to your TV. —- UPDATE: A few days after launch, Sling became available on Amazon Fire TV sticks and boxes. — And since Sling is only available on PC via an app, Chromecast users can not use Google Cast to push the video from their computer to the TV screen wirelessly. I AM EXTREMELY INTERESTED IN THIS SERVICE: SLING TV. 5 Things To Consider Before Spending $20/Month On Sling Sling TV's bargain service clever but NEEDS DVR, more ... Sling TV: Everything you need to know - C/NET Extensive Sling TV review - C/NET What Is Sling TV Online Video Streaming? A FAQ Sling TV: You have questions, we have answers ROKU 4 and Roku OS 7 - 4K Ultra Streaming Sony NSZ-GS7 - Second generation Sony NSZ-GS7 - PCMAG Sony NSZ-GS8 - Discontinued? Sony Playstation 3 ($ 175) - Best Game Console for Streaming (I have no oipinion) PlayStation 4 review - CNET Official Tablo TV Site - Over The Air (OTA) DVR Tablo 4-Tuner Over-The-Air HDTV DVR Latest Tablo Reviews News and Press Releases TabloTV Community Tivo BOLT - 4K Ready TiVo Roamio OTA $ 50 and ROAMIO OTA/Cable $ 200+ Service TiVo Roamio Pro ~ $ 600 + Service TiVo Roamio Plus ~ $ 400 + Service TiVo Mini - SPECs TiVo - Wikipedia VIZIO Co-Star LT Western Digital WD TV Media Player (2014) - Best for playing local files ~ $ 84 - $ 109 WD TV Play WD TV Play Review & Rating - PCMag.com Xtreamer Multi-Console (more expensive?)

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