Comparing the Best Streaming Media Players

This article compares the five top streaming media players. Just read through the article to get your best media players.

Roku

Roku is a streaming media player that makes it easy to access movies, games, music, TV shows and other content on TV. Free channels in their hundreds are provided including subscription services such as Hulu Plus and Netflix while offering a convenient way of buying or renting a popular or favorite show or film with Redbox, VUDU and Amazon Instant Video.

What you will like

  • If you are a cable subscriber, Roku allows you to watch on-demand movies and favorite originals from various services such as History Channel, A&E, Fox Now, Watch Disney, Watch ESPN, Showtime Anytime and HBO GO.
  • Using Roku players does not come with hidden costs such as recurring fees.
  • There is no monthly subscription as the user is accorded the chance to pay the content of choice.
  • The media player connects to the TV directly including the high-speed internet service in use through the home network in use.
  • With their guided walkthrough, every step is easy to follow with zero tech support required.
  • If you have an older TV model, Roku ensures you are able to watch your content through the provided RCA audio and video output.
  • Digital TV users of Roku through HDMI output enjoy a high quality and smooth audio and video feed.
  • What you might not like

  • Roku has a huge content catalog, but some of the companies providing it like live games and music channels require paid memberships.
  • Conversely, users with .avi video content will find Roku XD/S unable to play it.
  • Users with older TV versions using RCA audio and video connections have to grapple with a drop in audio and video quality, which is not because of Roku but the RCA technology.
  • Table Comparing the Five Top Streaming Media Players

      Roku Apple TV WD TV Live Xbox 360 PlayStation 3
    Remote Control
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    USB Port
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    Built-in Wi-Fi
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    Ethernet Port
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    HDMI port
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    Play Music from a Computer
    No
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    No
    Play Videos from a Computer
    No
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    No
    Internal Storage
    No
    No
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes

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