With live streaming gaining a lot of popularity, cable TV new feels outdated to many. Streaming shows and movies provides consumer with a greater variety of entertainment options.
Modern Smart TVs operate in a similar way to media streaming devices and in fact if you do not mind the limited number of apps, you could argue that there’s really no need to get a separate device to stream your favourite shows.
However, if you are big on entertainment then a media streaming device might be a great option for you. The gold standard among these devices is any streaming players capable of 4K HDR. They come in two main designs—set top boxes and dongles.
The set top box is generally more powerful. They provide the user with access to thousands of apps and thus plenty of entertainment options.
The second type, the dongles or streaming sticks are not as powerful as the set top boxes. In some instances, however, they are still able to provide you with 4K HDR streaming. They are also far more affordable than their set top box counterparts.
They are both capable of connecting to apps that enable the user to access entertainment channels such as Amazon Video, Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, YouTube and Spotify.
Another type of streaming media player is the full HD streaming players. They are designed to function the best with 1080p TVs which normally have a limited number of apps. Most full HD TVs will not actually come with the smart feature.
Keep in mind that this is not to say that a 4K HDR streaming device will not work with HD TV. However, if you are on a budget and have this type of TV, then a full HD streaming device is probably your best bet.
If on the other hand you enjoy gaming, then you can get a console that provides you with the option of live media streaming such as the Playstation 4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch. However, note that the game consoles may not provide you with the high number of options that the 4K HDR and Full HD streaming devices would.