Net Flicks: Cut the Cord With These Great Set-Top Boxes
Nowadays media streaming devices offer dramatically improved user experiences, access to a wide range of content at 1080p, and price tags easily within anyone’s budget, making it easier than ever to cut the cable company's iron umbilical cord. We’ve selected the top five that should satiate any media user, aficionado to amateur.
2013 has been the year of the smart TV. Internet connectivity officially transitioned from fun toy to absolute essential; streaming audio and video became everyday tools for living room binge watching and impromptu Toto listening parties. TV manufacturers may have integrated smart features into their sets, but set-top boxes easily dominate both performance and design, and a lack of full commitment from big manufacturers like Apple and Google has opened up the market for innovative, strong upstarts to flourish. Count Roku among those iconoclastic newcomers. Released in the first quarter of the year, their Roku 3 ($95) is a massive leap forward for the set-top box -- and it arrived at a price lower than the competition.
3M Streaming Projector Powered by Roku
The 3M Streaming Projector ($300) compensates for all of your mobile media inadequacy issues, both in content and screen size. Weighing roughly a pound, the 4.3 x 4.2 x 2.0 inch puck can project images in WVGA resolution at up to 120-inches diagonally at a max brightness of 60 lumens. That kind of performance won’t...
The Simple.TV is aimed at frugal households looking to save on cable costs without missing their generic investigative dramas. After connecting to a coax cable or HD antenna, a USB hard drive, and a home network, the device allows users to watch live shows in 1080p on their main TV, as well as on a...
Roku Streaming Stick
Roku’s current streaming accessories were already carnie hand friendly, but their new streaming stick manages to pack the same functionality into an even smaller dongle. The goal of the product is to make any TV with an MHL-enabled HDMI port into a smart TV. For those a little rusty on their jargon, Mobile-High-Definition link (or...
Gift Guide 2011 | 10 Picks for the Home Theater Buff
As rabid movie, music fans and gamers, we’re always on the hunt for gear that can push our home entertainment experience to 11 (much to our better half’s chagrin). This roundup includes some of our favorite home theater products out today that we’d love to host in our living room. Continues after the jump.
The entry point for accessing any kind of streaming media service on your TV just got even lower. For $50, Roku’s new LT model can stream over 300 different content services in 720p to virtually any TV out there. All you really need to care about though is Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant, Pandora, EPIX,...
Netflix Player by Roku
Somewhere, the Postal Service revenue department is crying a little. The new Netflix Player by Roku negates the single biggest flaw of Netflix, snail mail. With access to Netflix’s library of 10,000 movies and television episodes you’ll be able to instantly watch movies from your queue. Netflix’s standard library of 100,000 DVD’s remains part of...