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.
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
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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
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