Choosing Your Best Streaming Media Player

Basically, streaming media player, digital set-top box, home media player, or network media player are the same devices that let you to stream content (audio or video) from the Internet to your TV.

Streaming media players are a good choice for people who don`t want to spend much space in their table because they come in small size, smaller than a PC or even a DVD player.

You are also don`t need a hard disk, CD/DVD drive/disc, or the like. Connect it to internet and TV then you are more than ready to be entertained. So simple and practical.

Even more, streaming media players are fairly budget friendly. Mostly basic units are priced from $49 and most units come at $100 or less.

But with so many choices on the market, choosing the best one can be confusing. But there are several factors that will help you find streaming media player that fits your needs, such as:

1. Streaming video services available -Just make sure the one that you choose can access your favorite streaming services.

2. Ensure the file compatibility owned by the product is a perfect match to your music and movies you have stored on your PC, tablet, or smartphone.

3. Connections - Most media player have an HDMI output, which may be all you need. However, if you need additional types of outputs, do your homework to determine which media players meet your criteria.

4. Check whether the user interface is easy enough to operate.

5. Choose the one that support Wi-Fi because it is easier to connect, since you don’t have to run any wires.

6. Your budget - check out the offered features. Will you use them all? Just pay for what you use or enjoy!

Best Top Rated Streaming Media Players

1. Google Chromecast HDMI (Under $30)
• Reviewed by 14,570 buyers - 3.9 out of 5 stars - READ REVIEWS
• Stream online video, music to your TV using your smartphone, tablet, or laptop; Available for Windows computers running Windows 7 or higher
• Supports Netflix, YouTube, HBO GO, Hulu Plus, Pandora, and Google Play Movies and Music mobile apps as well as select content through Chrome browser
• Works with Android, iOS, Chrome for Mac, and Chrome for Windows
• Easy setup: Plug into any HDTV and connect to your home WiFi network
• Box includes Chromecast, HDMI extender, USB power cable, and power adapter
• Dimensions: 2.8 x 1.4 x 0.5 inches ; 0.2 ounces

2. Roku 3 Streaming Media Player (Under $95)
• Reviewed by 6,273 buyers - 4.3 out of 5 stars - READ REVIEWS
• Faster and more powerful. With up to 1080p HD video* and extended-range, dual-band wireless performance for increased speed
• Amazing remote with headphone jack. Use the included in-ear headphones to crank up that late-night flick while the kids (or parents) sleep
• One-stop search. Find your favorite movies and TV shows all from one place from top TV and Movie services like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video or Hulu Plus
• 1000+ channels and growing. The best selection of streaming out there. Everything from Netflix to Hulu Plus to HBO GO to Major League Baseball
• Free iOS and Android device app. Use it like a remote. Browse and add new channels. Even stream your music and photos from your phone or tablet to your HDTV
• Dimension 3.5 x 3.5 x 1 inches, 5 ounces

3. Micca MPLAY Full-HD Digital Media Player (Under $60)
• Reviewed by 480 buyers - 3.9 out of 5 stars - READ REVIEWS
• Powerful 1080p Video Player: AVI, MKV, TS, TP, TRP, M2TS, M2T, MPG, MP4, M4V, MOV, VOB, ISO, IFO, DAT, WMV, ASF, RM, RMVB, FLV
• Wide Range Video Codec Support: H.264/AVC, VC-1(WMV9-HD), MPEG1/2/4, DivX, Xvid, RV8/9/10
• Audio Format Support: MP3, WMA, WAV, RM, OGG, AAC, M4A, FLAC, APE
• Audio Codecs: MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV, AAC, FLAC, AC3, DTS, True-HD, DTS-MA/HR
• Supports USB Drives, USB Hard Drives, SD/SDHC Flash Memory Cards, FAT32 and NTFS, up to 2TB
• Dimension: 6.4 x 1.6 x 5 inches ; 12.5 ounces