Calling all cable cutters! It’s an exciting time to be you.
Streaming devices are the top tier of flexible viewing, bringing all the streaming services you use into one neat location. Whether you’re looking for live coverage of the Premier League or some pithy life lessons from Jose Mourinho in Netflix’s “The Playbook”, you’re covered with the click of a button. If that's not enough, any device worth its salt features 4k and HDR content, so you've always got a front-row seat.
There are a lot of streaming devices to choose from. To fast-track you to the right one for your budget, we've put together our six best and brightest.
What to consider:
- Visual Quality
- Apps in the device library
- App and content Loading speed
- Smart device functions
- Dolby audio and visual compatibility
Our Top Six Streaming Devices
- Roku Streaming Stick 4k [$49.99]
- Roku Express 4k [ $39.99]
- Nvidia Shield TV [$149.99]
- Chromecast with Google TV 4k [$49.99]
- Amazon Firestick 4k max [$54.99]
- Apple TV 4k [$129.99]
We've weighed up the merits of each, so you can decide which gets the sacred spot in your living room.
Whether you're buying on a budget, or on the hunt for premium visuals that put you a hairbreadth from the action, there's something for you.
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You can also find league and competition schedules for your favorite teams using GOAL's streaming services.
Do I have to pay monthly for my device?
No, your streaming device is a one-off purchase. However, streaming services and channels accessed via your streaming device (e.g., Netflix, Amazon Prime, Peacock, Paramount+) will require you to pay a monthly subscription.
Will I have access to every channel?
Most devices have access to the big streaming apps you need. However, if you’re looking to stream specific leagues and games, it’s essential to check which services broadcast them and whether those services are available through that device.
Are additional features worth the extra cost?
That depends. For most people watching the big game in 4k with HDR is more than enough to feel close to the action. But if you want a cinematic experience with every watch and are willing to invest, the likes of Dolby Audio and visuals will provide a more immersive viewing experience.