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Picking the Right Streaming Device

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎02-11-2016 02:20 PM - edited ‎06-02-2017 02:12 PM (1,189 Views)

Streaming devices have become a necessity for the majority of households. The real question is, what is the correct one for yours? Prior to diving in and selecting a device please ensure your internet can keep up. You can check our recommendations on Streaming Speeds here


It’s essential to answer these questions prior to purchasing a streaming device to ensure that you do get the correct one to fit all of your streaming needs. 


Are you cutting the cord with cable?


If you are I’d suggest checking out this help guide on The Alternative TV Solutions Buying Guide goes over everything you need to know in order to make sure you have best experience when you do cut the cord.


Who will be using the device?


Some devices are more user friendly than others, and if you aren’t that tech savvy or children will be using the device can influence your decisions. Is one of the individuals that will be using the device hearing impaired? There’s streaming devices that come with earbuds!


What applications are you hoping to use on your new streaming device?


The applications you are interested in using can drastically determine which streaming device is the one for you. It’s super important that you double check that the streaming device you are thinking about purchasing can support your applications needs.


We've actually have chart with the most popular and frequently asked about applications. It also mentions if there is a cost associated with the application too! 


You can check that chart out here. 




Now that you’ve thought about those questions let’s look at which streaming devices currently are offered on!


Apple TV


Apple TV (4th Gen)
Apple TV (4th Gen)

-Same great features as the 3rd Gen.

-Touch pad remote with Siri.

-Access to the App Store.

-Better Processor (A8) and Audio (Dolby Digital 7.1)

-Options for storage either 32GB or 64GB


Roku Streaming Devices













Roku Express


-Access to 4,500+ streaming channels

-Full HD Support


Roku Streaming Stick

Roku Streaming Stick


-Supports HD content in 1080p

-Quad-core processor

-Access to 4,500+ streaming channels




Roku Premiere

-Same key features as Streaming Stick

-HDMI (4K video via HDCP2.2 HDMI)

-Night Listening Mode

-Quad-core processor





Roku Premiere +

-Same key features as Roku Premiere

-Ethernet & Micro SD card ports

-Remote with headphone jack for private listening






Roku Ultra 

-Same key features as the RokuRoku Premiere+

-Remote finder

-Gaming buttons

-USB port & digital optical audio output

-Dolby Audio 


Amazon Fire



Fire Stick with Voice Remote


Amazon Fire Stick with Voice Remote

-Pick and Choose Application Interface

-Quad-core Processor

-Voice remote with Alexa Technology

-HDMI HDCP 2.2 enabled





Amazon Fire


Amazon Fire TV

-4K Ultra HD

-Alexa Voice Search

-Micro SD for extra storage



Both packages are available in a bundle the with Slideclick Universal Remote


Amazon Fire TV & Slideclick Remote | Amazon Fire Stick & Slide Click Remote | Slideclick Remote

Google Chromecast




-Doesn’t have applications, but ‘casts’ from your phone or tablet

-Mirrors Chrome browser to your TV

-USB or HDMI connection



Chromecast Ultra

-Same as Chromecast

-4K Ultra HD and HDR compatible


For a deeper look into each streaming media player please check out our Streaming Media Player Buying Guide.