Best Streaming Devices and Services

Best Streaming Devices and Services

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Many people have made the switch from cable/satellite to online streaming. This not only saves you money but you can access tons of free content at the click of a button. With so many services out there and different apps, we want to give you a quick rundown of our top recommended devices and streaming apps. We are going to focus on devices that are not only cheap but are extremely user-friendly. For the streaming apps, we are going to cover what we are currently using that gives you the best quality and content available.

Before we get started covering the devices and apps we want to inform you that you should protect yourself while streaming. Whether you are using a device we recommend, a PC, or phone we highly suggest that you purchase a VPN service and install it on all of your devices. You could simply install the VPN directly onto your router, however, this will limit your internet speeds for all devices, so we only recommend that you install the VPN on the devices in which you choose to stream content on. Using a VPN service like IPVanish will greatly increase your online protection and keep your ISP from spying on you. Unsure if you need a VPN? Check out our IPVanish review. Ready to get your devices protected today? Simply follow the IPVanish ad below to get started. Once you have made your purchase simply go to our IPVanish install guide so you can get your devices setup.


Top Recommend Streaming Devices

Streaming devices can range anywhere from $30 to over $100. This is a wide gap that leaves many people unsure which device to get, and which device will give them the most for their money. We have found that the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Fire TV are the best and cheapest solution. You not only get a device that is cheap but one that is user-friendly works with your Amazon Prime Account, and gives you plenty of storage for your favorite streaming apps.

Our first choice is the Amazon Fire TV:

  • Experience true-to-life picture quality in 4K Ultra HD and HDR.
  • Now supports Dolby Atmos audio—feel scenes come to life in three dimensions.
  • Access 500,000+ movies and TV episodes from popular channels and apps including Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, SHOWTIME, NBC, and more.
  • Do more with Alexa—find and control content, play music, check movie showtimes, order a pizza, and more. Just press and ask using your Alexa Voice Remote (1st Gen) or pair an Echo device for hands-free control.
  • Navigate millions of websites such as YouTube, Facebook, and Reddit with browsers like Silk and Firefox.
  • Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV episodes, plus ad-free listening to millions of songs with Prime Music.
  • No cable or satellite? No problem. Watch live TV and sports with subscriptions to Hulu, PlayStation Vue, and Sling TV.

Fire TV (3rd Gen) has been streamlined and is available at a lower price with 4K Ultra HD, an Alexa Voice Remote (1st Gen), and a new form factor that hangs out of sight behind your TV. With these changes from Fire TV (2nd Gen), if you would like to have the speed and reliability of wired internet, we recommend you purchase the optional Amazon Ethernet Adapter. Depending on your home setup, you can also purchase an optional HDMI extender to position Fire TV further away from your TV.

If you are using your TV to power Fire TV instead of the included power adapter, you may experience issues with 4K content playback. We recommend using the included power supply for best performance of your device.

Our second choice is the new Amazon Fire TV Stick:

  • The most powerful 4K streaming media stick with a new Wi-Fi antenna design optimized for 4K Ultra HD streaming, with more storage for apps and games than any other 4K streaming media stick.
  • Launch and control all your favorite movies and TV shows with the next-gen Alexa Voice Remote. New power, volume, and mute buttons to control your TV, sound bar, and receiver.
  • Enjoy the brilliant picture and immersive sound with access to 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, HDR, HDR10+, and Dolby Atmos.
  • Choose from 500,000 movies and TV episodes. Watch favorites from Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, STARZ, SHOWTIME, CBS All Access, and others.
  • Experience tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills, plus millions of websites like YouTube, Facebook, and Reddit.
  • Alexa on Fire TV provides the most comprehensive voice experience of any streaming media player—view live camera feeds, check the weather, dim the lights, and stream music.
  • Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV episodes, plus ad-free listening to millions of songs with Prime Music.
  • No cable or satellite? No problem. Watch live TV and sports with subscriptions to Hulu, PlayStation Vue, and Sling TV.

No matter which device you choose you can’t go wrong. Both of the Amazon Fire devices will give you the best experience.

Best Streaming Apps For Your Devices

There are tons of apps available for you to install on your devices for streaming tv and movies. With so many choices out there it really is hard to decide which ones are the best. We are constantly adding new install guides for the best streaming apps here on this site. To stay up to date with the best apps make sure you subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on our social media pages.

Currently, we are using the following apps for streaming movies and tv:

We have found that these apps offer the best content, are user-friendly, and have quality streaming links for 4k/HD movies and TV shows. If you are looking for live TV we highly recommend that you check out our Area51 IPTV service review. With Area51 you can get 1,000’s of live TV channels, sports, news, and movies for as little as $5 a month.

 

Be sure to leave us a comment letting us know which devices are your favorite and which apps you have. Looking for an install guide that we don’t have yet? Let us know!

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