- Streaming devices let you stream content over the internet
- These devices will connect to your television via an HDMI cable and let you enjoy live shows, movies, and more
- They also offer features such as 4K streaming, voice control, etc
Streaming devices are an excellent addition to your living room entertainment setup. These products let you stream your favourite content, including TV shows, movies, live channels, and more, via an internet connection on your large-screen TV. You can opt for great quality by purchasing a 4K capable streaming device as well. There are several options to choose from, which can make it a little difficult for you to decide. Brands such as Amazon, Airtel, Dish TV, Tata Sky, and others have their own products in this category. Here are some of the best streaming devices to consider.
Best streaming devices
Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite
Amazon’s very own Fire TV Stick is an excellent choice among streaming sticks. However, the company also has the Fire TV Stick Lite on sale, which is more affordable. This provides fast streaming in full HD resolution, comes pre-installed with several apps such as YouTube, MXPlayer etc, and supports voice control with the included remote. The Fire TV Stick Lite is a must buy if you’re looking to bring some smart features to your TV. The device is compact and supports all your favourite streaming apps such as Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar, SonyLIV, and many more. It also lets you mirror content to the TV from your smartphone.
2. Tata Sky Ltd Binge
Tata Sky Binge is a compact TV streaming box with built-in Wi-Fi support. It lets you access live TV channels via your registered account and experience content in 1080 pixels resolution. The box gets support for Chromecast and the bundled remote lets you control with voice courtesy Google Assistant. The unique feature of Binge is that users can stream content of the past 7 days on the big screen. The bundled remote gives you the wireless control to access content from TV as well as apps like Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar and more. The Binge from Tata Sky gets a price tag of Rs 2,399.
3. VIBOTON MXQ Pro 4K
Viboton MXQ Pro 4K is another TV streaming device worth looking at in the budget segment. It runs on Android 7.1 version out of box and as the name says, capable of streaming 4K quality videos. It comes powered by quad-core processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage for apps and other data. This device can connect to old traditional TVs and LED TVs as well, via AV cable and HDMI cable respectively. You get a remote bundled with the box that lets you control the content streaming on the big screen through the box. Download apps to the device using the built-in Wi-Fi connectivity that also works out nicely to play online games. The Viboton MXQ Pro 4K is available in the market for Rs 2,349.
4. PS4 1TB Slim
You might be wondering why is the PlayStation 4 part of this list? But you also need to realise the gaming console is more than just that. Its support for internet connectivity means you can download apps from different stores and stream content from platforms like Netflix and few other apps. Which is why the PS4 is the ideal all-rounder for buyers, who can rely on its gaming as well as TV streaming capabilities. You get a large amount of onboard storage, that is limited to gaming titles. The box includes a single controller as well. The PS4 Slim is priced at Rs 27,990.
5. Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
If you own a 4K TV then this version of Fire TV Stick is worth considering. Not only does it support higher video quality but also packs improved hardware for faster overall response. In addition to this, the bundled remote has more useful features like power button, volume control added to the package. The software part of the device remains the same. But to support high video codec and features like Dolby Vision and Dolby Audio, the upgrades make it slightly costlier than the regular version. The 4K Fire TV Stick is available in India for Rs 5,999.
Other options to consider
Xbox One X
Dish TV Hub
Airtel Xstream Box
Tx6 Mini Smart TV Box
Zampeq Android TV Box