- 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. Airtel Xstream Box
The Xstream Box from Airtel turns your normal TV into a smart one and supports 4K streaming. Therefore, if you’ve got yourself a 4K television, then this would be a good option. The streaming device offers several built-in features such as Bluetooth connectivity and Chromecast support. You can easily download all your favourite apps from the Google Play Store. It supports apps such as Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, among others. If you’d like to play games on the TV, you can do that as well, and even use your smartphone as a gamepad. You get other features such as voice search and a 1-month free subscription to the Airtel Xtream app.
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. Tx6 Mini Smart TV Box
Tx6 Mini is a streaming box that supports apps like Zoom, Google Meet for video conferencing. It comes powered by quad-core Allwinner H6 processor with 2GB RAM and offering 16GB onboard storage. The device runs on Android 9 OS and supports video content up to 4K quality. You can also connect wireless mouse and keyboard to use it like a monitor for classes. It supports wireless streaming via Miracast as well. The device can connect to the internet via Wi-Fi or LAN cable (ethernet port). Speaking of ports, you get multiple USB ports, TF card slot and more. The Tx6 Mini smart TV box is selling in the country for Rs 3,199.
5. Cubetek 4K
Cubetek 4K is a portable streaming device powered by Android platform. The device packs a Rockchip quad-core processor, along with penta-core GPU to let you stream 4K movies without any lag. The chipset is paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage on board that adds to the performance capability of the box. You can connect old or new TV models using the HDMI or AV cable port. For connectivity, you have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth that allows you to download apps and use them on the big screen. It has multiple USB ports, microSD card slot and LAN port for wired internet connection as well. The Cubetek 4K streaming device is priced at Rs 3,990.
Other options to consider
PS4 1TB Slim
Xbox One X
Tata Sky Ltd Binge
V.T.I. Smart Multimedia Internet MXQ Pro 4k
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
Dish TV Hub