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How to Choose the Best Streaming Device for You

There is no shortage of streaming technology to choose from today. From streaming sticks to Smart TVs, you’ll have your hands full just trying to decide what you should buy!

And when your streaming device is combined with Hunter fiber-optic internet and MyBundle’s many cost-saving streaming entertainment apps, you’ll be able to enjoy endless amounts of streaming content!

In this blog we highlight some of the best options for streaming devices, including options based on your preferences and tech you probably already have.

The Most Important Initial Considerations—Brands and Budget

To start, every device on the list below is reliable and will provide you access to almost all the streaming content available today. We recommend taking stock of your current devices, smart home tech, digital subscriptions, and brands. Also, decide what you’re willing to spend on streaming tech. Then, you can start doing research and making a purchasing decision.

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Roku—A “Brand-Neutral” Streaming Option

If you are not particularly “brand-loyal” or have a mix of different digital subscriptions with multiple providers, then Roku is just the device for you.

The Roku Streaming Stick 4K is praised for its broad access to apps through the Roku Store, reliable and fast streaming capabilities, and budget-friendly prices.

It’s frequently the least expensive of the bunch on this list. Roku is essentially “brand-neutral,” so while it won’t connect via Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant, you can still use the remote to find great entertainment. It is also a good option for people looking for a simple streaming device rather than a “Grand Central Station” for your home’s streaming content.

Best Devices for Apple Users

For households with iPhones, iPads, Mac laptops and iPads, and other Apple services, we recommend you consider the Apple TV 4K.

One of the more expensive streaming devices on this list, it is packed with features, including an improved remote that connects seamlessly to Siri and enhanced picture quality.

The Apple TV 4K can also be the coordinated hub for Apple HomeKit, Apple’s Smart Home service. So if you’re an “Apple aficionado,” it may be the right option for your household—as long as you’re comfortable with its $100+ price tag.

Best Devices for Amazon Users

If you’re a Prime member or an Alexa user, check out Amazon’s streaming devices.

For a feature-rich but more expensive Amazon streaming device, check out the Amazon Fire TV Cube. Displaying in 4K quality and with an exceptionally-fast internal processor, the Fire TV Cube integrates with Alexa’s voice-controlled technology.

If you’re looking for an Amazon budget option, consider the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max, which plugs into your television’s HDMI port.

We’re particularly impressed by the Fire Stick 4K Max’s fast performance, which is often among the industry’s speediest.

Best Devices for Google Users

Households utilizing Google’s Smart Home products, such as Nest and other devices, may find the Chromecast with Google TV streaming stick an especially excellent option.

Its voice activation helps control and access the Chromecast’s features and uses Google Assistant, Google’s voice activation service.

Widely recognized as one of the best overall streaming sticks available today, the Chromecast is also a solid budget choice compared to Amazon’s Fire TV Cube and the Apple TV 4K.

Many users enjoy the uniquely-shaped oval remote control, helping the Chromecast stand out among its competitors.

You can’t go wrong with any of these devices. Just take stock of your budget and current digital subscriptions and technology, make your selection, and then dive into MyBundle’s extensive line-up of streaming apps and programming!