Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Streaming Media Player

Tap into your home WiFi connection and enjoy movies, television shows, and other programs.

Streaming media
Streaming media players can open up an entire new world of entertainment to you and your family.NVIDIA

Every major network now has some sort of streaming service. Add to that media landscape a wealth of content from the likes of Netflix, Apple TV, Disney+, Amazon Video, as well as a host of streaming providers such as Sling, Hulu, Roku, and many others, and it’s quickly apparent that streaming content is the best way to watch exactly what you want, when you want, for what you are willing to pay. But first you need a device capable of tapping into that constant flow of news, sports, and entertainment. If you are looking to upgrade your TV and movie-watching experience, it’s time to step up to a streaming-media device. Here are a few things to consider.

App Selection

NVIDIA Shield TV Pro
A streaming device acts as a hub for all your entertainment apps.NVIDIA

Streaming media players work by allowing you to download the apps that can access a huge variety of programs. Look for a streaming device with an app selection that includes your favorites, such as Netflix, ESPN, YouTube, Disney+ and other prolific content producers.

4K and HD Streaming

Roku Ultra
Before you buy a streaming device, make sure it will work with your television.Roku

4K is now the high end of resolution for video streaming. If your player supports 4K, it’s likely to support everything below that range, such as HD and Ultra HD. But first check to make sure the device is compatible with your TV.

Voice Enabled

Roku Express HD Streaming Media Player
Voice-enabled streaming devices make it easier to search for whatever you’d like to watch.Roku

One of the best features of modern streaming devices is the voice-control functionality. Whether that’s Siri, Alexa, or some proprietary technology, you’ll find voice commands to be the fastest way to access just about every corner of the streaming universe.