Nvidia’s Shield TV, the best media streamer for enthusiasts, hits its lowest price yet

You don’t need to settle for a simple Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV Stick. If you’re looking for a media streamer that checks virtually every high-end box you could ask for and can play games from a wide variety of sources, Nvidia’s Shield TV with remote is just $140 on Amazon right now. That’s $40 cheaper than the usual price of $180 for the device we crowned “the best media streamer for geeks.” We haven’t seen the Shield TV price drop very often, and this is the all-time low for Nvidia’s streaming box.To read this article in full, please click here …

Here comes the next wave of cord-cutting

A little more than four years ago, I wrote my first of many weekly columns about cord-cutting for TechHive, proclaiming that this was the start of a golden age.Things were different back then. Netflix and Amazon Prime were just getting big enough to become a real threat to cable companies and TV networks. Traditional TV subscriptions were still growing, but at a slower rate than in previous years. Networks like HBO and CBS were starting to think about their own streaming services, but Sling TV, the first bundle of live TV streaming channels, wouldn’t launch until the following year.To read this article in full, please click here …

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K review: This is the media streamer to beat

The Fire TV Stick 4K is the media streamer that Amazon should have released years ago.Cooler than a Roku and much cheaper than an Apple TV, the new $50 streaming dongle offers 4K HDR video in every conceivable format while outperforming Amazon’s more expensive Fire TV Cube ($120) and third-generation Fire TV ($70, now discontinued). It also corrects the stupidest mistake of previous Fire TV models by including TV volume and power controls on its remote control. Factor in powerful Alexa voice commands and you have a compelling 4K HDR streamer at any price, let alone the lowest price on the market.To read this article in full, please click here …

Roku Premiere and Roku Premiere+ 2018 review: Good deal, bad deal

Going into this review of the 2018 Roku Premiere and Roku Premiere+, I had a hypothesis: These new budget 4K HDR streamers would be fine for people whose routers are close to their televisions, but most buyers should opt for the Roku Streaming Stick+, which is slightly pricier but offers better Wi-Fi connectivity.Testing the hypothesis proved me wrong. For $50, the Roku Premiere+ is a fine value for streaming 4K HDR video from services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. And in practice, you might not notice or care that it’s a single-band (2.4GHz only) Wi-Fi client that’s restricted to using the aging 802.11n wireless standard. Spending $10 more on the Streaming Stick+ is only necessary if there are lots of people at home competing for your network’s bandwidth, or if your neighbors’ Wi-Fi networks are causing interference on yours (I’ll get deeper into this a bit later).To read this article in full, please click here …


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