Selecting a Streaming Media Player
Streaming media players are devices that stream live audio and video services from online vendors. The most common versions of digital media players you'll find are wireless models, but some have Ethernet adapter ports for hard connections to networks. Amazon's Fire TV streaming media players allow you to access a variety of movies, videos, and music services that it offers. Other options, such as Roku media players, offer free and paid channels, movies, and TV shows. These devices also allow you to watch other subscription-based streaming services.
Digital media players are generally small pieces of equipment that contain basic HDMI or composite cable connections and wireless or Ethernet network connectivity options. Most of these devices allow you to play video and audio. Some enable you to view video that you download to other devices, or to stream music live to tabletop audio devices. If you're looking for your favorite TV channels without the bells and whistles, consider an over-the-air antenna and a TV tuner.
Choosing Media Streaming Devices
If you know what type of movies, music, and app availability you'll need, it should be easy to find the right media player for your home. Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast and Amazon's Firestick are popular choices. Roku Express media players have user-friendly interfaces and offer remote options that make it easy to access your favorite channels and streaming apps. Fire TV streaming media players are compact, connect using HDMI interface, and offer 8GB of storage. Some versions are compatible with remotes that use Amazon's Alexa voice command service. There are also Chromecast Ultra kit options, which come with Google Home voice recognition equipment and support more than one user.
Some accessories that you may need in conjunction with your media player are conversion adapters, extension cords, and mounting hardware.