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Streaming media player boxes

There are two types of steaming gadgets: set-top boxes and HDMI sticks. Streaming boxes are larger and more expensive, but tend to be more powerful.

(Bonus:Need more help choosing the best video streaming option? We have other helpful charts that will help you make an informed decision. Click here to see a chart comparing streaming sticks, and here for a comparison of streaming service channel line-ups.)

Here is a chart comparing popular streaming boxes.

Streaming boxes

Apple TV 4K Apple TV (4th Gen) Roku Ultra Roku 3 Roku 4 Amazon Fire TV Cube Nvidia Shield
Price
$179 32GB, $199 64GB
$149 32GB
$100.00
$110.00
$100.00
$120.00
$199 16GB, $299 Shield Pro 500GB
Resolution (max)
4K HDR (2060p)
1080p
1080p, 4K Ultra HD, HDR
1080p
1080p, 4K Ultra HD
4K Ultra HD and HDR
4K HDR
Video connections
HDMI
HDMI
HDMI, 4K video HDCP 2.2 HDMI
HDMI
HDMI
HDMI
HDMI
Audio connections
HDMI
HDMI
HDMI
HDMI
HDMI
HDMI
HDMI
Other connections
Gigabit Ethernet, IR receiver
USB-C
Micro SD, USB
microSD, USB
microSD, USB
USB
No
Wired networking
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Wireless networking
802.11ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO; simultaneous dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
Dual-band 802.11ac
802.11ac dual-band MIMO and Ethernet Port
802.11n
Dual-band Wi-Fi
Dual-band 802.11ac
802.11ac 2×2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi
Remote Control
Remote with Siri voice commands
Remote with Siri voice commands
Voice remote with TV power and volume buttons, headphone jack
Remote with headphone jack + Roku app; voice search
Remote with headphone jack + Roku app; voice search
Alexa voice-activated
Yes
Local Storage
32GB, 64GB
32GB
None
microSD, USB port
microSD, USB port
16GB
16GB, 500GB
Paid movies & TV
iTunes, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sling TV, Hulu Plus, HBO Now, Watch ESPN, more
iTunes, Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Now, Watch ESPN, more
Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, HBO Go sports, Sling TV, more
Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, HBO Go sports, Sling TV, more
Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, HBO Go sports, Sling TV, more
Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, more
Netflix, Amazon Video, Google Play Movies & TV, iTunes, Sling TV, more
Free movies & TV
YouTube, more
YouTube, Vimeo
The Roku Channel, hundreds of other free streaming channels
YouTube, Crackle, Fox News, Huffington Post, more
YouTube, Crackle, Fox News, Huffington Post, more
Amazon Prime free with Prime membership, YouTube, more
YouTube, more
Music
Apple Music
Apple Music
Pandora, iHeartRadio, Vevo, more
Pandora, SHOUTcast, Rdio, Soma FM, more
Pandora, SHOUTcast, Rdio, Soma FM, more
Prime Music, Spotify, iHeartRadio, more
Pandora, Spotify, Google Play Music, iTunes
Other services
Apple TV App to browse content from more than 60 video services, Amazon Prime app
Functions within App Store environment for gaming, more; streams audio and video from Apple gadgets via AirPlay
Roku app, thousands of streaming channels
2500+ channels including games
2500+ channels including games
Dolby Atmos audio, compatible with Amazon Echo, more
Google Assistant, smart home hub, NVIDIA games, game controller, more
Purchase
Stream, Rent, Own
Stream, Rent
Stream, Rent, Own
Stream, Rent, Own
Stream, Rent, Own
Stream, Rent, Own
Stream, Rent, Own
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