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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 4KApple TV (4th Gen)Roku UltraRoku 3Roku 4Amazon Fire TV CubeNvidia Shield
Price$179 32GB, $199 64GB$149 32GB$100$110$100$120$199 16GB, $299 Shield Pro 500GB
Resolution (max)4K HDR (2060p)1080p1080p, 4K Ultra HD, HDR1080p1080p, 4K Ultra HD4K Ultra HD and HDR4K HDR
Video connectionsHDMIHDMIHDMI, 4K video HDCP 2.2 HDMIHDMIHDMIHDMIHDMI
Audio connectionsHDMIHDMIHDMIHDMIHDMIHDMIHDMI
Other connectionsGigabit Ethernet, IR receiverUSB-CMicro SD, USBmicroSD, USBmicroSD, USBUSBNo
Wired networkingYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Wireless networking802.11ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO; simultaneous dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz)Dual-band 802.11ac802.11ac dual-band MIMO and Ethernet Port802.11nDual-band Wi-FiDual-band 802.11ac802.11ac 2×2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi
Remote ControlRemote with Siri voice commandsRemote with Siri voice commandsVoice remote with TV power and volume buttons, headphone jackRemote with headphone jack + Roku app; voice searchRemote with headphone jack + Roku app; voice searchAlexa voice-activatedYes
Local Storage32GB, 64GB32GBNonemicroSD, USB portmicroSD, USB port16GB16GB, 500GB
Paid movies & TViTunes, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sling TV, Hulu Plus, HBO Now, Watch ESPN, moreiTunes, Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Now, Watch ESPN, moreNetflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, HBO Go sports, Sling TV, moreNetflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, HBO Go sports, Sling TV, moreNetflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, HBO Go sports, Sling TV, moreNetflix, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, moreNetflix, Amazon Video, Google Play Movies & TV, iTunes, Sling TV, more
Free movies & TVYouTube, moreYouTube, VimeoThe Roku Channel, hundreds of other free streaming channelsYouTube, Crackle, Fox News, Huffington Post, moreYouTube, Crackle, Fox News, Huffington Post, moreAmazon Prime free with Prime membership, YouTube, moreYouTube, more
MusicApple MusicApple MusicPandora, iHeartRadio, Vevo, morePandora, SHOUTcast, Rdio, Soma FM, morePandora, SHOUTcast, Rdio, Soma FM, morePrime Music, Spotify, iHeartRadio, morePandora, Spotify, Google Play Music, iTunes
Other servicesApple TV App to browse content from more than 60 video services, Amazon Prime appFunctions within App Store environment for gaming, more; streams audio and video from Apple gadgets via AirPlayRoku app, thousands of streaming channels2500+ channels including games2500+ channels including gamesDolby Atmos audio, compatible with Amazon Echo, moreGoogle Assistant, smart home hub, NVIDIA games, game controller, more
PurchaseStream, Rent, OwnStream, RentStream, Rent, OwnStream, Rent, OwnStream, Rent, OwnStream, Rent, OwnStream, Rent, Own
Apple TV 4KApple TVRoku UltraRoku 3Roku 4Amazon Fire TV CubeNvidia Shield

 

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