Monday, February 15, 2016

Streaming Video

Parks Associates notes that 31 percent of U.S. broadband households already own some sort of device - a smart TV, video game system or Blu-ray player - that can stream media, while 14 percent more broadband households plan to buy an Internet TV receiver this year.

And why not? Reasonably priced and easily installed, (with 15 Mbps or better Wi-Fi or wired Ethernet service at home), these high-def Web TV receivers offer an often free bounty of services focused on movies and TV series, plus specialty content from news to fashion, tech to travel, fitness to food.

The latest Roku 4 ($129), Apple TV ($149-$199) and Amazon Fire TV ($99) we've tested are slick little things with lots of firepower and tricks, plus small, comfortable remotes with just enough buttons (and in Apple's case, a responsive slide and press touchpad) to run the show.

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