Featured Media Streaming Devices
Amazon Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD
Fire TV supports 4K Ultra HD for true-to-life picture quality. The included Voice Remote has a built-in mic so you can instantly search TV shows, movies, actors, and genres using just your voice.Shop now
Fire TV Stick
The most powerful streaming media stick. 4x the storage and 2x the memory of Chromecast, plus a dual-core processor and 1 GB of memory.Shop now
Enjoy 450+ channels of movies, TV shows, games, music, sports, and more. Plug headphones into the remote to watch late-night flicks without disturbing the household.Shop now
Roku Streaming Stick
A compact stick designed to provide video streaming up to 1080p HD. Roku Stick can be controlled with the included remote or your smartphone.Shop now
Additional Devices that Stream
These televisions connect to your home network via a wired or wireless connection and offer access to a variety of streaming media servicesLearn more
Streaming Blu-ray Players
Streaming Blu-ray players connect to the internet to access a variety of streaming media services, in addition to playing Blu-ray discs and DVDs.Learn more
Wireless Streaming Guide
How do I Watch Streaming Content on my TV?
The internet has changed everything when it comes to entertainment. Nowadays, most of us enjoy a variety of content online, including a vast array of movies and television shows, thanks to services like Amazon Video, NOW TV, Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, YouTube, and others. Thankfully, this no longer means watching on a small laptop screen or setting up chairs around the family computer (although that's certainly an option). There are several ways to bring movies and TV right into your living room, and here we'll run you through your options, so you can get set up, sit back, and enjoy.
Things to Consider
What movie/TV services does the device offer?
If you subscribe to a particular streaming service (Amazon Video, NOW TV, Netflix, etc.), you'll want to check to make sure that it is available on the device you intend to use. Each manufacturer offers a different set of services/applications/etc., and the lists are always changing, so it's good to be certain you're getting what you want.
What added features does the device offer?
Social media features, music services, connectivity with your home network storage, or other special features might sway your decision one way or the other. The gaming consoles, for example, give you the added benefit of hours of gaming. New internet-ready TVs can give you the latest and greatest LED-backlit HDTV panel. Many of these devices can be a digital hub for all of your entertainment, so it's best to choose the one that suits all your needs. You can often kill two birds—or a whole flock, really—with one stone.
I've Got my Device – Now What?
Connect to your home network
These devices will offer either a wired or wireless (or both) connection to your home network. Of course, you'll need a broadband internet connection (video uses a lot of bandwidth, so the faster your connection the better), a wireless router (you'll want to go with Wireless-N or Wireless-AC here, to provide adequate bandwidth), and for wired connections (if needed/available), an Ethernet cable.
Once you're connected, log in to all your desired services and you'll be good to go. If you find that your network isn't strong enough, you'll know quickly-video will look overcompressed (pixelated), or will keep stopping to catch up with your connection. You can tweak some of your router settings (channels are a common culprit), move the router closer to your devices, connect them directly to the router with a wired connection, or consider a range extender to improve your network strength. Another option would be a powerline Ethernet device, which uses your home's power wiring to connect to the router on another floor/in another room/etc.
Connect to your television or home theatre setup
This will be roughly the same as hooking up a standard Blu-ray or DVD player. Most of these devices are now equipped with HDMI cables, which transmit both video and audio over a single cable connection. That makes things nice and easy if you have a TV or receiver with a spare HDMI input—just plug it in and you're set. Otherwise, find the appropriate adapters/cables for your particular setup—the device's directions will walk you through this.
This step is optional, but looking at all those entertainment options in front of you, you may be couch-bound for a while. Best to have some nourishment.
Which Streaming Media Player is Right for You?