Which media streamer is right for you?
We look at the Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire and Nvidia Shield to help you decide which media streamer is right for you...
Your TV viewing is no longer limited by your TV aerial and satellite dish. Streaming services – like BBC iPlayer, Netflix and Amazon Prime – provide a mind-blowing number of incredible viewing choices.
But how do you enjoy them from the comfort of your living room? With a media streamer.
These are devices that let you play your favourite shows or movies from apps on your laptop or smart device straight to your TV. Otherwise known as mirroring or ‘casting’.
Here’s a look at our top three streaming devices…
The third generation Google Chromecast works with Android and Windows devices. It uses the apps on your smartphone, tablet or laptop to stream thousands of shows and films to your TV.
You simply turn on your favourite streaming app, like Netflix, connect your device to your television with Chromecast and bam – instant wireless streaming on the big screen, easy as that.
And as it works with Google’s virtual assistant – Google Home – you can do it all without lifting a finger. Just say “OK Google” and tell it what you want to watch.
Nvidia Shield 4K
The Nvidia Shield 4K describes itself as a streaming beast, and it’s not wrong. The fastest, smoothest 4K HDR video, with apps and built-in Google Voice Search, makes it a revolution in home entertainment.
It even has built-in Chromecast 4K Ultra so you can stream your media – as well as a variety of games – to enjoy in 4K Ultra HD quality on your television. Compatible with Android devices.
Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa remote
Got an Amazon Prime subscription? Or find yourself tempted by the growing range of Prime Originals like Outlander, Lucifer and The Grand Tour? Then you’ll love the Fire Stick.
Simply plug it into your TV’s HDMI port to access TV shows, movies, music and games from your Amazon account and other apps. And all without touching a button – simply tell Alexa what you want to watch and it does all the hard work for you. You can even get it to order a takeaway!