Even though most HDTVs and 4K UHDTVs currently available have built-in wireless access and smart apps, streaming media players are still incredibly popular since they typically offer a better overall experience. Media streamers provide access to TV shows, movies, music, and other content from internet services like Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, Amazon, and others. Many of these players also let you share your own media directly from your smartphone or tablet. The best streaming media players have an intuitive user interface, maintain a reliable Wi-FI connection, and include robust search functionality.
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It was two-years ago almost to the day that Dish made a splash at CES with its Sling TV online streaming service. Fast forward to today, and the satellite company is taking the stage again with a new ‘Optimized for Sling TV’ platform in partnership with the just-announced 4K AirTV Player. While there is a lot of build-up for Dish’s first in-house streaming box, this isn’t necessarily a ground-breaking piece of technology. Sling (along with many other services) has long been available on media players like Roku and, more recently, Apple TV. What Dish has to its advantage is the ability to create a service-specific user experience that will hopefully make Sling more viable than ever before.
The new AirTV set-top box is based around the Android TV platform with access to the Google Play store. One distinct advantage over Roku and others is that it is also compatible with over-the-air antennas for local channels too. This answers a big gap in Sling TV’s service, bringing popular channels like ABC, CBS and NBC to customers. Additionally, it offers support for 4K video, although content is largely limited to Netflix and YouTube at this time. AirTV is set to go on-sale today with a $129.99 price tag for the OTA model or $99.99 as the standalone streamer. You’ll receive $50 worth of Sling TV credit with purchase, as well.
Hit up our CES 2017 guide for more details on new releases.
Streaming Media Players Stories December 21, 2016
Amazon offers the TiVo BOLT 500GB 4K DVR and Streaming Media Player for $117.99 with free shipping. That’s $82 below its regular price and the best deal we’ve tracked by $14. TiVo’s BOLT DVR features SkipMode allowing you to quickly sidestep commercials and truly powerful unified search functionality. It’s compatible with your existing cable service (requires CableCARD) and Over-The-Air HD TV antennas. Requires a monthly service plan ($15/mo). More than 1,200 Amazon reviewers rate it 4 out of 5 stars.
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With DirecTV Now rolling out in 2017, Sling is quickly looking for ways to sweeten its offerings even further. Now, you can grab the latest Roku Streaming Stick for free when you pre-pay for one month of Sling TV service. That’s a $70+ value for just $20. For comparison, the streaming device alone sells for $50. Sling is also offering 50% off the new Roku Premiere+ 4K Streaming Media player with the purchase of three months of service for $60 ($160 value).
Sling TV continues to make in-roads into homes across America as it increases its streaming offerings. A $20 monthly subscription includes access to popular channels like ESPN, TBS, TNT and others. Additional tiers bring more channels and premium packages. Best of all, you can stream live TV on-the-go with your smartphone device or tablet.
Streaming Media Players Stories November 24, 2016
As a part of Black Friday Deals Week, Amazon is now offering discounted pricing across the board on its Fire TV streaming media players, bringing some of the best prices of the year. There are four different options to choose from as a part of this promotion with free shipping for Prime members or in orders of $49+. Fire TV brings access to all of the top streaming services and more with 4.5/5 star ratings from thousands in some instances. Here are your choices:
- Fire TV Stick: $30 (Reg. $40)
- Fire TV: $75 (Reg. $90)
- Fire TV + HD Antenna: $85 (Reg. $90)
- Fire TV Gaming Edition: $115 (Reg. $130)
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There’s never been as many avenues to cord-cutting at a discount as there will be this week. Down below you’ll find the best deals of the year to get access to all of the best services including Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu and more.
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Amazon offers its latest Roku 3600R Streaming Stick for $34.99 Prime shipped. Also at B&H and Best Buy. Today’s deal is $15 off the regular price, down $5 from our previous mention and the lowest that we’ve ever seen.
Roku’s newest Streaming Stick has a quad-core processor that is “8x more powerful” than the previous generation. It also features dual-band wireless, HDMI connectivity and ships with a remote. The free smartphone app brings private listening via your own headphones that’s perfect for bedrooms. You’ll have access to all of the popular streaming services and “350,000+ movies and TV episodes.” Rated 4.3/5 stars by over 2,800 Amazon customers.
Streaming Media Players Stories November 8, 2016
This morning, Amazon is discounting a number of certified refurbished Fire TV and Kindle models. Each of which are down to all-time low prices and include a one-year warranty direct from Amazon. We’ll certainly see deep discounts on these products come Black Friday, but today’s deals are great way to save now from a trusted seller. Learn more about Amazon’s certified refurbished products here.
Here are your choices:
- Fire TV Stick (1st. Gen.): $25 (Orig. $35)
- Amazon Fire TV (1st. Gen.): $50 (Orig. $94)
- Amazon 4K Fire TV w/ Alexa Voice Remote: $65 (Orig. $90)
- Kindle Paperwhite 6-inch Wi-Fi E-reader: $80 (Orig. $109)
- Voyage Wi-Fi E-reader: $120 (Orig. $169)
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Just days after Roku announced its latest lineup and on the cusp of a new Chromecast, Amazon has taken the wraps off an updated Fire TV Stick. Amazon’s new streamer costs $40 and now comes with an Alexa Voice Remote. The previous model was priced at $35 or $45 with the Voice Remote. It also received a big upgrade in the speed department (up to 30% faster) going from a dual-core to quad-core processor and 802.11a/b/g/n to 802.11ac Wi-Fi. No doubt, it’ll be popular with cord cutters looking to bring streaming content into more rooms of their house on the cheap.
Amazon’s new Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote is now available for pre-order and is slated to begin shipping on October 20. Streaming media players aren’t usually a hot product to pre-order but you may want to consider it this time around. Amazon is offering free content worth up to $65 to anyone who buys and activates their Fire TV Stick by October 31. The free content isn’t just fluff either, being anchored by a $10 Amazon Video credit and also including one month of Sling TV plus 2 months of Hulu. Full promo terms can be found on the Fire TV Stick product page.
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Today, Roku announced a series of brand new streaming boxes to replace its current lineup. Highlighting the new arrivals is the $30 Roku Express box. Billed as the company’s tiniest to date, the Express replaces the Roku 1 while undercutting most of its competitors in the process including Google’s Chromecast and Amazon’s Fire TV Stick.
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Streaming Media Players Stories August 29, 2016
Amazon is currently discounting its Fire TV streaming media player. Prices start at $84.99 for just the player and run up to $124.99 for the Gaming Edition. These are the best deals we’ve seen since Prime Day back in mid-July.
- Amazon Fire TV: $85 (Reg. $100)
- Amazon Fire TV + HD Antenna Bundle: $95 (Reg. $110) – cut the cord!
- Amazon Fire TV Gaming Edition: $125 (Reg. $140)
*Also available via Best Buy
Amazon Fire TV offers support for 4K Ultra HD video thanks to a quad-core processor, 2GB of memory and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. It also has 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded to 200GB. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars from nearly 16,000 Amazon reviewers.
It doesn’t include an HDMI cable, but that’s not a big deal since you can pick up one for only $5.
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As part of its Prime Day sales event, Amazon is offering nice deals on refurbished SONOS speakers and accessories. You can grab the certified refurbished SONOS PLAY:3 Smart Speaker for Streaming Music in white or black for $224 shipped. The PLAY:3 typically sells for $299 and this is the best certified refurb price we can find.
Not only is SONOS one of our favorite whole home audio systems, these refurbs are tested and approved directly by the company. They include Wi-Fi and allow you to fully control the audio in your home from a single app. More details below. Rated 4+ stars from 450 Amazon customers and they come with a one-year warranty.
You’ll also find the regular $700 SONOS PLAYBAR TV certified refurbished for $524 shipped. That’s the best price we can find not the highly rated sound bar. It has 9 drivers and is certified refurbished by SONOS. More details below.
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