Apple TV’s latest model may look just like the old puck after eating too many cheeseburgers, but packed inside the shiny plastic case is possibly the global television viewers dream machine. There still isn’t a perfect way to watch television from all around the world, but this little box has to be the closest to it we’ve seen!
Amazon shook the streaming world when they first launched the original Fire TV, and over a year later, they’ve updated it with a brand new second generation 4K model. Check out our review to see how it stacks up against the competition!
Google really made a mess with their previous attempts at a streaming set-top-box. Google TV was a complete failure whichever incarnation you looked at, whilst the Nexus Q was little more than a raw Kohlrabi attached to a television. But with the new “Android TV”, have they finally got it right? We look at the Nexus Player from Asus & Google and decide for ourselves.
Streaming boxes have been getting smaller and smaller since the days of DVD Players, but if an STB is still too large for you, the new rave is HDMI Sticks – dongles small enough to just hang out the back of most TVs. So how well does this cut-price version of the Amazon Fire TV compare to the larger and more expensive box?
In a surprise move to many, Amazon has just launched their own HDMI dongle, the Fire TV Stick, and it’s on special right now at US$19 for American Prime subscribers for the next two days. But don’t believe Amazon’s hype (or many other news agencies for that matter) as this is not a Chromecast competitor – it’s far more akin to the Roku Streaming Stick.
Most of the hardware platforms we test and review here at Eye on-Demand are focused on the everyday user. Those who don’t want to think how their set-top-box works, and those who are quite comfortable lying on the sofa with a remote dangling from their hand. But if you don’t mind a bit of tinkering, and a device with potentially more power and flexibility, perhaps the Minix NEO X8-H could be exactly what you are after.
Chromecast is not hard to like. It’s small and unobtrusive, makes use of your existing smart phone, is a great way to stream television content to your main TV and above all, at €35, it’s cheap. But all that goodness comes with another price, Google have it locked in a walled garden that makes Apple’s look positively open.
Microsoft have just officially announced a total of 45 new apps to be released for the Xbox One and 360 consoles, with 36 of them dedicated to the Xbox One itself. But what can only be seen as a major disappointment for UK Xbox One owners, the BBC iPlayer was not on the list…
Looking for a tiny set-top box that won’t cost the earth, is low in power consumption, and yet will cover many of the main UK catch-up and on-demand services? Then maybe what you need is the Roku 3 under your television. It doesn’t quite tick all the big boxes yet, but what it does do, it does really well.