The best streaming video box for most people is a Roku
So you're cutting the cable TV cord. Good for you. And we've already established that the NVIDIA Shield TV is the best Android TV box. But what if you don't want to dive that far into Android? (Crazy, I know.) Which streaming box is the best? Easy answer. For most folks, Roku is going to be the best bang for your buck.
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First: Why a Roku? It pretty much has every streaming service available. (Everything except Apple content because Apple is why we can't have nice things.) It's got PlayStation Vue. Sling. Amazon. Google. Netflix. Chromecast. YouTube. So many different "channels" that for as long as I've had a Roku I feel like I've barely scratched the surface. (DirecTV Now is listed as coming eventually.)
Why a Roku Ultra, though, when there are sticks for a third of the cost? You get what you pay for. Yeah, the stick is cheap and can do a decent job, but if you want 4K resolution and HDR and USB media and a better remote and private listening and ... Basically it's way more future proof, and tended to handle the streams for me better. If you just want a test of how all this works, fine. A stick will do. But if you're serious about it, it's worth spending the extra money.
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For the Access Slim package of Vue, its $30. I can add 125+ channels to my internet plan and pay the same.
For $40 more I can get over 200 channels, all the premiums, NFL RedZone, etc.... Roku is touted as a great way to cut cable, yet you really need cable to take full advantage. Sure, if you want a few features (Hulu or Netflix, or Prime Videos), you will still ahve to pay those. Or if you want other channels that you thought you'd get, you still need a cable plan. This negates the savings you were expecting. I have Prime, Netflix, doing CBS Access, along with a HDTV antenna. Still need to have a login for many other channels I'd expect. So what point are all those channels on Roku, where you need to login with a cable subscription, if you can't watch them without the supscription you cancelled in the first place? Why even bother. Don't get me wrong, I like our Roku, but the savings or "freedom" expected, aren't quite there.
So again, as a cost cutting option, its a myth, because you still can't take advantage of many channels.
The folks here have already recommended another box few days ago. They will just say anything to put affiliate links for sale. Its business after all :)