You prefer outdoor games and don’t play games on your computer. You want to bring some streaming content to your HD goodness TV but don’t want to buy an Xbox or Playstation 3. What do you do, what do you do?
How do you get Netflix, Hulu Plus, or your own videos and pictures to stream to your TV? Let’s look at some of the options, shall we?
The obvious would be to replace your DVD player, with the Sony BDP-S580 – 3D Blu-ray Disc Player.
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Internet streaming to Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, Hulu Plus and more.
- A free Media Remote app for your iPhone/iPad or Android phone.
- Blu-ray 3D™ playback capability
- Multi-room music with PartyStreaming. (We like PartyStreaming)
- Wireless connect to your PC to stream music, photos and videos.
Cost = $129
But wait, there’s more!
I have always read good things about the Western Digital WD TV Live Media Player. It’s another wireless media player that plays music, movies, photos and a handful of internet streaming apps.
- A plethora of supported file formats, including playback of playlists (PLS, M3U, WPL)
- Play content from network drives and/or USB drives
- Programmable remote control included
- On-screen keyboard or attached your own USB keyboard (bonus typing!)
Cost = $129
What else is out there? How about an Apple TV? Of course it’s wireless and has access to your Apple stuff.
- Access content in your iTunes and iCloud accounts and on iDevices
- Limited selection of apps
Doesn’t do much but access the iCloud and iTunes. Ok…
Cost = $99
(Yes, they just updated the firmware to Android 3.1, but it hasn’t solved Google TV’s core content-access problems) NEXT!
Cost = $159.99
Roku has 4 different models that you can choose from that offers lots of sports, music and news options. However, it doesn’t offer YouTube or access to your computer.
Cost = $49 to $99
Hope this article helps to answer which media player you should add to your never ending array of gadgets!