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A guide to new streaming players of 2016

Roku Express

Which new streaming player is right for you?

Quite a number of new streaming players came out in 2016, from a full refresh of the Roku line with six new streaming players to a new Fire TV Stick from Amazon.

Yet, with all these new players, it can become confusing as to which player is right for you. So, here is our quick guide to the new 2016 streaming players. Please note that we are only going to look at streaming here, options like games will not be considered in this comparison. 

We will break this list up by TV type: older non-HD TVs, HD TVs without 4K, 4K TVs without HDR, 4K HDR TVs and TVs with Dolby Digital/Dolby Digital Plus Sound Systems.

Streaming for movie lovers

Family streaming movies together

Streaming movies is a favorite American pastime

Love watching a great movie while relaxing on the coach? If so, streaming may be your dream resource for movies. Not only can you find great paid subscription services, but there are many free services that are supported with ads.

So, as the weather gets colder and you settle down on the couch to enjoy a movie, here are a few services you should try out. Since we are going to focus on services you may not know about, services like Netflix and Amazon Prime will not be on this list.

Sling TV vs PlayStation Vue

Playstation Vue

Choosing the right service for you

The world of Cord Cutting is a fast changing and ever growing market. Over the past few months, both PlayStation Vue and Sling TV have made huge jumps in the devices they support and content offered.

Now it is easier than ever to watch your preferred TV stations — without the need to get locked into a long-term contract. NFL and College football are viewer favorites and thanks in great part to Sling TV and PlayStation Vue, cord cutters now have no difficulty watching their favorite teams.

Yet, how do you choose the service that is right for you? Let’s dig into them and take a look at what they offer.

Amazon announces a more powerful Fire TV Stick

Fire Stick

Announcing the new Fire TV Stick

The Amazon Fire TV Stick has been known as the best streaming stick on the market for some time now. Yet, new devices like the new Roku Stick have recently started to make the Fire TV Stick look like an old and slow device.

Now, Amazon is fighting back by announcing a new Fire TV Stick with a quad-core processor that they say will be 30 percent faster than the original Fire TV Stick.

“We are proud that our customers have made Amazon Fire TV the #1 streaming media player in the US. With more than 120,000 reviews and a 4.2 star rating, they’ve also made the Fire TV Stick the most reviewed product ever on Amazon,” says Marc Whitten, Vice President, Amazon Fire TV. “Today, we are excited to make it even better. The new Amazon Fire TV Stick has been completely redesigned with incredible performance, powerful voice search and the included Alexa-powered remote to deliver instant access to a vast selection of movies, TV shows, games and Alexa skills at just $39.99.”

Roku releases five new Roku players

Roku Express

Five new Roku players starting at just $29.99

Roku has dominated the market of living room streaming players for the last eight years. Now, Roku has released five new streaming players that should help them dominate the streaming players market for the next eight years as well.

“Roku stands for streaming innovation and today we’re celebrating the biggest player launch in our company’s history, including the introduction of the Roku Express player which delivers a complete streaming experience for a shockingly low price of $29.99,” says Anthony Wood, Roku Founder and CEO. “Whether consumers simply want fast HD streaming via an inexpensive device or are looking for a top-of-the-line player with advanced features such as 4K and HDR, Roku is an easy choice.”

In total, there are five different new Roku players but at its core, there are only three versions with two having extra features. Here’s a breakdown.

A fresh look at Sling TV


Now on even more devices

Sling TV has come a long way since it was first announced back in January of 2015. It was the first service to offer cord cutters the ability to watch live cable TV without the need for the cable TV contract or high price.

When Sling TV was first announced, it only had a few channels and supported devices. Today, the lineup has grown and the list of supported devices has skyrocketed.

Let’s take a look at the new line-up of supported devices.