As convenient as it is to stream Netflix on our smartphones, tablets and PCs, nothing beats watching on the big screen for the ultimate in movie and TV show enjoyment. To do it, we recommend a streaming set-top box or streaming stick, and there are plenty to choose from now, each with its own pros and cons, and some with quirks you’ll want to know about ahead of time.

Sure, you can expect popular streaming services like Netflix and Hulu to come standard, but not every device is going to allow you to remotely access your iTunes library or stream photos and video straight from your smartphone. As such, we’ve picked out the best of the bunch and laid out their essential and unique features to help you get the absolute most entertainment for your money.

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  1. Would love an updated roku 3 remote with those shortcut buttons on it.
    Would also love if it was IR and wifi direct.
    I don't like the fact that it is always broadcasting nonstop. I unplug it until i need it.

    an ir blast to turn it on, then wifi direct from then on would be great.

  2. All of these devices suck if you want to watch you tube. Also my biggest gripe is moments when you want to go back a few steps. When you are on a regular computer you can easily go back a few steps or explore your account features like play list and stuff like that. On all of these devices the you-tube experience is so bad that you just want to throw these players out the window. Another gripe is on you tube these divices will show you a list of videos on the edges of the screen so you think those must be the next video in line but the next video is a completely different video. I don't know why the software on any of these media players is so bad. I will say that all of these devices have gotten "faster" but they suck.

  3. I am looking for a device that will stream YOUTUBE good! I currently use a Sony blu ray, and Youtube has been screwing up on that. Right now, I can't even open the videos on Youtube.

  4. Does anyone know of a streaming device that allows for someone to add a Youtube video to one of their Youtube playlists? This is such a stupid omission in my opinion. Neither my Apple TV or Amazon Firestick allows this option. It's incredibly inconvenient. Thanks.

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