There are a bunch of streaming video boxes to choose from this year, and a lot of them are really great. But if you want the best option, there’s one pick that stands out from the rest.

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  1. Shame she didn't at least talk about each box shown. There are pros and cons to each, but we didn't hear them. My personal favourite is the Chromecast, because I can use my mobile device to send stuff to the TV with a wide range of apps, making it easier to search and find what I'm looking for, before actually watching it.

  2. Ok, im a huge Apple fan boy, but seriously? Apple TV is far from being the best tv streaming box. Its the most expensive, its the only one from the bunch that doesn't play 4k (excluding the chrome cast) and it feels kinda limited in terms of app diversity. I think Nvidia Shield is the winner here, and then tied in a second place are the Roku and the Amazon Fire TV.

  3. Can anyone tell me how in any way Apple TV is better than Nvidia Shield? (And please….don't let me remind you the Nvidia Shield has Chromecast support, something that alone already beats Apple TV in every way except maybe gaming as far as I know)

  4. Beside all the Android TV apps, Chromecast support, better voice commands thanks to Google, Shield has 4k support, 3 times the graphical power of Apple TV (Tegra X1 vs Apple A8), and Nvidia's gaming cloud support that can run games to look better than PS4. Did you even plug it into your TV? Because sounds like you didn't even use it and only put in here because of countless request in the comments of your past related videos. Android TV is way more universal for people who have gadgets/computers from different brands, which is really Apple TV's biggest achille's heels. Because unlike a phone, a TV gadget should ideally work with a huge array of devices. I love Apple products. But Apple TV simply doesn't make any sense to me compared to its competitions. The Verge really needs to get Nilay Patel to review gadgets again. These interns are screwing up your site! Oh and buy Shield TV!

  5. funny how she's pointing the remote to the tv like a technologically challenged parent having a hard time trying to get the thing to work. relax and put your hand down on your lap and point towards the device.
    LOL @ "the most elegant solution blah blah blah" what a load of turd.

  6. How can everyone deny the quality of Apple products? Other devices seem like cheap stuff made in China to make a buck. People complain about the "closed" system of Apple but those same people just use Android download paid apps for free and watch bootleg movies.

  7. Haven't seen this "shootout." Let me guess, the Apple TV "won?" Even though the Roku does everything Apple TV has, and way more/more features… Yeah, OK. The Verge-Designed in Cupertino, California.

  8. Another apple advertise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. If you weren't invested in android or apple. the nvidia shield is the best, if you watch any of the other you-tubers they will say the same. If your invested in apple no question get the apple tv. if your invested in android get the nvidia shield.

  10. at the end of the day its which one has the shows and movies. I can't speak for the others but I have always been able to find a movie on apple TV. much like itunes and music, apple does have a huge selection of films 

    (also I use and andriod phone and a windows desktop before you all start insulting me). also I just hook up a laptop to my TV for anything else

  11. Da fk did I just watch, I came here thinking it would help me decide what smart set top box to get and all i got was apple tv is the best without any good reason why? I honestly wish to unwatch this and have youtube remove 1 view from the views counter.

  12. Apple removed YouTube from the Apple TV. Even if they added it back, who says they won't renege and take back a feature bought and paid for. I own only Apple products but I am very unhappy with their take-back giving style…

  13. I don't know about you guys, but when I'm watching TV, I'm watching TV, therefore I don't care about apps, I just want to use those that its purpose is to stream some content, like netflix, google play videos and so on.

  14. You're the company that has said that the apple TV is the best one. Therefore your opinion is wrong. Y'all need to stop being blind, there's other OS out there than just apple os. You should come out of your cave and try a different one some time. You'll find the shield to be quite amazing. And yeah you're wrong in price too. The Nvidia Shield is much more expensive than the apple tv.

  15. I have no doubt that the verge is biased, it shows biased so well. It's preference is for Apple each and every single time, regardless of what it makes or how much technology and speed other OS come up with

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