Streaming Devices That Will Help You Cut the Cord
July 14, 2023
So you’ve decided to cut the cord and are figuring out where to begin. There are a few steps cord cutters need to take in order to successfully ditch cable for good—and one of the most important ones is to find a streaming device. You may have a smart TV or game console that already has one built in. But if you don’t, or you do but want to look at other options, we’ve put together a list of the most popular ones in 2022.
Hopefully you’ve already gone to tachus.com/tv and started figuring which streaming TV service is right for you. Just like with streaming services, there’s a wide variety of devices and if you pick the one that’s right for you, you’ll have a streaming TV setup that suits you at least as well as your cable plan did.
With the right streaming service and streaming player combination, you may never need cable or satellite for your home entertainment system again. All you need is a solid Internet connection.
Here are some devices that our employees and customers love to use to stream Netflix, Disney Plus, and live channels:
- Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max
- Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite
- Roku Express 4K Plus
- Roku Streaming Stick 4K
- Roku Ultra
- Roku Express
- Roku Streambar
- Apple 4K TV
Price: $39.99 (normally $54.99)
An upgrade from the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, this device boasts Wi-Fi 6 support in addition to its Alexa Voice Remote and 4k Ultra HD capabilities. Like most of the devices on this list, this is easy to install and comes only with the stick for your TV's HDMI port and remote control. The Fire TV Stick 4K Max supports a variety of both on-demand and live streaming TV services, giving you access to your favorite streaming platforms, news channels, sports, and more.
Price: $18.99 (normally $29.99)
The Fire TV Stick Lite is a great option if you’re looking for an device that’s affordable but still has a lot to offer. The most affordable product in the Fire TV Stick line, this device offers Full HD as well as an Alexa Voice Remote. It will also offer you a huge selection live TV and on-demand services and channels, including Netflix, YouTube TV, Sling TV, and more.
In addition to a massive selection of live and on-demand TV services, you will also get access to a lot more free content on The Roku Channel. The Roku Express 4K+ enables you to stream in HD, 4K, and HDR, and can be paired with your choice of voice control. The device also comes with Apple AirPlay, so you can share videos and music easily from an Apple device to your TV.
Price: $44.95 (normally $49.99)
This device boasts a fast and easy installation, enabling you to start streaming immediately. It also offers Dolby Vision HDR. It offers the same impressive array of services and content as other Roku devices on this list, but if Dolby Vision is important to you, this option will suit you very well. This works with Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant.
Price: $69.00 (normally $99.99)
Among Roku’s more powerful devices, the Roku Ultra offers a blazing-fast interface and a complete offering of services and channels including Sling, Hulu, and Netflix. This device comes with a remote control and easy-to-install streaming box.
It will allow you to stream in 4K with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos sound. It also offers additional features like a lost remote finder. This is the device for you if you want to get the absolute most out of your streaming experience.
Price: $24.00 (normally $29.99)
If you want Roku’s offering, but at a lower cost, the Roku Express is a great option to consider. This affordable option also offers a simple, easy-to-use interface and a quick installation. This is a great device if you’re looking to save some money while still receiving a high-quality service.
Price: $99.99 (normally $129.99)
Built in with a streaming device, this Bluetooth-enabled soundbar will give you access to all the streaming services and channels you need, as well as seriously upgrade your sound. The Roku Streambar has four internal speakers featuring Dolby Audio, giving whatever you’re streaming a rich and clear sound.
Price: $169.99 (normally $179.99)
This streaming box is equipped with 4K HDR and Dolby Vision, as well as Dolby Atmos audio. An Apple TV 4K is also currently the best way to access Apple TV originals, like Ted Lasso, Severance, and Mythic Quest.
Do you use other Apple devices in your home? You can use AirPlay to cast photos and videos from your iPhone or iPad to your TV. Newer models come with the new Siri Remote with a touch-enabled clickpad.
While there are several more great options out there for streaming devices, this will hopefully give you a broad selection to choose from or at least get a better idea of what you're looking for.
Do you love your streaming device but do not see it on here? Let us know and we may add it to the list! We're always looking to add to our recommendations, and we'd love your help to make cutting the cord on cable as easy as possible for everyone in the Tachus community!