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Streaming Media Player Reviews

Streaming Media Player Reviews

The dominance of disc-based media is coming to an end. With the rise of excellent streaming media services like Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, and Netflix, it’s easier than ever to ditch the discs and embrace streaming content stored in the cloud. Check out this list of our top-rated streaming media players.

Features to Consider When Choosing a Streaming Media Player:

  • Available streaming content (what apps does it include?)
  • Mobile/tablet device compatibility
  • Full HD 1080p vs. HD 720p streaming playback
  • Web browser capability
  • Storage and recording options
  • If you're in the market for a streaming media player, look no further. These streaming media players have been consistently rated by Amazon customers as being the best in the business.

    Looking for additional information? Check out our Streaming Media Player Buying Guide.

# 1 Top Rated
by TiVo
4.7 out of 5 stars   (395)
$599.99 $498.88
Most helpful review
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate DVR!
So far, I love it!

I have been a Tivo user since their first box. Before buying the Roamio Pro I was using three Premier Elite boxes and one Tivo Stream in my home... Read the full review
Published 12 months ago by DrIndie
Most recent review
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use, nice picture.
I have upgraded my aging PC with Ceton Tuner that I have been using as a DVR to the Tivo Roamio Pro. Read the full review
Published 9 hours ago by cpubradley

# 2 Top Rated
by Apple
4.4 out of 5 stars   (4,273)
$99.00 $92.95
Most helpful review
5.0 out of 5 stars Comparing AppleTV to Roku2 XS
I own both the new Apple TV (1080P/2012) model and the Roku2 XS. I found myself doing a side by side comparison of the two products and here are my findings... Read the full review
Published on March 18, 2012 by Ghazi
Most recent review
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 29 minutes ago by Mary

# 3 Top Rated
by TiVo
4.4 out of 5 stars   (500)
$99.99 $84.99
Most helpful review
4.0 out of 5 stars Mini is a decent alternative to a 2nd TiVo but there's (a lot of) room for improvement
//Sept 5 2013 Update

I have replaced my TiVo XL4 Premiere box with a new Roamio Box and this "solves" the issue of having to dedicate a single tuner to Mini use. Read the full review
Published 17 months ago by J. Page
Most recent review
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Value for your money!
Take the plunge, make the investment and own your own gear! The Tivo interface is the best in the business, and in just 25 short months I will own it outright with lifetime... Read the full review
Published 11 hours ago by Steve Austin

Most helpful review
5.0 out of 5 stars Say no to Comcast's equipment. Say yes to Roamio.
I have been a Tivo customer since 2001, and have owned three different Tivo boxes.
The Roamio knocks the socks off of all of them. Read the full review
Published 11 months ago by W. Lewis
Most recent review
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Upgraded from Windows Media Center, which never quite worked right and family struggled with. Got the Roamio Plus and a Mini, now kids and wife are thrilled! Read the full review
Published 17 hours ago by Peter Bruno

Most helpful review
5.0 out of 5 stars A Big Step Up for Watching Over-The-Air TV
I'm so glad I waited for the Tivo Roamio. It really improves my antenna only, no cable TV. (I use a Leaf antenna available from Amazon. Read the full review
Published 12 months ago by S. Harrison
Most recent review
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
AWESOME!
Published 11 hours ago by David Mesiano

# 6 Top Rated
by Roku
4.4 out of 5 stars   (990)
$59.99 $39.97
Most helpful review
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Addition To The Roku Lineup, The Right Combo Of Features
The Roku 1 is a compact, nicely designed media streamer. It may not have some of the bells and whistles that its bigger siblings, the Roku 2 and 3, have but what it does it does... Read the full review
Published 10 months ago by JJG
Most recent review
5.0 out of 5 stars Works great.
Works just as expected. No complains whatsoever.
Published 27 minutes ago by Jim Fulton

# 7 Top Rated
by Roku
4.3 out of 5 stars   (8,461)
$99.99 $89.99
Most helpful review
5.0 out of 5 stars Enormous channels selection, including YouTube (hands-on plus FAQ)
MY EXPERIENCE

For anyone new to the Roku world, I would recommend the Roku 3 over any other previous models mainly on it being so much faster to operate. Read the full review
Published 17 months ago by A. Dent
Most recent review
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for at home on your own wifi but was ...
Great for at home on your own wifi but was hoping to be able to use it on free wifi when away. Because there is no web browser you are unable to login to use free wifi at a hotel... Read the full review
Published 22 minutes ago by Jackie

# 8 Top Rated
by Roku
4.4 out of 5 stars   (643)
$49.99 $49.50
Most helpful review
5.0 out of 5 stars Lets you watch TV or movies, cut your cable (maybe)
This little box is the size of two packs of playing cards and it hooks into your TV either via the HDMI port (on HD TV's) or it can be connected to older TV's by the three-plug... Read the full review
Published 8 months ago by Joanna Daneman
Most recent review
5.0 out of 5 stars I use this more than my cable box!
I'm absolutely in LOVE with my Roku player! It's so much nicer to watch Netflix & HBO Go on my large screen tv as opposed to on my little laptop screen. Read the full review
Published 12 hours ago by zoeybaby808

# 9 Top Rated
by Roku
4.3 out of 5 stars   (1,190)
$69.99 $69.97
Most helpful review
5.0 out of 5 stars Roku 2 versus Roku 3 versus Roku Streaming Stick
I've had a Roku 3 hooked up to my living room TV for a while now so I thought I'd do a comparison between the two devices. Read the full review
Published 10 months ago by DavidA
Most recent review
5.0 out of 5 stars I love attaching my ear buds to have private listening
Roku adds so much access to movies, tv shows, sports beyond regular cable! On Roku 2, I love attaching my ear buds to have private listening.
Published 1 hour ago by R. Murphy

Most helpful review
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, after a little work
I've been following this product since it was first promised earlier this year. I read all the gotchas, problems, etc, and thought I would be able to use that knowledge to help... Read the full review
Published on September 24, 2011 by D. Baker
Most recent review
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it. Check your Internet Security Program Firewall, it may be blocking communication between WMC and the tuners.
Just got this in today. Packaged well, as described, brand new. I have a HTPC in living room, two kids with PC's in their rooms and a PC in my room. Read the full review
Published 14 hours ago by Tim