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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Sep 09, 2015 1 comments
A new Apple TV arrives in October and it's (finally) been upgraded significantly.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Oct 03, 2012 0 comments
As Netflix's exclusive deal with EPIX has expired, Amazon jumped at the opportunity to enter into a new multi-year licensing agreement with the cable channel content provider. The deal brings EPIX movies and original programming to Amazon Prime Instant Video streaming.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Aug 27, 2014 17 comments
The new social video app N3TWORK does an excellent job of pulling together and personalizing high quality web videos. But does it have what it takes to be a hit?
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Aug 08, 2013 0 comments
It's easier to find the titles you want to watch with the newly added Netflix Profiles feature. Find out how it works and which devices are compatible.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Oct 08, 2015 2 comments
This fall brings lot of streaming news with the release of new Chromecast and Roku models as well as new features to Hulu, YouTube and Amazon Prime. It may be time to upgrade.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Sep 18, 2012 0 comments
The upcoming Wii U will include Nintendo TVii. See how Nintendo is rocketing past its competition to bring you a complete streaming video experience.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Aug 19, 2015 4 comments
The NVIDIA Shield follows the Nexus Player as one of the first stand alone media players with Android TV. A sleek, angled device, the Shield’s focus may be on gaming but it performs as one of the best streaming devices available. Still, it is limited by Android TV’s app selection and interface.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jun 09, 2016 1 comments
Hands on with Tap, the new portable version of Amazon's wildly popular Echo speaker/personal assistant.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Apr 24, 2013 2 comments
The PLAiR is now shipping. Find out how this small device can stream online videos from your computers, smartphone, or tablet.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jan 23, 2013 2 comments
The PlayTo Android app streams video from your home libraries, online websites and the mobile device's saved media. The app works like Apple's AirPlay, and can play on Apple TVs.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Aug 06, 2014 4 comments
The Plex media server and player has just received another new update that enhances your downloaded movies and fixes problems found in earlier updates.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jul 25, 2014 Published: Jul 23, 2014 10 comments
The Qplay app and adapter will cease to function after July 25, 2014. Was Qplay a bad idea?
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Oct 21, 2015 2 comments
The new Amazon Fire TV streams beautiful 4K video but it doesn't yet have all the features listed in its product description.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Dec 03, 2014 2 comments
The Rocki WiFi adapter connects to any speaker or sound system that has a line-in or RCA connection. Find out if this funny-looking little device is the next gadget you'll need to add to your streaming arsenal.
Barb Gonzalez Posted: Nov 04, 2015 20 comments

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $130

AT A GLANCE
Plus
4K streaming to UHDTV
Agnostic search finds titles in multiple services
Notifications when specific movies become available

Minus
Remote mic is inaccurate
Search can’t find specific episodes of specific seasons

THE VERDICT
If you own a 4K TV, this is a slam-dunk. If not, the advances in hardware are still enough to step up from a Roku 2.

One must wonder if Roku waited to release its fourth-generation media streamer until the aptly named Roku 4 was capable of streaming 4K content. The newest Roku box can connect to compatible UHDTVs to stream 4K movies, TV shows, and videos from Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, M-Go, and a growing number of 4K streaming sources. And though 4K streaming is the Roku 4’s main appeal, improvements in hardware and the software interface make it the best Roku box yet.

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