How To Choose a Streaming Device

If you have a smart TV chances are you can download apps to it and you don’t even need to worry about all this streaming devices bullsh*t. If you can’t download apps to your TV or are limited in what apps you can download, then you’re going to need a device to stream all your favorite movies and shows.

You have a lot of options when it comes to devices you can use to stream, you just need to figure out which one will work best for you. Since we’re your ISP and we don’t offer traditional cable, we know a lot about cutting the cord and have done all the research for you.

Let’s start with Apple TV; an Apple TV device is amazing if all your other devices are Apple products. It’s exactly what you’d expect from Apple: it’s user friendly, it syncs up with all your devices, gives you access to everything you’ve bought on iTunes, and it also starts out at $149. If that’s in your budget and you love Apple, you will love the Apple TV device!

The next big name device is a Roku. Roku devices are the most compatible streaming device. You can download any app to a Roku device and the Roku Channel has tons of free rotating movies and shows. Roku is also the most affordable starting out at $29.99, and there are plenty of devices to choose from. We at Snip recommend the Roku Ultra because it gives you the option of a direct ethernet connection which will minimize load times. 

There are two more major options for streaming devices: FireTV and Chromecast. A Chromecast works best if you prefer to pull things up on your phone or laptop and mirror it to your TV screen, this gives you more flexibility but there’s no traditional remote.

Fire TV devices give you easy access to everything you’ve bought on Prime including premium channel subscriptions. Fire TV devices start out at $39.99 and there are a few different devices to choose from, all include your best robot friend Alexa.  

We at Snip recommend getting a Roku device if you’re a virgin cord cutter and still aren’t sure what you need. We hope this post helped you choose which streaming device will work best for you!

Updated March 09, 2020