Streaming media players are innovative household gadgets that have eliminated the need for traditional DVD players. For movie lovers for instance, these web driven accessories grant users access to millions of free and premium content that you can stream to your television set and or smart phone on demand. Most models are easy to setup. They are also space-efficient, has advanced technologies that never disappoint, and retail for a few dollars in reputable Web-based stores such as Amazon. If you are part of this group and want a premium streaming media player that you can use on an everyday basis, our picks of the top 10 best are:
10. Ematic MDB114 MediaBeam
Ematic MDB114 MediaBeam is a universal HDMI streaming player that works well with both Android and iOS devices. It is durable, has a novel system that transforms traditional HDTVs into powerful entertainment centers, and has a plethora of functional built-in controls that you can use to browse the Internet, control media playback, and adjust volume and other settings with minimal effort. If you enjoy streaming media using your smartphone, this player has an advanced screen-mirroring feature that you can use to project its content on a large screen. You can also use it to share content directly to your television and or use your television as a second monitor.
9. D-Link MovieNite
A recommended product in top 10 best streaming media players in 2016 reviews, D-Link MovieNite is a multi-functional streaming media player that comes tested and certified for use in homes. It is durable, has stylish and low profile design that does not clutter living rooms, and has a high-speed HDMI port that improves both picture and sound quality. For those that lack HDMI ports, it also comes with a well-engineered A/V composite cable that delivers comparable results to HDMI. As most sought-after models, D-Link MovieNite is affordable, relatively easy to setup and use, and comes with a 90-day return warranty that covers all components.
8. Ematic MDB012 MediaBeam
As the Ematic MDB114 MediaBeam reviewed herein, Ematic MDB012 MediaBeam is a powerful streaming media player with a durable plastic construction, a space efficient design, and a well-engineered system that supports HDMI streaming. It works well with several types of television sets. It is also easy to setup, connects reliably to both Android and iOS devices, and has a novel mirroring feature for projecting your phone’s screen on your television. This way, you can play your favorite mobile game on big-screen. You can also share locally stored material directly on your television and even watch videos. Ematic MDB012 MediaBeam is affordable, connects reliably via USB, and has convenient controls.
7. KDLINKS HD680
Ranked among the best devices for playing Blu-ray video files, KDLINKS HD680 is an innovative 1080p streaming media player that relays quality HD videos directly to televisions. It has a powerful Realtek 1185 video processor that guarantees superior audio and video decoding. The built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi adapter that it comes with supports wireless streaming, while its supports for video formats such as Mp4, VOB, DVD-ISO, WMV, and SWF make it an ideal accessory for entertaining. Out of the box, KDLINKS HD680 comes fully-setup and ready to use out of the box. It is affordable, has a subtitle on and off function, and has a multi-functional audio channel switch with Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby True HD features
6. RCA DSB772E
Featuring an interference-free 1080p HDMI output, RCA DSB772E is a durable Wi-Fi-enabled streaming media player with an aesthetic black theme that blends well in homes. It is durable, streams media directly from reputable content stores such as YouTube, VUDU, and Hulu Plus, and supports streaming of music from Pandora and other Internet Radios. For those with external sound systems, RCA DSB772E has independent volume controls that work well. You also get a sensitive remote control and a well-built system that does not heat up nor malfunction over time.
5. RCA DSB876WU-WH
Talking about the top 10 best streaming media players in 2016 reviews, RCA DSB876WU-WH is an acclaimed media streaming media player with powerful Wi-Fi adapter that supports wireless streaming of photographs, videos, and audio from popular cloud storage sites such as Netflix, Vudu, Picasa, YouTube, Hulu Plus, and all other sites. It is cheap, has a durable plastic construction that does not lose its aesthetic appeal over time, and has an easy to use plug-and-play technology that works well with several types of televisions. You also get Analogue AV outputs for use with older television sets, optical digital audio output, and sensitive remote control.
4. Roku 2 Streaming Media Player (4210R)
Designed to offer lightning fast performance in homes and grant users access to over 2000 streaming channels via free or subscription apps, this 2015 edition of Roku 2 4210R Streaming Media Player is an invaluable media accessory to movie and music lovers worldwide. It has a fast and power efficient processor that boosts its functionality. It also has a space-efficient plastic body, a built in Wi-Fi adapter for wireless streaming, and a well-engineered system that not only displays high definition (HD) 1080p videos, but also displays several image formats including BMP, PNG, GIF, and TIF). You also get multiple connectivity ports (USB, Ethernet, and MicroSD and an easy to use remote with handy channel shortcut buttons.
3. Sling Media Slingbox 500
Do you own a smart device such as tablet and or phone that you use to entertain often? Are you looking to stream television programs and or movies directly to your device without compromising quality? If you have a few dollars to spend, Slingbox 500 by Sling Media is an invaluable accessory that never disappoints. It is affordable, connects to all TV interfaces via high speed HDMI, and has a well-designed navigational system that you can use to view galleries, discover trending programs and videos, and get contextual recommendations based on your history. Well-installed, Sling Media Slingbox 500 displays full HD images at 1080p
2. NETGEAR NeoTV NTV300
NETGEAR NeoTV NTV300 is a HD-ready streaming media player with a powerful Wi-Fi-enabled system that turns televisions into smart devices. It is durable, grants users access to thousands of movies, and comes with a NeoTV control application for connecting to Android and iOS devices. It is also affordable, power-efficient, and recommended for everyday use.
1. KDLINKS HD720
A best seller in the streaming media players niche, KDLINKS HD720 tops our list of the best. It is 3D-ready, has a built in Wi-Fi adapter, and a built in HDD bay that you can use to setup a hard disk drive, and a powerful Realtek 1186 3D Chipset that boosts clock speed and thus, performance. You also get a DTS HD and Dolby TrueHD sound system, a 1GB Gigabit network, and a high-speed USB 3.0 port that you can use as needed. KDLINKS HD720 is affordable and supports HDMI, YPbPr, and RCA.