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Best Streaming media players & services

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Streaming media players & services

Best Streaming media players & services

We tested 28 streaming media players & services to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each Streaming media player & service based on the following criteria:

  • Selection
  • Convenience
  • Picture quality
  • Price satisfaction
  • Type
  • Cost

Below lists the Streaming media players & services that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which Streaming media player & service is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Streaming media players & services

Best Streaming media player & service for Selection

Satisfaction with selection of available titles.


This Streaming media player & service which tested best for Selection has the following features: Dimensions H x W x D (in.), Weight (lb.), App or channel store, Streaming video services, Other services, Web browsing, Supports HTML5, Supported external hard drive formats, DLNA compatible, Supported PC OS for file sharing, Supported video formats (claimed), Supported image formats (claimed), Supported music formats (claimed), 3D-capable, Advanced remote features, Supported OS for remote app, Screen mirroring, Supports dual-band Wi-Fi, HDMI output, USB ports, Component-video output and Composite video output.

Best Streaming media player & service for Convenience

Satisfaction with convenience of obtaining videos.


This Streaming media player & service which tested best for Convenience has the following features: .

Best Streaming media player & service for Picture quality

Satisfaction with picture quality of viewed videos.


This Streaming media player & service which tested best for Picture quality has the following features: .

Best Streaming media player & service for Price satisfaction

Satisfaction with price paid for videos.


This Streaming media player & service which tested best for Price satisfaction has the following features: Dimensions H x W x D (in.), Weight (lb.), App or channel store, Streaming video services, Other services, Web browsing, Supports HTML5, Supported external hard drive formats, DLNA compatible, Supported PC OS for file sharing, Supported video formats (claimed), Supported image formats (claimed), Supported music formats (claimed), 3D-capable, Advanced remote features, Supported OS for remote app, Screen mirroring, Supports dual-band Wi-Fi, HDMI output, USB ports, Component-video output and Composite video output.

Best Streaming media player & service for Type

Type of service


This Streaming media player & service which tested best for Type has the following features: .

Best Streaming media player & service for Cost

Cost is based on information from the providers, and is the least expensive option for subscription services and the approximate cost for a recent-release movie from pay-per-view services.


This Streaming media player & service which tested best for Cost has the following features: .