Cord Cutter Device Demos — wTVPC Cord Cutters Club™
Roku 4 Demo
Roku’s newest media player, Roku 4, has 4K support and got a memory and speed boost.
WATCH: Roku 4 Demo & Review
Apple TV 2015 (4th Gen.) Demo
The new Apple TV, out in 2015, has a touchpad remote, advanced voice search with Siri, and more apps and channels than the prior models.
WATCH: Apple TV 2015 Demo
Chromecast 2 Demo
Chromecast 2 has a totally new look and a versatile new app.
WATCH: Chromecast 2 and Chromecast Audio Demo
Amazon Fire TV 2015 (2nd Gen.) Demo
The Amazon Fire TV 2nd generation device added 4K ultra-high definition and powerful voice search function via Alexa.
WATCH: Amazon Fire TV 2015 Demo
Amazon Fire TV Stick Demo
The Amazon Fire Stick is Amazon Fire TV’s mini-me. The streaming media device is a small stick that plugs in to the HDMI portal of an HDTV to produce essentially the same effect as Fire TV. The Amazon Fire Stick is a direct competitor with Chromecast and the Roku Stick. To see a comparison of the three, visit the Cord Cutters Club™ Comparisons section. To see a hands-on demo of the Fire Stick, check out the video below.
WATCH: Amazon Fire Stick—Hands On
Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI Version) Demo
The Roku Streaming Stick media streaming device plugs directly into a TV’s HDMI portal. It’s basically just plug and play. The Roku Streaming Stick works with Netflix, Amazon Prome Video, Hulu, Vudu, YouTube, Spotify, and Pandora. It definitely gives the Amazon Fire Stick and Chromecast some stiff competition. Watch a walk-through of its features and how to set it up in the video below.
WATCH: Roku Streaming Stick: Unboxing, Setup & Feature Overview
Nexus Player Demo
The Nexus Player media streaming device is made by Google and Asus. It runs Google’s Android TV platform. At around $100, and with fewer compatible services available than with other media streamers (including Google’s Chromecast) the Nexus Player isn’t currently winning any popularity contests. However, Android TV could turn the tide once it really gets rolling. See what the Nexus Player can, and cannot, do in this demonstration.
WATCH: Nexus Player Demo
Sling TV Demo
Sling TV is an Internet TV service from DISH Network Corp. It offers a basic package of popular cable channels for $20/month and delivers live shows, sports, and movies to either a standard TV set or mobile device. Sling TV has been billed as both the future of television, and, ironically, a step back to the olden days before the wonders of TV on demand. The guys at Tested have delved deep into Sling TV’s features and the viewing experience this the demo video below.
WATCH: Tested: Sling TV
Apple TV 3rd Generation Demo
Apple’s entry in the media streaming devices contest is Apple TV. It works like other media streamers to play online videos, movies, and content from services like Netflix, Hulu Plus and YouTube on HDTVs. Apple TV also works with iOS devices—the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch—to stream media onto a TV. Note that Apple TV only works with other Apple devices. Here’s a demo of Apple TV in action.
WATCH: Apple TV (3rd Generation) Unboxing & Demo
Amazon Fire TV 1st Generation Demo
Amazon’s most powerful media streaming device is Amazon Fire TV. Hook the small box up to any HDTV and instantly get access to online media from Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, and YouTube. The Fire TV has excellent customer review (on Amazon, of course) and costs somewhere in the neighborhood of $90-100. Amazon TV is easy to use — but here’s an excellent walk-through of how to set it up and get started enjoying all your favorite TV shows and movies.
WATCH: Tested In-Depth: Amazon Fire TV
Chromecast is Google’s media streaming dongle (a “dongle” just means a little stick thing that plugs into a TV). Chromecast is certainly one of the Big Three in media streaming sticks. All the major streaming services work with Chromecast—Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, Google Play, YouTube, and Pandora (but not Amazon Instant Video, for now). As Chromecast has picked up services over time, it has climbed in popularity. See how easy Chromecast is to use with any Mac, Windows, Android or iOS device in this demo.
WATCH: Chromecast Demo
Roku 3 Demo
Roku has been making media streaming devices for long enough to have a suite of products. The Roku 3 is their top-level device, offering the most power, viewing options, and access to TV and video content. Billed by CNET as “the best streaming-video box yet” the Roku 3 is definitely at the top of the media streaming playing field. Check out Roku 3’s many features and see how to set it up and use it in this great video demo.
WATCH: Roku 3 Unboxing & Demo