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Amazon Prime Video: Comes as part of an Amazon Prime subscription, $99/year. Get access to movies and TV. Watch on Amazon Fire TV, Fire Tablets, Kindle devices, and Roku. Similar services: Netflix, Hulu Plus. Visit

Amazon Fire TV: Media streaming device (a small box) that connects your HDTV to online entertainment. Lets you watch Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Instant Video content on your TV. $99. Similar devices: Roku, Apple TV, Nexus Player. Visit

Amazon Fire TV Stick: Stick-style media streaming device from Amazon. It’s a less powerful (but cheaper) version of Amazon Fire TV. $39. Similar devices: Chromecast, Roku Stick. Visit

Android TV: From Google, Android TV is software for TVs to make them “smarter” and to make it easier for users to find stuff to watch. It makes content recommendations and lets you cast video content from devices onto your TV. Currently only works with the Nexus Player. Visit

Apple TV: A media streaming device (small box) that works with your TV to give you access to lots of movies, TV shows, sports, and news—plus content from Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube and more. Also connects your TV to your Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch so you can watch content from your iOS devices on your TV. $149 or $199 for more storage. Similar devices: Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Nexus Player. Visit

Chromebox: A desktop computer that runs Google’s Chrome operating system. Available from Asus and HP. It also works as a media-streaming device. $200. Similar devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku. Visit

Chromecast: From Google, a small media streaming device that plugs into your HDTV and connects it to the world of online entertainment. Lets you cast online videos from your phone, computer, or tablet onto your TV. Watch Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, HBO Go and more on your TV. $35. Similar devices: Amazon Fire TV, Roku Streaming Stick. Visit

Crackle: A library of free movies and TV shows online. Visit

Hulu: A vast online collection of TV and movies. A Hulu subscription gives you access to it all. $8/month, or $12/month for the commercial free version. Similar services: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video. Visit

Kodi (formerly XBMC): A media center platform that works with Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems to organize videos, photos, and music in a simple, user-friendly interface. It can also be used to play media, and content can be streamed to a TV via a media streaming device or computer-to-TV hookup. Kodi is free and open-source. Visit

Media Streaming Device: Something that connects your devices (computer, tablet, smartphone) to your TV so you can watch online videos, Netflix, Hulu Plus, etc. on your TV. May be a small box, or may be a little stick that plugs directly into the HDMI port of an HDTV. Examples: Roku and Roku Stick, Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Nexus Player.

Netflix: An $8/month subscription gives you access to a huge movie collection, plus some TV including Netflix original shows. Similar services: Amazon Prime Video, Hulu Plus. Visit

Nexus Player: A media streaming device (box) from Google that runs Android TV. $99. Visit

Roku 1, 2, 3, & 4: Media streaming devices (box styles) that connect your TV to online entertainment so you can watch Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, YouTube, Vudu, Crackle and more on your TV. Also has a library of movies and TV episodes on demand, and free, subscription and rental channels like ESPN and Disney. Roku 1, $49, works with older TVs. Roku 2, upgraded remote with headphone jack, $69. Roku 3, $99. Roku 4, with 4K, $129. Similar devices: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV. Visit

Roku Streaming Stick: Roku’s stick-style media streaming device. Good for wall mounted TVs. $49. Similar devices: Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick. Visit

Slingbox: Media streaming device (box) from Sling Media. Lets you watch live and recorded TV and movies (stuff you’d normally watch at home on your TV) on your devices. $100-250 depending on model. Similar devices: Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV. Visit

Sling TV: Internet TV service provider, owned by DISH Network. Subscribers get access to a set of cable channels, delivered via the Internet (instead of via cables or satellite). Watch on a TV, tablet, computer, or phone. Basic package includes a slew of popular channels—ESPN, AMC, TBS and more—for $20/month, no contracts. Add-on channel packages are an extra $5/month. Visit

Vudu: A library of movies and TV shows online. Rent or buy titles on demand. Visit

XBMC: See Kodi

Xbox One: A video game player that also acts as a media streaming device to play some online entertainment content. Visit

Yahoo! Screen: Yahoo!’s collection of free online videos, TV shows, movie clips and trailers, news clips, webisodes and the like. Unlike YouTube, there is no user-generated content. Everything on Yahoo! Screen is curated by Yahoo! Visit

YouTube: A huge collection of video content, from cat clips uploaded by users, to TV shows, to full-length movies. There are lots of YouTube channels, from random users to big media outlets and TV networks. Most content is free, some is paid. Visit

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