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Beep-boop! There's a new TiVo in town, and its name is Roamio. And it's pretty good.
The Chromecast is cross-platform, flexible, and incredibly cool. Browsing the Web on your TV finally makes sense.
The Plair video streamer is an interesting concept, but in its current form too buggy for primetime. When it worked, it was pretty cool. But unfortunately it was pretty much hit or miss.
The Roku 3 is a worthy successor to the 2 XS, with faster Wi-Fi, a headphone jack on the remote, and other hardware tweaks. Plus, it ushers in a much-improved user interface.
The TiVo Mini lets you access live, recorded, and (some) streaming content from your TiVo Premiere on other TVs around the house. And it works pretty well for the most part.
NuVo Technologies is mainly on the right track, but most people won't benefit from the features that render the players in this system so expensive.
The Ceton Echo works as advertised, bridging the gap between your PC and your TV; but its awkward remote, lack of Wi-Fi, and high price sour the deal.
If you're building out an 802.11ac network, this is the device to deploy on the client side.
Looking to cut the cable TV cord? Really Simple Software’s $149 Simple.TV DVR/placeshifter can record over-the-air or basic digital cable (unencrypted) TV programming and stream it over a local network or via the Internet.
Google's response to Apple TV and a slew of media streamers is a Magic 8 Ball-sized sphere that you can control only with an Android device.
The new Boxee Live TV tuner targets Boxee customers who want to dump cable service--but since most sets can already receive live TV, it's worthwhile only if you want to integrate other Boxee features.
Jason Snell reviews the 1080p Apple TV, which is essentially the 720p Apple TV with support for better-looking videos.
Envizen's Home Roam TV lets you watch whatever's playing on your TV, cable box, Blu-ray or other player on a portable wireless display, but the resolution is poor and you have no control over the video source.
This small set-top box capably streams your live TV signal to devices on your home network or the Internet—but setup can be intimidating, and it lacks support for some key cable-box features.
With 2 terabytes of storage and the ability to record four programs simultaneously, the TiVo Premiere Elite vaults to the head of the DVR class.