Best Streaming Media Players Released in 2018 Cablecutters gained more powerful video watching options than ever before...

Cordcutting used to be an underground thing we didn’t talk about. It felt shameful to not pay for cable like everyone else, and if you could keep up with talk about the latest show, you were revealed as a pirate.

These days, smart TVs make cordcutting more accessible than ever, and streaming boxes and sticks transform any dumb screen, TV, or monitor into a smart TV experience.

Here are the top 10 smart TV devices available in December 2018.

10. Magnavox TiVo Mini VOX

Manufacturer: Magnavox
Resolution: 4K UHD (2160×3840 pixels, 60 fps)
OS: TiVo OS
Streaming Services: Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, HBO Go, YouTube, Pandora, iHeart Radio, AOL On, Launchpad for TiVo
Pros: TiVo support, can stream to other TiVo devices.
Cons: Pricey, not as useful without TiVo service, few apps.

9. Dish Network AirTV Player

Manufacturer: Sling Media Inc.
Resolution: 4K UHD (2160×3840 pixels, 60 fps)
OS: Android TV
Streaming Services: Sling TV, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, HBO Go, YouTube, Pandora, iHeart Radio, Spotify, Plex, VLC
Pros: Integration with Sling TV, Android OS makes it easy to jailbreak.
Cons: Integration with Sling TV, limited support.

8. Xiaomi Mi Box

Manufacturer: Xiaomi
Resolution: 4K UHD (2160×3840 pixels, 60 fps)
OS: Android TV
Streaming Services: Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, HBO Go, YouTube, Pandora, iHeart Radio, Spotify, Plex, VLC
Pros: Cheap, small, sleek.
Cons: Buggy, slow, limited support.

7. Roku Streaming Stick+

Manufacturer: Roku
Resolution: 4K UHD (2160×3840 pixels, 60 fps)
OS: Roku OS
Streaming Services: Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, HBO Go, YouTube, Spotify, TV Everywhere
Pros: 4K, great universal search, small.
Cons: Limited app support, can’t jailbreak, outdated GUI.

6. Apple TV 4K

Manufacturer: Apple 
Resolution: 4K HDR (2160×3840 pixels, 60 fps)
OS: tvOS
Streaming Services: Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, HBO Go, YouTube, Spotify, TV Everywhere
Pros: Fast, sleek interface, Apple support, smarthome integration, Siri.
Cons: Limited app support, not as useful without iPhone, iPad, and other Apple devices.

5. Google Chromecast Ultra 4K

Manufacturer: Google
Resolution: 4K UHD (2160×3840 pixels, 60 fps)
OS: Android/Chrome OS/Google TV
Streaming Services: Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, HBO Go, YouTube, Spotify, TV Everywhere
Pros: Fast, able to stream from any Android device or Chrome browser
Cons: 4K is upscaled, not native, limited app support.

4. Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

amazon-fire-stick

Manufacturer: Amazon
Resolution: 4K HDR (2160×3840 pixels, 60 fps)
OS: Fire OS
Streaming Services: Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, HBO Go, YouTube, Spotify, TV Everywhere
Pros: Fast OS, Amazon integration, small, Alexa support.
Cons: Amazon integration, limited app support without jailbreaking.

3. Amazon Fire TV Cube

Manufacturer: Amazon
Resolution: 4K HDR (2160×3840 pixels, 60 fps)
OS: Fire OS
Streaming Services: Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, HBO Go, YouTube, Spotify, TV Everywhere
Pros: Fast OS, Amazon integration, small, Alexa support, HDD.
Cons: Amazon integration, limited app support without jailbreaking.

2. Roku Ultra 4K

Roku Ultra 4k HDR

Manufacturer: Roku
Resolution: 4K UltraHD (2160×3840 pixels, 60 fps)
OS: Roku OS
Streaming Services: Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, HBO Go, YouTube, Spotify
Pros: Fast connection, universal search, voice remote with headphone jack.
Cons: Outdated UI, limited app support, can’t be jailbroken.

1. Nvidia Shield TV 4K

nvidia-shield-tv-4k

Manufacturer: Nvidia
Resolution: 4K HDR (2160×3840 pixels, 60 fps)
OS: Android TV
Streaming Services: Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, HBO Go, YouTube, Spotify, TV Everywhere
Pros: Hard drive, Android support, game controller and remote are excellent quality, sleek look.
Cons: Slow UI, Outdated GUI, expensive.

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Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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