What are the best media players for TV?

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    #1Google Chromecast

    Google Chromecast

    Google Chromecast is a device made by Google that can stream various media content to your television. This supports devices with Android versions not later than 4.1 or iOS 7.0 and up.

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    $35

    Joe Wheeler
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "Have had an original version of this and gave it away because of excessive buffering which made it a waste of money. This one...have it hooked up to my mini-projector and it works like a dream. Only had very little buffering and that was when I was doing quite a few other things at the same time on my PC. Unlike the original"
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    #2Roku Ultra

    Roku Ultra

    The Roku Ultra is a streaming player being offered by Roku. It is capable of streaming media content from HD up to 4K Ultra HD at 60 frames per second (FPS). Roku Ultra also features a quad-core processor.

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    Bruce Bradley
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "The Roku Ultra is one of the finest media players for television on the market. For just over $100, I was able to get millions of movies and tv shows streamed to my television instantly. The user experience far exceeds anything offered by Comcast or my old built-in smart tvs like Samsung. No wonder they had such a successful IPO!"
  3. 9

    #3AGPTEK HDMI TV Media Player

    AGPTEK HDMI TV Media Player
    The TV media player by AGPTEK allows users to play 1080p videos on their TVs. It supports HDMI, HDD, and SD card input. Aside from videos, it also supports audio and picture in a variety of formats for the ultimate experience.

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    Helen Adams
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "This media player was a ridiculously cheap solution to my video/photo problems. I wanted to easily be able to share all my photos and videos with my mother in law during a recent visit. I brought this along for the trip with my flash drives. I was able to hook this up to her TV easily and play all my media. Because of the inexpensive price I decided to leave it at her house and buy another one for me. This way all I have to do is mail her another thumb drive to view the grand kids photos. Another great feature is that the menus are simple to understand and it comes with a remote!"
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    #4Amazon Fire TV Stick

    Amazon Fire TV Stick

    Amazon Fire TV Stick is a device which you can plug into your HDTV and start streaming in minutes. This includes the Alexa Voice Remote to find the best way to watch across more than 190 channels and apps. 

    Electronics

    $24.99- Was $39.99 (38% off)

    Phillip Walsh
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "The Fire Stick is a great way to stream movies and tv shows. It uses the Alexa assistant so communicating is very easy.You can use it even if you don't have cable with a subscription to something like DirectTV or Slingbox. An easy to use remote is also included. "
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    #5NVIDIA SHIELD TV

    NVIDIA SHIELD TV

    NVIDIA SHIELD TV is a home theatre entertainment that sports a 4K HDR picture quality. It's compatible with Dolby ATMOS and DTS-X surround sound systems. The device can access various media streaming sites like Netflix.

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    $139.99- Was $179.99 (22% off)

    Gerald Spencer
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "This is a fantastic media player and one of my favorites. It supports all sorts of formats, opens quickly and runs very smoothly. It is a breeze to use and has plenty of baked in features that make it much better than the standard fare of video player. You should give it a try! I love it."
  3. 7

    #6EASYTONE Android TV Box

    EASYTONE Android TV Box
    The Android TV Box from EASYTONE is a media player powered by Android 7.1. The Android TV Box allows TVs to function as a smart TV with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities, access to the Play Store and 4K HD video streaming.
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    Kenneth Lopez
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "Ugh! Could there be a more obnoxious media player than the EASYTONE box? Hard. Pass! This thing was a nightmare in every sense of the word. It didn't support anything, even apps my phone does. The WiFi was unexpectedly hard to set up right. The 4K was muddled and blurry. There is zero reason to get this when you can just get a Roku instead. Do yourself a favor, please - buy the Roku."
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    #7Apple TV 4K

    Apple TV 4K
    Apple TV 4K is a TV box offered by Apple. It is capable of delivering Ultra HD High Dynamic Range (HDR10) picture quality and a Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound. The Apple TV 4K has an A10X Fusion chip and a lightning charging port.

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    Zhou Zhu
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Nope, no, nein, negative. Apple, get out of here. You make...acceptable products. But there are far better, far cheaper, and far more versatile options out there."
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    #8VonHaus Nano 3.0 Digital Media Player

    VonHaus Nano 3.0 Digital Media Player
    The Nano 3.0 Media Player by VonHaus lets users play 1080p videos and other content in almost all formats on their TVs. The Nano 3.0 supports input from SD cards, USB flash drives, and external hard drives. 
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    Debra Bell
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "I can see this exceeding into success."
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    #9DOLAMEE Android TV Box

    DOLAMEE Android TV Box
    With the Android TV Box from DOLAMEE, users can download apps from Google Play—not just for streaming but for internet browsing and gaming as well. It can seamlessly stream 4K video, thanks to its penta-core GPU.
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    William Pierce
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "In a market where there are so many great media players for your TV, why oh why would you settle for the DOLAMEE Android TV Box? Whether you prefer Apple TV or Amazon's Fire Stick or a Chromecast, there's at least an argument for those gadgets. DOLAMEE falls flat in all regards. There are much better options out there; just keep searching."
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    #10KDLINKS HD230 Full HD

    KDLINKS HD230 Full HD

    The KDLINKS HD230 is a powerful 1080p video player that supports the main HD and SD video formats and codecs. It only supports internal hard drives up to 2TB of capacity or flash drives. 

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    Song Zhao
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "I usually use VLC player but it has been freezing too much for me. I wanted to find a media player for my TV was so lucky to find KDLINKS HD230 Full HD. It shows HD without any glitches or hiccups."
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    #11LG UP875

    LG UP875

    LG UP875 is a 4K Blu-ray player with high dynamic range support for full 1080p HD. It has an ethernet port and HDMI output with a power consumption of 17w. 

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    Juan Griffin
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "I love the price , and the design is quite good, but the price is something you cant beat a must buy"
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    #12Samsung UBD-M8500/ZA

    Samsung UBD-M8500/ZA

    Samsung UBD-M8500/ZA is a 4K Blu-ray player that plays four times the resolution of a full 1080p HD. It requires 4K UHD TV and two HDR capable TV for high dynamic range viewing. 

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    Cheryl Douglas
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "While this device provides excellent picture, I can't place it too highly on this list due to it's requirements. The modern day consumer doesn't likely own a 4D UHD TV, which is required, and the remote is less than intuitive and unfamiliar to those who don't already use an Apple TV controller. A great option for some, but not everyone."
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    #13Sony UBP-X800

    Sony UBP-X800

    Sony UBP-X800 is a universal UHD 4K Blu-ray player that has a high dynamic range support with Dolby Atmos and DTS for a Hi-Res audio. It can also stream 4K HDR and even music.

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    Alexander Jacobs
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Yeah, this does the job just fine. You don't need anything fancy or over the top. This does everything you'd expect a media player to do. It streams crystal clear too."
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    #14Sony BDPS6700

    Sony BDPS6700

    Sony BDPS6700 is a 4K Blu-ray disc player that has Smart functionality using a WI-fi connection to access Netflix, Youtube, and Hulu Plus. It features DLNA Home sharing that allows other devices to connect. 

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    $99.99

    Timothy Schultz
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "The picture this blue-ray puts out is stunning. I love that can connect to the internet and work with my Netflix and Hulu. Really great player."
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    #15Sony UBPX700

    Sony UBPX700

    Sony UBPX700 is a 4K Blu-ray player that upscales up to 60p with a power consumption of 15 w. It has three AV connections like Ethernet, HDMI and Coaxial SPDIF. 

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    Patrick Gray
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "This is a great Ultra HD Bluray player that also comes with a host of streaming media options, assuming your television doesn't already have these built in. I wouldn't recommend paying this kind of price if you don't have a 4K TV with HDR though. Get a Roku instead."
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    #16Samsung UBD-M7500/ZA

    Samsung UBD-M7500/ZA

    Samsung UBD-M7500/ZA is a 4K Blu-ray player up to full 1080p HD resolution with a greater range of color contrast and brightness. Using Samsung Smart Hub, it can connect to different apps. 

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    $138.99

    Debra Fernandez
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "Great and up to date. I like that it works very well with my Samsung smart TV. I am not so interested in the quality of playback but am told that it is very good."
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    #17Panasonic DMP-UB200

    Panasonic DMP-UB200

    Panasonic DMP-UB200 is a 4K Blu-ray player that can upscale standard DVDs and uses Precision Chroma Processor for vivid depth and colors.It includes a Hollywood Cinema Experience processor for better quality viewing. 

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    $249.98

    Shreyas Jaiteley
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "The DMP-UB200 has a clunky feel to it when you begin to use it but it grows on you. The build of it isn't very appealing but the fact that you have to sacrifice to have a VHS slot in 2018 is definitely worth it."
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    #18SkyStream Two

    SkyStream Two
    The SkyStream Two streaming media player runs on Android 7.1.2. Streaming apps for videos and audio can be downloaded from the Play Store. The media player can stream 4K videos without a hitch, thanks to its octa-core processor.
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    Emily Duan
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "Very easy to use. The movies load very quickly. There is a good variety of programs to watch. Me and my children are never disappointed. "
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    #19Oppo Digital UDP-203

    Oppo Digital UDP-203

    Oppo Digital UDP-203 is a 4K Blu-ray player that supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision and features three HDMI ports for audio only, video and audio, and HDMI. 

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    Julia Stewart
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This is a decent media player. I used it for a while but kind of forgot about it with all the other electronics I have now that play media."
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    #20Panasonic DMP-UB900

    Panasonic DMP-UB900

    Panasonic DMP-UB900 is a 4K Blu-ray player that has Hi-res audio playback and high dynamic range (HDR). It uses Wi-Fi for easier connection with other apps. 

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    $1330- Varies by seller

    Vibhore Bhatnagar
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This isn't what i'm looking for. For the high price tag i believe i can do much better and get something capable of more. This model doesn't seem to have some of the specs and features i'm looking for, especially at the high price point. "
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    #21Sony UBPX1000ES

    Sony UBPX1000ES

    Sony UBPX1000ES is a 4K Blu-ray player that has high dynamic range support with Dolby Atmos 3D and DTS. It features a hi-res audio and 32bit DAC/192kHz. 

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    Mark Mendoza
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "this is a great 4k blu ray player, it's actually the best of the best...super expensive though."

Summary

Best What are the best media players for TV
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Google ChromecastElectronics 10 Paid
2Roku UltraElectronics 10 Paid
3AGPTEK HDMI TV Media PlayerElectronics 9 Paid
4Amazon Fire TV StickElectronics 9 Paid
5NVIDIA SHIELD TVElectronics 9 Paid
6EASYTONE Android TV BoxElectronics 7 Paid
7Apple TV 4K Electronics 7 Paid
8VonHaus Nano 3.0 Digital Media PlayerElectronics 5 Paid
9DOLAMEE Android TV BoxElectronics 5 Paid
10KDLINKS HD230 Full HDElectronics 4 Paid
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