How to Choose The Right Streaming Box For Your Needs

There are many options for streaming boxes. I always get the question, “What is the best streaming box?”. I say choose the box that fits your needs. If you are not tech savvy then you should stick with a plug and play. They are simple to setup and offer easy to install applications and services. If you have some technical sense and are willing to tweak a few settings and installs you may want to consider a different type of box.  For some people, building their own system may be the best way. Creating your own box will allow you to customize your system with the latest and greatest hardware.

Choose The Right Streaming Box For You

Easy to Setup Boxes

Entry into this market is getting easier year after year. For most people, the best way to choose a streaming box is to stick with the favorites in this space. Each of these boxes is easy to setup and get streaming. Apps are simple to install and choosing a premium content provider is easy to implement. If you are looking to stream Hulu, Netflix or Amazon Prime then these boxes are for you. Here are few easy to use boxes for someone looking to get into this space without being too tech savvy.

Roku 3

Roku 3 Streaming Media Player (4230R) with Voice Search (2015 Model)

The Roku 3 is available at these retailers:

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Amazon Fire TV

Fire TV - Previous Generation

The Amazon Fire TV is available at these retailers:

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Fire TV - Previous Generation

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Apple TV

How to Choose The Right Streaming Box For Your Needs

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Tech Savvy Boxes

These boxes are for those who like to tinker and customize their streaming box. These boxes are great for experimenting with the latest plugins and add-ons. These boxes are excellent for streaming any type of local content, like from a NAS server or locally attached storage drive. They can also stream many different types of online content. They use many 3rd party plugins that require some know how to install and get working properly. They are able to be customized and require a bit of tech knowledge to get working correctly. Having a working knowledge of software like Kodi and Android is a must.

Matricom G-Box Q3

Matricom G-Box 8-Core Android 4K TV Box [2GB Ram/16GB HDD] Q²

The Matricom G-Box Q3 is available at these retailers:

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MINIX NEO U9

MINIX NEO U1, 64-bit Quad-Core Media Hub for Android [2GB/16GB/4K/XBMC/KODI]

The Minix NEO U9 is available at these retailers:

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See our article of the complete list of Tech Savvy Kodi boxes here

Build Your Own Box

Building your own streaming box can be fun and challenging. Having a working knowledge of different operating systems and hardware is a must. Creating your own system enables you to highly customize the system and streaming setup. There are many options for building a system component by component. First, you need to decide what operating system you would like to use like Windows, IOS or Linux to name a few. There are many components to consider from motherboards, hard drives, graphics cards and cases. I have built many computer media systems in my day. It is a great way to learn how a computer works.

Shuttle SH87R6 PC Barebone System

Shuttle SH87R6 Intel 4th Generation Core i3/i5/i7 Intel Socket LGA1150 Intel H87 1 x HDMI Barebone

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Conclusion

When selecting the right streaming box you should consider all of your options. The best approach is to take your time and decide which system fits your needs. There are many ways to stream content today. Finding the right option for you can be simple or you can challenge yourself by experimenting with different options. Good luck and have fun streaming!

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Eliminate Over The Air Antenna Interference

Last updated: Monday, May 7, 2018I received an email from a reader last week with an interesting problem. Every time her friend turned on the lights in the living room she would lose 4 over the air antenna stations from her television. Once she turned off the lights the channels came back. It turns out that using certain types of LED light bulbs can cause interference with some frequencies. The LED pulses on and off at a very high frequency (beyond that which our eyes can perceive). This pulsing can create RF noise. If not shielded sufficiently, this RF noise can interfere with TV or radio signals. So I figured in this article, I would discuss what else can cause OTA antenna interference and how to eleviate it. OTA [...]
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About Johan
I started the site to educate the public on the alternative ways you can watch television besides subscribing to cable. I have been in the audio visual business for over 20 years. I also have an extensive computer networking background. I am a Microsoft Certified Professional and CompTIA Network+ Certified Technician. I hope you will find my articles and reviews helpful in conscious uncabling.

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