Multimedia devices or TV Box such as Fire TV Stick, Roku or Chromcast will update your old TV and allow you to enjoy your series on Netflix, HBO or Amazon Video.
It has been 5 years since you changed the television and today it continues to work like a charm, but you are envious of the advantages offered by the most current models. Don’t worry, you don’t have to change your TV for another to enjoy the smart functions of a Smart TV . The solution is simple: get a multimedia device .
Updating a television that does not have internet access or smart functions is the main reason why multimedia devices, also known as TV Box or streaming device, were created .
After a quick configuration, you will be able to enjoy streaming movies and series through the most popular applications such as Amazon Prime Video , Netflix or HBO , among others. You can also access the internet and watch YouTube content .
From El Buyer de La Vanguardia we propose the 5 best multimedia devices and we tell you the advantages of each one so that you can choose which one suits you and your TV best.
Fire TV Stick 4K
This Amazon device shines for its simplicity and ease of use, and it is also very economical. Although it is very small, light and very similar to a USB memory, it is capable of displaying content with 4K Ultra HD quality .
It is certainly a great advantage for Amazon Prime users . Installing it is as simple as taking it out of the box, connecting it to the TV’s HDMI and configuring the Wi-Fi connection: you don’t even have to set the Amazon user, as it is installed by default.
The device, designed mainly to quickly access Prime Video content, although it can also access Netflix, HBO, Youtube, Movistar + Atresplayer, Rtve, social networks, games and more .
You will be able to control your television with your voice. You just have to press the button and ask Alexa for it . In addition, if you have security cameras you can see what is happening in your house from the TV or control the thermostat without getting up. Fire TV Stick gives you the opportunity to turn your house into a digital home. Here you can see all supported devices.
If you do not mind having 4K image quality, you also have a simpler but equally complete version for 30 euros less ( Fire TV Stick Lite with Alexa voice control € 29.99 ).
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If you are passionate about the Apple ecosystem and all your devices are from this brand, getting an Apple TV to turn your TV into a Smart TV can be a good choice.
The Apple TV is a compact ‘ Media Center ‘, of good quality and elegant, as we are used to by Apple.
It is a small box does not carry uncomfortable cables because the connection is wireless. It allows you to play streaming multimedia content and be able to watch series, movies, videos, games, photos, etc.
It has 4K and Ethernet connectivity . It offers the highest quality combining 4k HDR plus Dolby Vision compatibility . It has a base storage of 32 or 64 Gb. In addition, through its command and saying ” Hey Siri ” we can control it with voice.
It is a TV Box that has bluetooth, accelerometer and gyroscope to enjoy games. In addition, you have access to Icloud to play all the multimedia content that you have on your Apple devices.
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Xiaomi MI TV BOX S
Xiaomi Mi TV Box S
If we are looking for a slightly cheaper Android TV Box , the best option, without a doubt, is the Xiaomi box . In addition to competing with all HDMI sticks, it also competes with more complete decoders.
It works with Android TV and allows you to watch streaming content from different platforms and access thousands of applications. But it also has an 8GB internal memory and a USB 3.0 port that will allow you to load files from your computer and play them on your television.
It stands out for an easy-to-use interface and navigate voice commands –through the microphone included in the remote control-. In addition, it is one of the few Android TVs that is officially approved to play 4K content on Netflix.
Xiaomi Mi Box TV S
CPU: Cortex-A53 Quad-core 64 bit
RAM: 2 GB DDR3, Storage: 8 GB eMMC
Operating system: Android 8.1
Dolby and DTS deliver clearer three-dimensional surround sound
4K HDR image
Connections via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB
Bluetooth remote with voice search
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Google Chromecast 3
If you have a 4K TV, the Google Chromecast 3
it can be a very successful purchase option for you.
It is a very easy to use device: you connect the Chromecast to an HDMI on your television; you download the Google Home app on your smartphone or tablet ; You enter the Netflix, HBO, Youtube, etc. application that you already have downloaded and configured with your user on your mobile or tablet; you activate a small signal that comes out in the corner of the screen of your device and immediately the image is sent to your television.
That your devices are the remote control of the Chromecast makes it easy for you to use it on different televisions wherever you are, since your phone or tablet carries your subscriptions to streaming content platforms with you .
If you save all your photos in Google Photo you can turn your TV into a photo frame. It also has the great advantage that you can show websites on the TV, a very useful tool in work presentations.
You can use the Google Chromecast 3 through your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Compatible with Android and Apple devices .
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Nvidia Shield TV
This TV Box is surely one of the most complete on the market although its price is also higher than other proposals that we have included in this list.
It has all the functions that any multimedia player on this list can do, but with an added bonus designed for people who like video games.
It has a 4K playback ; supports Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video ; it has the integrated Google assistant ; you have access to AA A games through GeForce Now ; a new triangular remote control with backlit multimedia keys and has a premium media streaming experience.
In addition, it has Chromecast 4K integrated with what you can send your applications, photos, videos and websites from your mobile device to your TV