For students just moving out on their own, the purse strings can be tight. Student budgets aren’t exactly known for having room for lavish spending, and even items that were once everyday perks might no longer be within reach; think stereos, big screen TVs and maybe even cable TV.
Fortunately, getting access to all your shows can be as easy as bringing along an affordable streaming device to the new digs. Here, our picks for some sweet streaming options.
WeTek Hub Android Streaming Media Player with Remote
Use the included remote control or your Android smartphone to control a world of streaming. The compact and portable WeTek Hub (photo at top) is perfect for small student spaces or bringing on the road wherever you go. Plus since it’s got an external infrared port you can mount the Hub out of sight and out of the way behind your TV, saving valuable space and reducing visual clutter.
With support for streaming in higher 4K resolution you’ll always be able to watch the latest and greatest when it comes to TV and movies.
Bluetooth technology lets you pair the Hub to Bluetooth-compatible speakers too so you can enjoy streaming music all in one handy device. Plus the Hub’s Amlogic S905 processor guarantees fast speeds and less buffering when watching larger 4K formats.
WeTek Play 2 Android Media Box with ATSC Digital TV Tuner
Need a bit more functionality in your Android streaming solution? Move up the ladder to the WeTek Play 2 Android Media Box with ATSC Digital TV Tuner. This device builds on the streaming capabilities of the Hub but adds in a variety of digital channels too. Use the DVB satellite tuner, or cable and terrestrial connections to access a wide number of HD TV Channels, often for free.
The Play 2 also supports 4K video resolution along with its basic streaming abilities. A handy guide lets you see what’s coming up next on multiple channels while an online web interface gives you more control over the box. Added multi-screen function lets you watch whatever you want not just on your TV, but your laptop, tablet, or smartphone too.
MyGica Android Smart TV Box (ATV 1900 PRO)
One final Android-only streaming option is MyGica’s Android TV Smart box. What sets this box apart is its ability to run custom third party software and provide upgradable storage.
The MyGica’s Android TV Smart box is compatible with most apps in the Google Play Store and it comes pre-loaded with Netflix, YouTube, Google Chrome, Facebook, and Crackle, but it’s also good to go with many other top streaming applications.
The included Air Controller is a super versatile remote control that features a full QWERTY keyboard on the back, as well as built in gesture and cursor controls, making interacting with the device simple and easy; just point, or type.
Read more about this device in David’s excellent review here.
One of the originals in the streaming game, Google Chromecast is an ultra-small and very easy to use streaming device.
Using your smartphone or compatible device you can Cast TV shows, movies or music from your favourite apps, right onto the TV.
Plus, with the app, you get instant control from a device that’s already at your fingertips. No remote to lose or have cluttering the coffee table (or plastic dairy crate if you’re low on real furniture!).
The screen mirroring option is just another way to easily send content to your TV, particularly for apps that aren’t Cast-enabled. Chromecast works with Android or iOS devices.
Roku Premiere+ Streaming Media Player with Remote
Another popular 4K video streaming device is Roku Premiere+. With support for the ultra sharp 4K resolution, as well as HDR for improved colour and light, you’ll be watching the best in video quality.
Plus, with access to over 100,000 movies and TV episodes on platforms like YouTube, and Netflix just to name a few, you’re bound to be able to find something you and your new college pals will like.
Roku Premiere+ does come with a remote; but it’s no ordinary remote. You can point it anywhere and it’ll still control your Roku device, plus with its headphone jack and included headphones, you can plug in and tune out for private and uninterrupted viewing. Of course you can also control Roku Premiere+ with your smartphone too.
Play On Roku makes it easy to cast photos, videos, and music from your smart device to your TV too. With a MicroSD card slot you can also add additional channel storage if you need it.
Roku devices are ultra simple to use and work very well with no buffering or lagging so you’ll never get hung up during a critical moment, all thanks to the powerful quad-core processor and 802.11ac MIMO dual-band wireless network. They work with both iOS and Android devices too.
To see which of Roku’s 5 devices is best for your needs, read my blog.
If you’re venturing out and setting up your own pad, one of these great streaming options at Best Buy is sure to keep you connected easily.