10 of the Best Streaming Media Players ‘Boxes’ To Consider 2019

6. Netgear NeoTV NTV300

Netgear NeoTV Streaming Player NTV300 with remote

The Netgear NeoTV Streaming Player (model #NTV300) supports most of your favorite video and audio services including Netflix, Hulu Plus, VUDU, CinemaNow, Pandora, and Rhapsody. The box includes a remote control, but you can also download free apps for your Android or iOS mobile device to use as a remote. The player includes built-in WiFi, supports up to 1080p video, and 5.1 surround sound audio. Netgear also has the NeoTV Max model (labeled “old model” on Amazon) that has several additional features including VUDU 3D support, Intel WiDi technology to display your laptop wirelessly on your HDTV, and an expandable memory slot. The NTV300 carries an MSRP of $49.99, while the NTV300SL is list-priced at $69.99.

7. WD TV Live

WD TV Live Media Player with remote

The Western Digital WD TV media player has been around almost as long as Apple TV. First released as the WD TV digital media player in ’08, the 3rd-generation WD TV Live streaming media player runs on a Sigma 700MHz processor and 512MB of RAM. The device supports up to 1080p video and Dolby Digital surround sound, and supports a wide range of video, audio and image formats. Available channels include Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora and YouTube among others. The WD TV Remote app is available for both iOS and Android mobile phones and tablets, and a remote control is included in the box. The WD TV Live Media Player is list-priced at $79.99, but is available for about $79.99.

8. Keedox Smart TV Box

Keedox Smart TV Box with remote

The Keedox Smart TV Box is an Android-based media player that features a dual-core CPU, 1GB DDR3 RAM memory, and 4GB Flash storage. The box supports up to 1080p video and the company even says it will support pass through of Blu-ray 3D movies. Apps available include Netflix, YouTube, Skype, and the popular Chinese instant messaging service QQ. Read up on this product before purchasing though, because it has an equal amount of reviews from customers that liked and disliked the product – several users saying they had problems getting it to pass video correctly to an HDTV. Although the Keedox MSRP is listed as $129.99, you can pick one up on Amazon for about half that price.

9. Sony NSZGS8 Player w/Google TV


The Sony NSZGS8 is the most expensive media player in this bunch, list-priced at $199 (although you can get it cheaper than that, including on the Sony Store where it sells for $129. The device includes Google TV with built-in voice search, lets you search the web with the built-in Chrome browser, and incorporates the PrimeTime guide for searching content while watching a program. The media player provides access to the top apps including Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, Twitter, and Amazon Instant Video, and supports Dolby Digital Plus, many different video formats, and 24p True Cinema. The NSZGS8 also comes with a remote control that beats all the other remotes, with a voice recognition, large touchpad, Axis motion sensor for gaming, and full QWERTY mini keyboard.

10. G-Box Midnight MX2

G-Box Midnight MX2

The G-Box Midnight MX2 made by Matricom runs on Android 4.2 and features a dual core Amlogic A9 CPU paired with a Mali400 dual core 3D GPU graphics processor for great performance of Android apps. Specs include 1GB RAM, 8GB flash storage, and extendable SD storage up to 32GB. The media player also supports the open source media player XBMC for support of most audio, video, and image formats. The player features true 1080p Dual Core XBMC HD Decoding (scaled to 720p in XBMC) and support for popular XBMC streaming add-ons from third party developers. Matricom boasts the MX2 is free of any restrictions and “never needs to be jail-broken.” The G-Box Midnight MX2 (MSRP $219) is currently selling for under $100 at Amazon.

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Jeff Chabot

Jeff Chabot has a background in web development and design, as well as working in broadcast television as a studio engineer, lighting director and editor. He frequently writes about technology, broadcasting, digital entertainment, and the internet.

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  1. Unless one has purchased a new television recently, the digital audio output on their television is crap – once the audio signal hits your television it’s being degraded, at best, or stripped of its multi-channel content, at worst. I don’t want to have to upgrade my $1000 television just in order to be able to access Netflix, etc. Are there no streamers with a digital audio output that is useful to those of us with equipment not manufactured in the last year? Most of us can deal with USB or Coax or Optical; but to may of us HDMI out for audio is useless. Any advice? Upgrade my television, or buy an expensive receiver for which I have no other use? I don’t need a ROKU box that is small; I need one with a digital audio output that doesn’t have to go via HDMI to my television!

  2. Thank you for the article on Media Players Jeff.

    Here utilized and purchased first media players. There was no HDMI back then in the 1990’s / early 2000’s. There was S-Video.

    X-Box Media (XBMC) came out around 2001 and I would have to write that they created the first standard media player and every else came afterwards. It lives today as KODI and was detached by the original authors of X-Box media many many years ago.

    I have an Intel prototype CRT with build in TV and media player functions from the 1990’s. It was never sold here in the United States and it was custom built for the EU. I’ve kept it cuz I have never seen anything like this. There was also the DVD import devices which served as media players way back. Also purchased Roku which worked for audio and video way back.

  3. I see no mention of TickBox TV or JeeStream media streaming devices, although they are doing a lot of advertising and claim to be able to pull in media from anywhere in the world.

  4. Sorry review of android tv boxes,you didn’t mention the Kodi apps or iptv Modbro all of which are free, on any no name boxes. Why didn’t you mention all of the free apps on google play thast are free or iptv,you must be getting paid to advertise. Fake site !!!!!
    Why don’t you try out and give an actual review of The reveal box or nvidia or the cheaper x95 all of these play movie you want to see including movies in theatres now like kong.I was trying to find a box that didn’t freez on live tv shows like fox news,but they are great for watching movies on kodi (exodus app) How about doing a review on these ,there are many to review not just 10 – Solo man on you tube blows you away…..

    1. Try NVidia Shield. It does it all including playing local media (attached directly or on the local network). You will have to use an app like Kodi to best utilize the Shield’s capabilities for playing local media. I think it’s the next best thing to a dedicated HTPC.

  5. How are there no options for streaming media players that have 3.5mm or rca audio out ports and an ethernet connection? Anyone with a simple 2.1 speaker system without an optical port is simply screwed.

    1. Hey Randy, the solution is to run the audio to your TV and then out of your TV into your stereo. The thought here is that anyone using one of these players will have to have a compatible television.

      1. I agree. It’s easily the best of all that I have used – Roku 3, WD TV Live, Amazon Firestick, XBox One, PS3 etc. Some apps that buffer on other media players run smoothly on the Shield. It also streams local network media flawlessly via Kodi. Shield really shines where many other media players have difficulty accessing (or playing smoothly) the huge collection of local media on my network.

  6. Thanks for the article. For those who live outside US and want to access Pandora radio, you can use UnoTelly as I do to get around the geo block.

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