Don't-Miss Networked player Stories
Beep-boop! There's a new TiVo in town, and its name is Roamio. And it's pretty good.
The Chromecast is cross-platform, flexible, and incredibly cool. Browsing the Web on your TV finally makes sense.
The Plair video streamer is an interesting concept, but in its current form too buggy for primetime. When it worked, it was pretty cool. But unfortunately it was pretty much hit or miss.
The TiVo Mini lets you access live, recorded, and (some) streaming content from your TiVo Premiere on other TVs around the house. And it works pretty well for the most part.
NuVo Technologies is mainly on the right track, but most people won't benefit from the features that render the players in this system so expensive.
Looking to cut the cable TV cord? Really Simple Software’s $149 Simple.TV DVR/placeshifter can record over-the-air or basic digital cable (unencrypted) TV programming and stream it over a local network or via the Internet.
Jason Snell reviews the 1080p Apple TV, which is essentially the 720p Apple TV with support for better-looking videos.
The Roku 2 video players offer cheap, easy video streaming, with support for lots of content sources Apple TV can't match. Unless you've got an investment in iTunes videos or a lot of video files sitting on your home network, Roku 2 is worth serious consideration.
For $100, the latest addition to Monsoon Multimedia's line of place-shifting products lets you stream decent versions of live or recorded TV from your set-top box to any Internet-connected PC, Mac, or iPad, or to an Android, BlackBerry, or iPhone smartphone.
Unit lets you remotely access live and recorded TV on a wide array of devices at a reasonable price--but it requires some compromises.
The Orb TV, a new entry into the video player arena, has an interesting mixture of features, but fails to perform in the end.
If you're a fan of a content stream not supported by Apple -- Major League Baseball and Hulu Plus come to mind -- you'll find that Roku’s broader selection of third-party content is a major advantage.