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Last updated: 18 December 2020
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We review streaming devices from Google, Apple, Amazon, Telstra and more that plug into your TV so you can access your favourite movies, TV shows, documentaries etc. We look at support for streaming, catch-up and buy/rent services including Netflix, Stan, Binge, Disney+ and ABC iView.

Though most new TVs let you install streaming apps directly, older models may not support them. Media streaming devices are a handy plug and play solution that also offer extra features you may not find in your TV. You can even travel with smaller models, giving you the option to connect your phone or laptop to the hotel's TV or even connect to streaming services if Wi-Fi is available.

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Our test reveals which devices:

  • are the easiest to use
  • have the best remote control (if included)
  • are the most energy efficient
  • support the most streaming and rent/buy services
  • support the most catch-up services
  • support 4K UHD and high-dynamic range (HDR).

Our interactive comparison tool also helps you find devices that can cast, use AirPlay and stream content from devices on your local network. This includes DLNA support.

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    Ease of use score

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    We look for how easy it is to set up the device and how intuitive the on-screen display and menu system is to carry out various tasks.

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    4K capable

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    Can the device stream 4K (aka UHD) content. Note, access to 4K content may require a premium subscription on some streaming services.

      Netflix

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      Does the device support Netflix? Note, some devices may not support all app features such as 4K and surround sound.

        Stan

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        Does the device support Stan? Note, some devices may not support all app features such as 4K and surround sound.

          Disney+

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          Does the device support Disney+? Note, some devices may not support all app features such as 4K and surround sound.

            Binge

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            Does the device support Binge? Note, some devices may not support all app features such as 4K and surround sound.

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              • Overall score
              • Recommended
              • Ease of use score
              • Remote control score
              • Standby energy consumption score
              • Active power consumption W
              • Standby W
              • Yearly running cost
              • Good points
              • Bad points
              • Brand
              • Model
              • Price
              • Availability
              • Buy now
              • 4K capable
              • HDR
              • Netflix
              • Stan
              • Amazon Prime Video
              • Disney plus
              • Binge
              • Fox Now
              • Kayo
              • Apple TV plus
              • 10 All Access
              • 9Now
              • ABC iView
              • Plus7
              • SBS on demand
              • Tenplay
              • Google movies TV
              • Bigpond movies
              • iTunes
              • Plex
              • Chromecast
              • Apple AirPlay
              • USB in
              • DLNA
              • WiFi direct
              • Miracast
              • Home search screen
              • Netflix remote button
              • Stan remote button
              • YouTube remote button
              • Internal storage GB
              • Ethernet port
              • Memory card port
              • Toslink
              • Bluetooth version
              • Dimensions cm hxwxd
              • Country of origin
              • Contact

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