Streaming Media Player/App Reviews (67 Reviews)


Kaleidescape Strato 4K Movie Player Reviewed

Kaleidescape Strato 4K Movie Player Reviewed

Kaleidescape has had a very eventful existence. The company that has become synonymous with the high-end movie server spent its early years battling the movie studios over its DVD-based server systems. The two sides eventually made peace, which then evolved... Continue Reading

Streaming Media Player/App Reviews

The modern AV fan doesn't just get content from traditional sources like disc players, set-top boxes, and AV servers. Streaming services now play a huge role in content delivery, which has given rise to the dedicated streaming media player. Check out our reviews of the latest streaming devices from the likes of Roku, Amazon, and Appleā€”as well as our reviews of Ultra HD streaming services, Internet TV services, and more.

From AppleTV to Kaleidescape, a lot of today's HT systems are built around some form of media server or streaming media player. The top models are reviewed here.

Streaming Media Player/App Reviews Archives

Mar 26, 2018

Apple TV 4K Streaming Media Player Reviewed

Adrienne Maxwell auditions the Apple TV 4K streaming media player, which supports 4K output and HDR in both the HDR10 and Dolby Vision formats. Continue Reading
Apple TV 4K Streaming Media Player Reviewed

Mar 12, 2018

Xbox One X Gaming Console Reviewed

Adrienne Maxwell auditions the Xbox One X gaming console to answer the question, "Can it serve as your complete all-in-one media player?" Continue Reading
Xbox One X Gaming Console Reviewed

Feb 28, 2018

YouTube TV Internet TV Service Reviewed

YouTube first launched its live Internet TV service in April 2017. Initially the service was only available in a few... Continue Reading
YouTube TV Internet TV Service Reviewed

Jan 15, 2018

AirTV Streaming Media Player Reviewed

Adrienne Maxwell explores the AirTV, an Android TV-based streaming media player that's designed to provide a more integrated experience for cord cutters who use an OTA tuner and Sling TV. Continue Reading
AirTV Streaming Media Player Reviewed

Aug 02, 2017

Google Chromecast Ultra 4K Media Bridge Reviewed

Google's Chromecast technology has pretty much become ubiquitous since we reviewed the original media bridge back in 2013. Chromecast built-in... Continue Reading
Google Chromecast Ultra 4K Media Bridge Reviewed

Jul 10, 2017

Xiaomi MiBox 4K Streaming Media Player Reviewed

Adrienne Maxwell auditions Xiaomi's MiBox, a 4K-capable streaming media player based on the Android TV OS and carrying an asking price of just $69. Continue Reading
Xiaomi MiBox 4K Streaming Media Player Reviewed

May 03, 2017

PlayStation Vue Internet TV Service Reviewed

I recently decided to cut the cord and get rid of satellite TV service, a journey you can read more... Continue Reading
PlayStation Vue Internet TV Service Reviewed

Dec 28, 2016

DirecTV NOW Internet TV Service Reviewed

DirecTV has officially launched its competitor to Dish Network's Sling TV service. The online TV service, called DirecTV NOW, went... Continue Reading
DirecTV NOW Internet TV Service Reviewed

Dec 05, 2016

Home Theater Review's Best of 2016 Awards

'Tis the season for Home Theater Review's annual best-of list, where we select the best products we've reviewed in the past 12 months. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's Best of 2016 Awards

May 11, 2016

Cyberlink PowerDVD 16 Ultra Media Center Software Reviewed

Is there anyone reading this who has never used some type of media management software on a computer? In this... Continue Reading
Cyberlink PowerDVD 16 Ultra Media Center Software Reviewed

Apr 04, 2016

Apple TV (4th Generation) Streaming Media Player Reviewed

Adrienne Maxwell explores Apple's fourth-generation Apple TV. This streaming media player boasts a number of improvements like voice search and an app store, but it's also missing crucial features for our audience. Continue Reading
Apple TV (4th Generation) Streaming Media Player Reviewed

Mar 07, 2016

Amazon Fire TV (2nd Generation) 4K Streaming Media Player

Adrienne Maxwell explores Amazon's new 4K-friendly Fire TV streaming media player to see how it compares with original Fire TV and other 4K boxes from Roku and Nvidia. Continue Reading
Amazon Fire TV (2nd Generation) 4K Streaming Media Player

Feb 24, 2016

LG webOS Smart TV Platform Reviewed

In 2013, LG bought webOS from Hewlett-Packard. In 2014, LG replaced the proprietary smart platform in its networkable TVs with... Continue Reading
LG webOS Smart TV Platform Reviewed

Dec 07, 2015

Home Theater Review's Best of 2015 Awards

It's that time of year again--time for the HomeTheaterReview.com staff to pick the products that we feel represent the best of the best from all of our 2015 reviews. We've covered a variety of categories and price points. See if your faves made the list. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's Best of 2015 Awards

Dec 02, 2015

Roku 4 Ultra HD Streaming Media Player Reviewed

Adrienne Maxwell explores the new $130 4K-friendly Roku 4 streaming media player. How does it measure up against other players? Read on to find out. Continue Reading
Roku 4 Ultra HD Streaming Media Player Reviewed

Oct 05, 2015

NVIDIA SHIELD 4K Streaming Media Player Reviewed

Adrienne Maxwell reviews the NVIDIA SHIELD 4K streaming media player, which uses the Android TV platform. This one has a strong gaming emphasis but also offers HT-friendly features like hi-res audio support, 24Hz output, and internal media storage. Continue Reading
NVIDIA SHIELD 4K Streaming Media Player Reviewed

Sep 23, 2015

Samsung Smart Hub 2015 Web Platform Reviewed

Adrienne Maxwell explores the 2015 version of Samsung's Smart Hub Web platform--a complete makeover of last year's design that's built around the Tizen operating system. Continue Reading
Samsung Smart Hub 2015 Web Platform Reviewed

Jul 06, 2015

Sony FMP-X10 4K Media Player Reviewed

Sony recently opened up its FMP-X10 4K Media Player to work with any HDCP 2.2-compliant UHD TV, not just Sony UHD TVs. Adrienne Maxwell puts the player to the test to see if it's worth that $700 price tag. Continue Reading
Sony FMP-X10 4K Media Player Reviewed

Mar 11, 2015

Amazon Ultra HD Instant Video Service Reviewed

Until Ultra HD Blu-ray arrives later this year, the primary way for early adopters to enjoy 4K content is through... Continue Reading
Amazon Ultra HD Instant Video Service Reviewed

Feb 25, 2015

Sling TV Streaming Video Service Reviewed

Sling TV turned a lot of heads and won a lot of awards at CES. Now that the live TV streaming service has launched, we tried it out on a variety of devices to see how well it delivers on the hype. Continue Reading
Sling TV Streaming Video Service Reviewed

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