Best Streaming Box For Free TV – Buying Guide

We know that it can be tough to find the right streaming box for you these days. There’s a ton of options on the market, all with different features and capabilities. If you aren’t super tech savvy, you may find it hard to know which fits your needs and budget.

Luckily, we have made a list of the best internet TV boxes on the market today in simple language so you can make the best choice for you.

The products below range from affordable and streamlined (like the Amazon Firestick) to real powerhouses with tons of special features (like the Nvidia Shield).

To help you decide which one is best for you, there’s a few key points you should consider.

  1. Speed – More powerful processors mean faster, more reliable streams at higher resolutions
  2. Resolution – The best resolution out there right now is 4k HD, some boxes support it, some don’t
  3. Ethernet capability – Some boxes let you connect straight to your router with Ethernet for better performance
  4. Price – Goes without saying. Look for the best value for your needs

Keep in mind that if you are looking to stream content using apps like KODI or Gears TV, you can buy any of these boxes and install them yourself using our guides, or you can simply buy a fully jailbroken version with everything fully installed through TechLife.TV. Save yourself time and effort, and get everything you want straight out of the box.

Amazon Fire TV
(5 / 5)
Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote (1st Gen), streaming media player

Pros

  • HD streaming
  • Fast processors
  • Well priced
  • Convenient size

Cons

  • No Ethernet
  • Lack of ports

This 3rd Generation version of the Amazon Fire TV is a sleek upgrade to the classic Firestick model. Many of the specs are the same between them, such as Amazon’s user-friendly navigation system, and both support the same streaming services (such as Netflix, HBO, and Kodi). This is a great mid-range device with quick streaming that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

Nvidia Shield
(5 / 5)
NVIDIA Shield TV | 4K HDR Streaming Media Player

Pros

  • Extremely fast HD streaming
  • GeForce gaming capabilities
  • Tons of features
  • Game controller included

Cons

  • Somewhat limited memory space

Simply put, the Nvidia Sheild is the most powerful streaming box available on the market right now. This box streams four times faster than the Amazon Firestick, and operates on a sleek new interface for 2018. Most notably, this device provides a ton of options for gamers looking to play all the biggest PC and console titles on their TV. If you want to invest in a high-quality, powerful streaming box that provides a ton of features, definitely consider the Shield.

Amazon Firestick
(4.7 / 5)
Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, streaming media player

Pros

  • Convenient and easy to use
  • Very affordable
  • Fast and reliable streaming

Cons

  • No HD resolution
  • Limited features compared to other devices

All in all, the Amazon Firestick is a perfectly capable device for anyone who just wants to stream on their TV, doesn’t need a lot of bells and whistles, and doesn’t want to break the bank.

Amazon Cube Internet TV Box
(4.5 / 5)
Fire TV Cube | Hands-Free with Alexa and 4K Ultra HD | Streaming Media Player

Pros

  • Alexa compatible
  • Can operate entire entertainment system by voice
  • Fast loading times
  • 4k HD streaming

Cons

  • Voice commands sometimes do not work smoothly
  • Higher price may not justify hands-free option

The Amazon Fire TV Cube is a great option for those looking for a powerful streaming box with voice-control technology that offers 4k HD. If you are interested in a device that can serve as the hub for your entire entertainment system, the Cube may be a good bet. If you are lukewarm on the Alexa option, however, you may prefer to go with a simpler option, such as the Amazon Firestick or Fire TV.

H96 Android Pro Plus
(4.5 / 5)
Android 7.1 H96 Pro Plus TV BOX 3G DDR3 16G EMMC Amlogic S912 Octa-core Powerful Set Top Box with Bluetooth 4.1 Dual Band 2.4G/5G WIFI 1000M Ethernet [ Comes with Mini Keyboard ]

Pros

  • Extremely fast HD streaming
  • Lots of storage space
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • No voice control

This product is an excellent alternative to the Amazon Fire TV due to its increased speed and lower price-tag. If you don’t care about owning something brand-name, this box is a fantastic choice.

Toshiba Fire TV Edition
(4 / 5)

Full Review
Toshiba 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV - Fire TV Edition

Pros

  • Extremely fast HD streaming
  • Easy set up
  • No boxes/dongles/sticks to deal with
  • Multiple HDMI inputs

Cons

  • Lack of Dolby Atmos support
  • Limited memory

The Toshiba Fire TV edition is an affordable, fast, and high-resolution option if you are ready to make the upgrade to a smart TV. This device incorporates all the features of a powerful streaming box into a great TV.


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