Select My Media Devices
Guide To Selecting Media Devices For Your Media Room
There are 5 categories of current generation media devices:
4K TVs w/streaming apps
4K Streaming Devices w/streaming apps
TV Antenna / Cable TV DVRs, some w/streaming media apps
4K Blu-ray Disk Devices
Smartphones for content casting, including personal media, to your TV
And of course you may already have prior generations devices in your media room.
Coming soon: our guide to the major streaming apps themselves!
4K TVs w/ Streaming Apps
The 3 brands that we recommend - LG, Samsung & Sony - support the major streaming apps, inc. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Vudu and DirecTV's Sunday Ticket NFL football app.
Therefore a 4K TV is a good media source for your streaming apps. Check out our 4K TV recommendations.
4K Streaming Devices w/ Streaming Apps
There are many brands in this category, with each brand has several devices to choose from. Here's list of major brands:
Android TV - renamed to Google TV. we don't recommend it because its new user interface still doesn't measure up
Apple TV - side project for Apple, infrequent update so we don't recommend it, even if you are a iPhone household
Fire TV - is worth considering, especially if you consume a lot of Amazon Prime content. Its user interface is okay.
Roku - the best steaming media platform, yet its user interface is basic
TV Antenna / Cable DVRs with 4K Streaming Media Apps
No Ads While Watching Cable / Streaming Apps: TiVo DVR
TiVo DVR is unique in that it is the ONLY device that combines 'Live TV', recorded shows/
movies with auto-skipping of ads AND has streaming apps, which can all be ad-free.
While a TV show or movie is being recorded on your TiVo DVR, a person is 'bookmarking' where ads start and where they stop. After the recording is finished, TiVo sends these 'bookmarks' to your TiVo.
With the Auto-Skip option enabled, when you play back a recorded TV show or movie, the TiVo will automatically skip over each ad as it occurs. Thus ad-free TV except when you watch live.
For the streaming apps you have on TiVo, pay extra where appropriate, such as Hulu, for their ad-free subscription. This way whether you are watching a cable, Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu show, you will see NO ADs ! ! !
4K Blu-ray Players
EnjoyMyTV is biased here. We are NOT a fan of physical media for several reasons including having to have storage space.
Instead we recommend using the streaming app Vudu to buy the media you want to 'own'. There are many advantages to Vudu including it let's you download your media to your mobile devices for watching went out of range of the Internet (airplanes).
Yet if you have a library of DVDs / Blu-ray discs and want the best player for these, then here are some units to consider.
Smartphones for Content Casting
The 4K TVs that we have selected all support your smartphone 'casting' content from your phone to your 4k TV. This includes both Apple IOS phones as well as all Android phones.
The typical use case is to cast personal media from your smartphone to your TV or if you have been watching content on your phone and come home, then you can continue watching that content on your 4K TV screen