/>
X

2013's top four Internet media extenders (Gallery)

I watch TV via the Internet every day. Here are my top device choices for cordcutters.
01appletv.jpg
1 of 4 Steven Vaughan-Nichols/ZDNet

Apple TV

If you know anything about Internet media extenders, then you know about the Apple TV. It's biggest virtue over the other selections is that you can easily stream videos to it from your home media library. Now, if only iTunes wasn't such a miserable excuse for a media program, whether you run on on Macs or Windows, I'd be perfectly happy with this pairing. 

02roku3.jpg
2 of 4 Steven Vaughan-Nichols/ZDNet

Roku 3

If you want the widest possible choice of Internet video "channels," then you want a Roku box. It also features the best built-in Internet video search funciton. While the top of the line Roku 3 is quite good, you can get a lower-priced model and not give up any real functionality. 

03chromecast.jpg
3 of 4 Steven Vaughan-Nichols/ZDNet

Chromecast

If you want to see anything you can see on a Chrome Web browser on your smartphone, tablet, or PC on your HDTV, then Google's inexpensive Chromecast is what you want.

04sony-bluray-dvd.jpg
4 of 4 Steven Vaughan-Nichols/ZDNet

Samsung BluRay DVD

If, like me, you also watch a lot of DVDs, you may want to consider getting an Internet-video enabled DVD player. This way you only need one box for most of your Internet video needs. The downside is that the user interfaces tend to be bad and your selection of Internet "channels" are very limited. 

Related Galleries

Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6: Electric vehicle extravaganza
img-8825

Related Galleries

Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6: Electric vehicle extravaganza

26 Photos
A weekend with Google's Chrome OS Flex
img-9792-2

Related Galleries

A weekend with Google's Chrome OS Flex

22 Photos
Cybersecurity flaws, customer experiences, smartphone losses, and more: ZDNet's research roundup
shutterstock-1024665187.jpg

Related Galleries

Cybersecurity flaws, customer experiences, smartphone losses, and more: ZDNet's research roundup

8 Photos
Inside a fake $20 '16TB external M.2 SSD'
Full of promises!

Related Galleries

Inside a fake $20 '16TB external M.2 SSD'

8 Photos
Hybrid working, touchscreen MacBook hopes, cybersecurity concerns, and more: ZDNet's tech research roundup
Asian woman working at a desk in front of a computer and calculator

Related Galleries

Hybrid working, touchscreen MacBook hopes, cybersecurity concerns, and more: ZDNet's tech research roundup

8 Photos
Developer trends, zero-day risks, 5G speeds, and more: Tech research roundup
Person seated at a booth in a cafe looks at their phone and laptop.

Related Galleries

Developer trends, zero-day risks, 5G speeds, and more: Tech research roundup

10 Photos
Drive Electric Day: A dizzying array of EVs in sunny Florida
ca3b4019-26c5-4ce0-a844-5aac39e2c34b.jpg

Related Galleries

Drive Electric Day: A dizzying array of EVs in sunny Florida

16 Photos