Some of the top-rated streaming media players for 2015 include Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast and the Roku 3, according to PC Magazine. Highly rated portable streaming media stick options include the Fire TV stick and the Roku stick. Amazon options offer simple access to Amazon Prime video and the Amazon Fire app store, while Roku options provide quick connectivity with channels listed in the Roku Channel Store. The Apple TV lets viewers download media from iTunes.
Streaming media players offer great value across the board due to their flexibility in accessing media and their low price tags, while stick options offer portable access to media and even lower price points.
In terms of economy, the Amazon Fire TV stick wins out, with a price of $39.99. This portable stick player offers 8GB of internal storage, letting users take along their favorite media, and it works with smartphones and tablets for greater versatility in use. The 2015 Roku stick costs approximately $55, and though rated highly, it lacks the internal storage capacity of the Fire TV stick and the ability to access Android apps.
For home use, Amazon's 2015 Fire TV streaming media player sits right on par with the price of the 2015 Roku 3, with the two players priced $99.99 and $98.99, respectively. The Fire TV options work seamlessly with a wide array of channels through the proprietary Fire TV operating system, while the Roku 3 gives users options for adding Roku Channel Store channels along with private user-created channels.