The Roku series of streaming devices are the best devices for rural areas as of April 2015. Roku devices offer the most compatibility with various streaming services, good performance and lower prices as compared to competitor's devices.
The functionality of any streaming device is highly dependent on the quality of the available Internet connection in an area. However, the wide variety of streaming services compatible with Roku streaming devices makes it easy to find one that works well for a particular connection. Roku offers several devices for different needs and budgets, from the entry-level Roku Streaming Stick to the fully-featured Roku 3 player.